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: 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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Diabetes and parenting

Diabetes and parenting

There is so much about being a parent that isn't revealed until you are in the throws of it. You know the sort of thing — as soon as you announce you are pregnant, the truth starts to tumble out from those already on the parenting side of the fence. And so the guilt starts. ALL the guilt! First there are the pregnancy horror stories — the tales of endless vomiting...

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When your days are dominated by numbers

When your days are dominated by numbers

I was already overweight at a very young age, and part of my life has been dominated by numbers ever since. Mainly the numbers on the scales. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had another number to check: the number shown on my glucose meter. And then there were the numbers telling me the carbohydrate content of my food. The scales I use to weigh my food with...

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What diabetes has taught me about happiness

What diabetes has taught me about happiness

When I think of things that make me happy, my chronic illness doesn’t immediate spring to mind. Friends and family? Yes. Wine and cheese? Of course. Sunsets and springtime and freshly washed sheets… but not so much my type 1 diabetes, which I have lived with for 22 years. It can be tiresome, relentless and frustrating and there’s no off switch. But on International...

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Where fashion meets diabetes

Where fashion meets diabetes

When I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 35, my world was turned upside down. I had suffered from gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. I knew the impact that diabetes would have on my life. Except now it was permanent. I decided straight away that I wanted to be very open about my diabetes. I injected myself in public with my insulin pen which I used in...

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