Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes

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I

n November 1989 Jade Byrne

was diagnosed with Type 1

diabetes, when she was four

years old. She says, "My mum

noticed I was thirsty, tired, losing

weight, and going to the loo all the time. I'd

had a bad cold and been rather ill but my

mum thought, 'she needs testing for Type

I diabetes'. She took me to the doctors

and insisted they test me. Both my dad

and the doctor thought she was bonkers

but she'd recently read an article about

diabetes, so it clicked. Thank goodness

for pushy mums, I think fate intervened."

Byrne will be 'celebrating' her 30th

dia-versary this coming November but

she remembers the kit she was given all

that time ago. "When I was first diagnosed

I was given plastic syringes, the ones with

the orange lids, and put on Actrapid and

I think Humalog and had to mix them

together when I injected. I did have a

blood test meter too and was told to have

a specific amount of carbs per meal as

well as 10g snacks at 11am and 2pm."

Initially her parents did her injections

but she has another strong memory of

going away with the BDA (British Diabetes

Association) for a family weekend at age

five. "Most of the kids were older than

"I felt that the public

needed to know the

facts about what living

with diabetes is like.

OPPOSITE: Jade Byrne sporting her Dexcom CGM.

ABOVE: Byrne with the poster for her play, Pricks.

me," recalls Byrne, "I remember suddenly

deciding that I had to do my injections

by myself. I was full of attitude and told

my parents that was how it was going to

be! At about the age of 10 I changed to

insulin pens. I remember that being an

improvement. Much easier to use and the

pen even looked good."

It wasn't until the age of 16 that Byrne

went onto four injections a day, learning

how to carb count properly around the

age of 23, finally doing a DAFNE course

(Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating).

"I had been offered a pump in the past,

but I had not wanted to have something

attached to me all the time. However,

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  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Input Fusion
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  7. Desang diabetes kitbags, free online diabetes magazine, diabetic kit
  8. diabetes food news, diabetic diet, counting carbohydrates
  9. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  10. Kendra Leighton, Rawr chocolate, type 1 diabetes
  11. Page 0011
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  13. diabetes food news, diabetic diet, diabetes nutrition, British Nutrition Foundation, find your balan
  14. diabetes food news, diabetic diet, diabetes nutrition, British Nutrition Foundation, find your balan
  15. Page 0015
  16. Page 0016
  17. Page 0017
  18. Page 0018
  19. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  20. Free diabetes magazine, Desang diabetes magazine
  21. Free diabetes magazine, Desang diabetes magazine
  22. diabetes food news, protein balls, Deliciously Ella, Bounce Foods, The Protein Ball company, diabete
  23. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  24. Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes
  25. Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes
  26. Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes
  27. Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes
  28. Input JDRF diabetes charity, diabetes technology
  29. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders
  30. Diabetes kit, microneedle CGM, Imperial College London Diabetes Research, Dr Monika Reddy
  31. Diabetes kit, microneedle CGM, Imperial College London Diabetes Research, Dr Monika Reddy
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  36. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump for Animas users
  37. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump for Animas users
  38. Free diabetes magazine, Desang diabetes magazine

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