Mum tries to raise diabetes awareness
Son diagnosed in April
James Heaven shows off a gadget for checking his insulin levels A MOTHER has been raising awareness of diabetes after her son was diagnosed with the condition.
Gemma Heaven, from Beaconsfield, found out her three-year-old son James had type one diabetes in April this year.
She had little idea about the disease and how to manage it, and had to learn as she went along with the nursery James attends, Jack and Jill PreSchool in Shepherd’s Lane.
Mrs Heaven said: “I noticed James kept asking me for drinks, he was always thirsty and that’s a symptom.
“I took him to the doctor who did some tests. He said to me, ‘We’ll wait for the results but I’m sure your son has diabetes’. We had to go to Wycombe Hospital and they put him on insulin, he’s had to have it ever since.”
James has to have seven to 10 finger prick tests and four injections a day, and his food has to be weighed so he gets an precise amount of carbohydrates.
It all meant a lot of changes for the family.
“His brother Thomas is seven and tries to help,” Mrs Heaven said.
“The nursery have been great, they adapt as I can often come in after the weekend and all his levels have changed and I need to tell them what he can now eat.
“The children also know James has diabetes, they may not understand yet, but they know he has a special snack and needs injections.”
To mark World Diabetes Day, James, the children at the nursery and his carer all helped raise awareness and funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by dressing in onesies.
“James will go to school and we want people to know,” she said. “The kids have seen James have injections before, and it gets rid of that mystery.
“I am not saying it patronisingly because I didn’t know anything about diabetes either, but it will help if people know more.”