Diabetes support group is planned
Pupils Alyssa and Morgan the inspiration behind bid
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.
Join in Alyssa Gray and Morgan Dickie with posters