MUM’S BID TO CHANGE LIVES
A Kirkcudbright mum is waging war on diabetes.
Soenaid Anderson is calling for the Scottish Government to back plans which she claims will “changes lives for the better”.
The pharmacist, whose daughter Maisie has type one diabetes, wants to see painful finger prick tests replaced with glucose sensor strips on prescription.
A Kirkcudbright mum is calling on the Scottish Parliament to take action in a bid to help the country’s diabetics.
Soenaid Anderson will address a delegation of MSPs when they visit the town next week.
The meeting has been set up as campaigners push for continuous glucose monitoring sensors to be made available on prescription.
And Soenaid, whose 13-year-old daughter Maisie was diagnosed with type one diabetes three years ago, believes enabling people to use scanners on their arm rather than forcing them to prick their finger to obtain a blood sugar reading would make a huge difference.
She said: “The change to the quality of life is unbelievable. A couple of weeks ago we had no scanner so Maisie had to finger prick for a week or so and having to do that was devastating.
“I don’t think people realise how much it hurts.
“It is so much easier on kids but also for parents, not having to wake them at 2am, which means you’re not as tired in the morning.”
The informal meeting, which is being held in the Arden House Hotel on Friday, September 8, has been arranged as a result of a petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to push the Scottish Government into making continuous glucose monitoring sensors available under prescription.
Soenaid, who runs KBT Pharmacy, is keen for as many people as possible to attend.
She said: “Diabetes is rising by four per cent in Dumfries and Galloway every year.
“As a pharmacist I see how much the scanners cost and it’s not much different to the current system.
“It is less invasive and pain free. It will save money in the long run as it will prevent future problems such as loss of feeling in the finger. “It is a complete no-brainer.” To raise awareness of the issue and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( JDRF), Soenaid is taking part in the Loch Ness Marathon on September 24.
She has formed the Nessie Numpties with two fellow members of Kirkcudbright Running Club – Tracy and Julie Baty who are running for the Jenna Dempster Superstar Fund meningitis research organisation.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Soenaid can pop into KBT Pharmacy in St Mary Street or call her on 0791 389 3561.
People interested in attending the meeting, which will run from 8am to 9.30am, are asked to register in advance by contacting Soenaid.
Change the rules Mum Soenaid with diabetic daughter Maisie
Top team Soenaid Anderson, Julie Baty, Soenaid’s daughter Maisie, Tracy Baty and Soenaid’s daughter Lily