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.

Kaleido wedding special: Preparing for the wedding!

Kaleido wedding special: Preparing for the wedding!

Well here we are, the wedding is so close now the excitement around us is palpable. I’m not sure I’ve allowed the excitement to set in yet. There’s still so much left to do that I almost forget how much I’ve prepared. There have been so many things to consider over the last 2 years of planning that actually factoring in things to make my diabetes management easier...

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World Diabetes Day 2019: what Kaleido means to me.

World Diabetes Day 2019: what Kaleido means to me.

You're nine years old. The pediatrician tells you that you’ll spend the rest of your life dealing with a nasty, unfair disease called ‘Type 1 diabetes mellitus’. Great news – not. In hindsight, I should have just eaten the whole pack of biscuits there and then. Mainly because they didn't serve anything decent in the next week in hospital. Except for the...

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My journey from Dia-BAD to Diabadass!

My journey from Dia-BAD to Diabadass!

I was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 6, way back in 1997. Most people make the assumption that because I was diagnosed so young that over the years I've become 'used' to living with diabetes but this couldn’t be any further from the truth. I've actually found it extremely difficult transitioning through the different stages of life with type one. And...

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Mental Health Day 2019: Dare to Share!

Mental Health Day 2019: Dare to Share!

Research shows that when you have diabetes, your risk of developing depression more than doubles. In fact, some studies show that people with diabetes could be up four times as likely to develop problems with their mental health. I was diagnosed with Type 1 in the early spring of 2013. Lucky for me, I was taken care of brilliantly by an amazing new doctor and team....

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Kaleido wedding special: my fiancée and her T1D

Kaleido wedding special: my fiancée and her T1D

When I first met Niki, I had no idea she had diabetes (not that it mattered to me of course). It wasn’t long before I found out though when we went for a coffee at the café and she took insulin for it. Some of my family members have Type 2 Diabetes and I’m ashamed to say that I never really took the time to find out more. All of that changed the minute Niki whipped...

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Kaleido wedding special: why Kaleido?

When I realised I would have to go wedding dress shopping, I had the obvious anxieties and body image issues. On top of that was the worry of what I would do with my pump in a wedding dress? Did I go wedding dress shopping wanting to be able to access my pump being a box to tick? Or did I, on this one occasion vow not to dress for my pump as I normally feel I do? I...

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