About Diabetes

Let’s go back to basics: if you have diabetes it means something goes wrong with your insulin production. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, this might mean taking matters into your own hands 24/7, to make sure you’re getting the insulin you need. This happens with either multiple daily injections (MDI), or with an insulin pump system.

… But we’re guessing you already knew that.

For the inside scoop, take a walk through some of the posts below – all written by Kaleidoers and other people with diabetes. Super useful if you want to know more about life with diabetes.

To our very first doctors

To our very first doctors

It’s almost a running gag. So much so, that when I was at a big international diabetes conference one of the leading UK advocates for better care joked that “10 years is still 10 years away”. Because that’s what they told us, or at least most of us, after our diagnosis. “In 10 years, there's a cure for diabetes.” Seven years in I don’t think the 10 year deadline is...

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Dating with Diabetes

Dating with Diabetes

When I first asked my diabetes team about the possibility of switching to an insulin pump in 2014, I was in a long-term relationship. I felt comfortable, safe and supported, and while I’d happily been on injections for nearly 20 years, I knew there was functionality in an insulin pump that I could benefit from, particularly when it came to exercise. Previously I...

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What I learned in 7 years with diabetes

What I learned in 7 years with diabetes

During those 7 years, there were bad times, but also good times – highs and lows, just like with diabetes. I met amazing people and learned from their experiences (and my own) – and I still do. So for those of you who have just received the diagnosis, or just need to hear it again: these are 7 things I learned in 7 years with Type 1 Diabetes. 1. It’s not my fault....

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Better-than-good New Year’s resolutions

Better-than-good New Year’s resolutions

Entering my blood sugar level on my handset, I inadvertently breathe a deep sigh. It’s an unmistakeable ‘I’m fed up of having diabetes’ sigh. Sky-high sugar levels, a thirst that’s a liability for half the city’s water pressure, and frustration... What’s causing those high sugar levels now? I really don’t have a clue. I’ve neatly calculated all my carbohydrates,...

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Pregnancy special: my first trimester with Kaleido

Pregnancy special: my first trimester with Kaleido

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a mother, but I also wanted to enjoy being a young adult as well. I lived like a god(ess) in France and was happily reckless. Even with the ups and downs I had with my blood sugar. Then came that moment of shock with my endo, who said I should start using an insulin pump if I really wanted to have a child. After a long...

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Cooking, eating and diabetes

Cooking, eating and diabetes

When I was asked to write a blog about type 1 diabetes, cooking, and eating during the festive season, I didn't need to give it a second thought. I live and breathe cooking, food, and diabetes. l also enjoy all the good things in life and love being in the kitchen every day. When my pancreas decided not to produce insulin anymore, I accepted it pretty quickly. I'm...

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