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.

No Kaleido? Back to the pen, then!

No Kaleido? Back to the pen, then!

Two months ago when Kaleido’s e-mail telling me to stop using their pump appeared out of thin air, it was quite a shock to me. At first, I thought it was a bad joke, because the message came via e-mail. The problems that happened to me at the start were all fixed and that’s exactly why I had never seen this coming. After processing my initial thoughts, my DSN...

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Tine’s story on hormones and type 1 diabetes

Tine’s story on hormones and type 1 diabetes

I received my diabetes diagnosis in 2013, and at that time I was taking the contraceptive pill. I didn’t give it much thought, and my healthcare professionals didn’t raise it either, so I figured it wasn’t a big deal. Fast forward to 2015 and I experienced my first properly diagnosed depressive episode. Around that time I’d read a lot about a possible link between...

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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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