Written by engage 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.
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
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:
- The financial burden
- The constant attention and rigour it demands
- 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.