Some years ago I stumbled across the web site of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). They were looking for people with type 1 diabetes to join an advisory group to comment on a microprobe blood glucose sensing device, which sounded intriguing, so I volunteered. Although I’d had type 1 diabetes for approaching five decades at that point, surprisingly this was the first time I’d actually thought about participating in research. Continue reading Participate in Research – it’s a WIN, WIN!
After living with Type 1 for 5 decades, this year I’m celebrating becoming a Diabetes UK and Joslin Medalist. Throughout the year I’ve been reminiscing and reflecting on how things have been and at times, wondering why and how I’ve been so lucky to arrive here! I’d like to share some thoughts that have helped me stay optimistic and well in the hope that others may discover things to help them on their way. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, so feel incredibly privileged to be a Diabetes Medalist, but thankfully learning from errors has usually spurred me on, so… Continue reading Reflections on 50 yrs with T1 Diabetes 1965 – 2015 (first published Oct 2015)
Although T1 for 49 years, I’m relatively new to the DOC and am still finding my way on Twitter. Looking back, I knew of just one person with diabetes at school but I don’t recall EVER talking about it to other T1s during my first few ‘diabetic decades’. One or two blood tests and clinic visits per year in those days – you had to wait over 3 hrs at the clinic for the blood test result – and that was it. And I don’t recall ever talking diabetes with my GP. My control as a teen was poor, due mainly to erratic eating behaviour – but that’s a (long) story for another day… I’m really not sure how I’ve turned out relatively healthy, but since joining the DOC I’ve now read about a ‘protective factor’ that blesses some of us with few complications https://www.joslin.org/news/diabetes-veterans-may-show-ways-to-prevent-complications.html. This is just one of the hundreds of new things I’ve discovered from the DOC – I’ve learned so much! Continue reading Loving and learning from the #DOC (first published 2014)