Saturday, 20 August 2011


I think I've probably felt every emotion there is to feel this week.  It's quite fair to say that it has been one heck of a roller coaster ride.  However, all of the nerves, all of the worries, all of the sleepless nights spent tossing and turning in bed and all of the preparation finally paid off.

On Thursday, I went to 6th Form with knots in my stomach to collect my A Level exam results.  I got an 'A' in Philosophy and Ethics, a 'B' in English Language and a 'B' in Psychology.  I exceeded the grades required for my firm University choice.

It was one of the best days of my life and a reminder that diabetes doesn't have to compromise you.  You can still achieve everything you want to.  I am going to university and, one day, I will be a Speech Therapist!  Success!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Being Blunt And To The Point.

How often do you change your needles or lancets?

'Nowhere near enough' is the answer from many diabetics, including me.  At least, that was until I was shown this image.

I am now changing my needles after every use.  Can't say that I like the look of the hooks on those beasts!

Monday, 8 August 2011

A Loving Incentive.

Warning:  This post might be a bit 'soppy'. 
Sorry guys!

This won't be a long post.  Mainly, it is just a reminder of how our loved ones want us to be safe and well.

My boyfriend, Adam, has always been extremely supportive in all aspects of my life.  Most importantly, in many ways, he has helped me to think positively about my diabetes.  He takes an interest in it - he's read about it, listens to me go on and on about it, does my bg tests and injections if need be and has been to pretty much all of my doctors appointments with me since we got together nearly 3 years ago.  He's brilliant.

If I wasn't already aware of how much he cared for my well-being, I was reminded when I spotted this:

I've always been terrible at filling in my monitoring diaries, so this is a really great incentive, as well as being a sweet gesture.  Thank you, Adam.  I love you.

And it's working...


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

There are worse things than Diabetes.

There's no denying it, diabetes is a horrible disease.  It is unpredictable and unexpected.  It attacks your body and affects your life and the lives of your loved ones more than anyone would ever have imagined.  At its worse, diabetes is a murderer.

I think that, for most people, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is soul-destroying.  D-Parents worry intensely and the person with it cannot envision how they will ever be able to live a 'normal' life again.  However the truth of the matter is that if we look after our diabetes properly, we can do anything we put our minds to!  Although it is frustrating and potentially dangerous, there are much worse diseases to have than diabetes.

This realisation struck me one day when I was watching a TV programme called Born to be Different.  It was a documentary about 6, ten year old children, each born with different disabilities.  All of the children were inspiring, but it was a girl named Shelbie who caught my attention.

Shelbie has a rare chromosome disorder called Partial Trisomy 9P.  This can cause heart defects, physical abnormalities and severe learning difficulties.  She requires several different drugs a day and has a limited life-span.  Not only that, but at the age of 10 Shelbie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

When interviewed, Shelbie's mum said that she was worried by the fact that "when their blood sugar levels are low, people with diabetes can say they feel funny.  Shelbie can't do that."  What surprised me most of all was that, 3 weeks later, Shelbie's mum went on to say that "diabetes has actually been the easiest part of her care."

It was this that made me realise that there are far worse things to have than diabetes.  For Shelbie's mum, diabetes was just yet another problem to add to the long list of her daughter's disorders.  Of course diabetes, like any other disease, is evil.  We all wish that we or our loved ones didn't have it.  But, with access to the right care and effort, diabetes doesn't have to stop anyone from living a fully functioning life.  It's such a shame that I couldn't say the same about disorders such as Partial Trisomy 9P.

Sending Shelbie and her family hope of better health and happiness in the future. x