Di­a­betes sup­port group is planned

Pupils Alyssa and Mor­gan the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind bid

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stu­art Mc­Far­lane

Two girls with type one di­a­betes are the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind plans for a new sup­port group.

St Joseph’s Col­lege pupil Alyssa Gray, 12, needs daily in­sulin in­jec­tions and con­stant mon­i­tor­ing of her blood sugar lev­els to en­sure she doesn’t fall ill.

Alyssa dis­cov­ered an­other girl at her school, 13-year-old Mor­gan Dickie, also lives with di­a­betes.

And after see­ing the im­pact that find­ing some­one else with type one had on Alyssa, mum Au­tumn be­came de­ter­mined to give more pa­tients the chance to meet up.

Au­tumn, 33, said: “We’ve been try­ing to set up some­thing like this for a long time. There are a lot of young peo­ple like my daugh­ter who are strug­gling with type one and their fam­i­lies of­ten need sup­port.

“Alyssa never re­ally knew any­one with type one un­til she met Mor­gan and sud­denly hav­ing some­one to talk to about her prob­lems and shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence has im­proved her con­fi­dence.

“My daugh­ter is af­fected ev­ery sin­gle day be­cause low blood sug­ars could lead to seizures and I’ve needed ex­tra sup­port in her teenage years be­cause even emo­tions can make her sug­ars mis­be­have so it would be great to hear from other fam­i­lies who are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.”

A drop-in ses­sion will take place on Sun­day at the Cairn­dale Ho­tel, in Dum­fries, of­fer­ing young­sters and par­ents the chance to have their say on how the pro­posed group could help.

Au­tumn said they also hoped to em­u­late di­a­betes groups else­where in Scot­land by set­ting up a pri­vate Face­book page for young peo­ple to chat openly about the con­di­tion, mod­er­ated by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Di­a­betes Scot­land.

Au­tumn added: “Alyssa has had to miss out on do­ing things with her friends and it re­ally af­fects ev­ery part of her life. She will hide some things so it is crit­i­cal for them to have a safe space where they can talk with­out par­ents be­ing there.

“Peo­ple will be wel­come to come and go at Sun­day’s event. It’s all very in­for­mal and just about get­ting their opin­ions and in­form­ing them of some of the ser­vices of­fered by Di­a­betes Scot­land.”

The event runs from 11am to 2pm, with games and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able.

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