MUM’S BID TO CHANGE LIVES

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stu­art Gille­spie

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

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