My name is Hannah and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1996, at age three. I don’t remember much around the time of my diagnosis but, as there is a strong family history, my parents spotted the signs and knew just what to do with me.
Over the years I have watched the evolution of Diabetes management and it honestly amazes me how far we have come already. I remember the days of watching my Nan draw pig insulin through a syringe and injecting with a needle that was scarily long. I started my diabetic journey with twice daily injections of human mixtard insulin, in pens with disposable insulin cartridges. Meal times were pretty much set in stone and you only got to eat sugary things when having a hypo. Then came the breakthrough. The basal-bolus regime was introduced and, finally, diabetics could eat and live like “normal” people. Carb counting was like a dream come true and I very quickly got the hang of it. This new concept was rolled out in the UK during my early teenage years so the flexibility was very much appreciated! For me, that was more than enough. However, we are now at a stage where we are seeing continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) alongside advanced pump therapy. It really is phenomenal what we as the human race are capable of!
Having lived with this wonderful illness from such a young age, I have never really been bothered by what’s involved with the day-to-day management. I don’t actually know any different so, finger pricking and regular injections are just part of my usual daily routine. In the event that we were to find a cure, I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself…
I do however understand that most people don’t have it as easy as me. I know that dealing with a diagnosis can be extremely difficult and tough to get your head around, whether you are the new diabetic, their parent, partner, friend or family member. There is so much to learn and it really does take time to figure out what works best for you. I, like everyone else, have good and bad days. Sometimes you just have to take a second, step back and figure out what went wrong, in order to put it right. Part of the reason I started this blog was to share my experience and knowledge, in order to help as many people as possible that are in any way affected by Diabetes.
I am passionate about offering my support and hope that you can both enjoy and take something from the content of these posts.
Remember, you are not alone and together, we are stronger!