Fighting Diabetes

Written by on September 15, 2019

For 1079 Life the diabetes fight is personal 

Adelaide’s 1079 Life reaches over 300,000 South Aussies every month. Two of our staff – Bec and Maz – and two kids of our staff have Type 1 Diabetes. We hate it. We fight it. We will win.

We are taking part in JDRF One Walk to turn type one into type none!

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can strike at any time. It affects more than 120,000 Australian families, and 7 people are diagnosed every day.

So our team is walking with the #JDRFbluearmy to raise funds for research to cure, prevent and better treat type 1 diabetes.

Please DONATE NOW and support our walk to change the lives of Australians living with T1D.

Thank you.

Help Bec and Maz reach our team target of $1,079

Maz says,

Living with Type 1 Diabetes is like being part of a juggling troupe which never rests!

I was diagnosed at 18 and can’t imagine life without the constant finger pricking, sugar checking and insulin administering. What T1D has given me though is the confidence I’m stronger than I could ever have believed.

I can’t imagine life without diabetes, but I’d sure like to be able to! That’s why together with 1079 Life, I’m taking part in the JDRF One Walk to #turntypeoneintotypenone

Bec says,

Living with Type 1 Diabetes is like living with an unannounced guest who doesn’t get the hint to leave!

It’s a third wheel in my relationship and it’s that indoor plant that you swore to your friends you would be able to keep alive…. except I HAVE to keep it alive. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up, it’s with me every minute throughout the day and it’s there for me to manage before I go to sleep every night, anxiously wondering if I’ve made the right calculations through the day and whether I will unknowingly go hypoglycemic while I sleep (which happens more often than we like to admit 😓).

One missed dose of my insulin or one miscalculation and my bio-chemistry is at risk of being “deranged”, as my endocrinologist lovingly warns me. Think about how easy it is for us to misplace our car keys or forget a doctors’ appointment. I can’t “take a break” or “forget”. If I do it can and will result into serious consequences.

It’s close to being a year since I was diagnosed and there are days where I feel like I am killing it and totally in control, and then for no reasonable or understandable explanation my body freaks out or throws a curve ball and I am not at all “killing it”.

Before the 1920’s a Type 1 diagnosis was a death sentence.

It’s an autoimmune disease that, unlike a lot of Type 2 diabetic cases (yes there different types ha ha), is not brought on by any action of the patient; our bodies just attacked themselves for no reason. It frustrates me that as a Type 1 diabetic I have done nothing to cause this disease. I didn’t ask for it and I certainly don’t want it!!

Most people my age are saving/spending their money on travel, adventures, first home purchases etc. I and many others have the lovely task of making sure I can afford continuous treatment and management such as insulin, pumps, blood sugar meters, strips, needles, CGMs etc.

I know a cure in my lifetime is a pipe dream, but there’s three extra burdens we live with which would be awesome if they could be eased:

  1. The financial burden
  2. The constant attention and rigour it demands
  3. The daunting responsibility to manually have to maintain my body’s chemistry. It’s like being given the keys to vehicle I’m just not qualified to operate. But the consequences aren’t a ding in the paint work, it’s the longevity and quality of my life.

Help Bec and Maz reach our team target of $1,079


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