I have an interview with Shane Board for you today. Shane not only has Type 1 Diabetes himself, but he also works hard to raise awareness of Type 1 and to raise money towards the search for a cure. Before I write up the interview below, as the parent of a child with type 1 Diabetes, I just want to say thank you Shane!
How old were you when you were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and what can you remember of how you felt at that time?
I was 10 years old (I am now 28) when I was diagnosed and I remember it like it was yesterday. I really did think my life was over as I had no idea what Diabetes was apart from something that could kill me, which is what I believed at the time.
Are you a pump wearer or are on MDI (multiple daily injections)?
I was never on MDI, I started on a Mixed insulin consisting of 2 injections a day called “Mix 25”, I have been using an insulin pump for about 8 years and could never see myself going back to injections as it really has transformed my life.
Type 1 Diabetes is a difficult beast to try and keep vaguely tame, but since your diagnosis and now, what things do you find easier than you did in the first few years?
The hardest thing was always understanding carbohydrates and trying to avoid miscalculating dosing especially before I had the insulin pump. It is amazing how much more improved glucose meters are in the 18 years that I have had Diabetes.
Did your attitude towards your Type 1 Diabetes change as you grew up and if so how and what made that change happen?
When I was a child I simply didn’t want to care about Diabetes as it just made me feel too different from everyone else but when I was 20 I had Diabetic eye screening which detected changes to my eyes, this turned out to be the biggest wake-up call of my life and I literally turned my life around over night, I even managed to reverse the damage done just in time.
If you could say one thing to children who have just been diagnosed with Type 1, what would that be?
Don’t be too scared, it may be a shock right now but things will get better especially if you don’t try and ignore it, you will no doubt even meet new friends who also have it
Also, if you could say one thing to the parents of newly diagnosed children, what would you say?
Diabetes can be rubbish but learn as much as you can because the more you know the easier it will be, make sure your child understands the basics and include any brothers or sisters in understanding a little about it all too.
I’ve heard that you do a lot of fundraising for Type 1 Diabetes. Firstly ‘thank you’ and secondly can you tell myself and my readers a bit about what you do to fundraise for Type 1 and how you also raise awareness?
About 10 years ago I setup a fundraising organisation called Pop 4 Diabetes and we raise money through music by putting on various shows each year.
Our latest event is called “Country 4 a Cure” which is on June 17th 2017, this will be a big country festival with lots of music, food and plenty of activities including a model flying air display and much more. You can find out more by visiting – www.pop4diabetes.co.uk/country
Since I tell my son that Type 1 Diabetes isn’t ‘who’ he is, it’s merely a part of his life, please tell me a random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Type 1?
I have a dog named Jake, a cat named Scooby and a girlfriend called Amanda.
How can people support your fund-raising?