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Nurses make the difference

Nurses make the difference

The day before I started my new life as an adolescent in high school, I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. So I didn’t just start my high school career with a backpack full of books, but also an extra piece of baggage called diabetes. For years I tried to get rid of that baggage, which meant it took me a long time to start accepting my diabetes. Eventually, with...

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A fall-feast with Joy’s pumpkin chocolate chip blondies!

A fall-feast with Joy’s pumpkin chocolate chip blondies!

It’s been quite a year thus far, spending most of the time in some kind of limbo being unsure what’s next. Luckily, there are still some things in life you can be sure about! As leaves are falling, autumn’s calling! And autumn brings you the certainty of pumpkins being in season! Some of those certainties, those beacons, will be slightly more on ourselves this year....

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Thank you diabetes, for my diabuddies.

Thank you diabetes, for my diabuddies.

There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to highlight what matters, or rather who matters most in your life. Amongst the reflections, the spotlight of unending gratitude inevitably falls on friendships. Very recently I have been reminded of how I came across the diabetes community. It was a friendship completely unrelated to diabetes in any form. A friendship I...

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Summer, hot weather and insulin pumps

Summer, hot weather and insulin pumps

The sizzling sunshine has us all digging out the t-shirts, shorts, sunnies and suncream from the back of the wardrobe. Hooray! But with hotter summer temperatures comes a bit of extra stuff to look out for as a person living with diabetes.   Hang on - there’s already enough to think about!   Right?! However, the...

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Language matters!

Language matters!

Being a ‘good diabetic’, striving for ‘optimal blood glucose management, being called ‘non-compliant’ or ‘poorly controlled’ by HCP’s. Just some words and sentences you might’ve heard as a person living with diabetes. All in a day’s work if you’re the manager to your own islets of Langerhans. But should that be? In 2018, the NHS published an extensive document all...

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Daddy’s got diabetes

Daddy’s got diabetes

Ever since I was young, I knew a generic 9-to-5 job wouldn’t cut it for me. I despise the idea of working on set times, and having coffee and lunch breaks on the clock. Many years later I still don’t understand how people can keep up with that. When I was 15 years young, I ended up in inland shipping. I won’t say I got kicked out of school, but there was a kind...

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