Actress Jade Byrne, Pricks the play, Type 1 diabetes

LIVINGLIVING

eventually, it just made more sense to

go on a pump than to continue doing

injections and four years ago I went onto

an Omnipod, and I love it. I wanted a

tubeless pump because of my career as

an actress. My diabetes specialist nurse

had shown me the Omnipod when I went

on the DAFNE course and my consultant

mentioned it as one of the choices that

were available."

On the stage

Byrne has always attended Darlington

Memorial Hospital, even when she was

studying musical theatre in Leeds. "It

was crazy - I was basically dancing all

day long. Diabetes has never stopped

me doing things, but it was a hurdle I had

to overcome. It was hard; I had a lot of

hypos. I carried Lucozade around with

me all the time. It is always difficult to

juggle exercise. I got through it though! I

decided that I had to manage it, it wasn't

going to manage me. I came back home

to Darlington after studying as my then

boyfriend was working here and we

decided to move in together. He is now

my husband."

When she was younger Byrne had

been told she wouldn't be able to have

children because of her condition, then

when she got older the consultants

started to say it was possible for her

to have her own children, but she had

already made up her mind to adopt and

the couple have since adopted two girls.

While raising a family, Byrne has

been working at Jabberwocky Market,

which host world-class, small scale

theatre shows, and this inspired here to

write her own show. While she visiting

the Edinburgh Fringe festival she had a

chance to jot some notes down when

she started to have a hypo. "I thought,

'this is what I need to tell people about'.

Writing Pricks, made me realise a lot of

things about myself and my diabetes, and

what it does your mental health. I hadn't

thought about it that way until I started to

write about it. Although I'd written about it

from my point of view, I started to see the

impact it had family and friends too."

At the moment Byrne is touring with

Pricks. "I did the first preview in June

of last year then the entire four-week

Edinburgh run in August, then a northern

tour in November. Now I am embarking

on a UK tour. Initially the audience was

mainly non-diabetics, but as some Type

ABOVE: Byrne is currently touring with her play, Pricks.

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