Today is World Diabetes Day, and since my eldest son Fin has had Type 1 Diabetes for over 6 years it’s a day of mixed emotions for me. I feel sad that he has to cope with a lot being a Type 1, I feel proud because of how he copes with everything and I also feel hope. Hope that as each year passes, the chances of someone discovering a cure are that much more likely.
My post today is partly to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, if you pop to my Symptoms of Type 1 post you can read about our diagnosis story, and learn the symptoms to look out for in your own children. Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes can result in death, so the signs are really important to know.
I also wanted to do this post to include a link to our Just Giving page, where Fin and his brother have started to try and raise money for JDRF to help research into finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes – a cause that could not be closer to my heart. Any donations are gratefully received and go to JDRF.
To be able to write a post on here about a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is something I dream about, we want to do our bit to try and make that happen, and improve the lives of so many people who live with Type 1.
I don’t want you to pity the children who live with Type 1 Diabetes though, or treat them any differently than you would someone without Type 1 Diabetes, but today of all days I would love for you to take a moment to think about how brave they are with everything that they cope with, and also how amazing it would be if they didn’t have to.
My last reason for doing this post, is to help address a few media misconceptions;
Type 1 Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar
People with Type 1 Diabetes can eat normal food
You do not get Type 1 Diabetes by being obese and living unhealthily – nor Type 2 always!
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the cells in the body (pancreas) that make insulin and is NOT preventable
There is currently no cure for Type 1 Diabetes
In the media, people with any Type of Diabetes are pretty much always associated with obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. With the word ‘diabetes’ usually accompanied with a photo of an overweight person.
Today I thought I’d let you see the truth about Type 1 Diabetes, and using the wonderful ‘T1D Looks Like Me‘ blue covers from the US JDRF’s current campaign, I am showing you just a small proportion of the children and teenagers in the UK who live with Type 1 Diabetes, with their parents and their own permission. You’ll notice a distinct lack of massively overweight people holding burgers in these images – that really is not the Type 1 truth.
Type 1 Diabetes is not something that you cause yourself, and all of the images below show (including my own son) some very brave individuals, who don’t let Type 1 Diabetes beat them or hold them back.
The images don’t show however the brave, hard-working, frequently sleep missing due to night time checking, parents of these amazing children and I want to dedicate my post today to all the other Type 1 parents out there.
Much love, a slightly emotional Stevie x