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Olivia's Libre Story

Olivia Young was diagnosed with Type

1 diabetes when she was seven. Now

24, she started using an NHS-funded

monitor in April. She says, "I'd never

considered that a device like a glucose

monitor, where you don't need to finger

prick to know what your levels are, would

be developed in my lifetime, it hadn't

even crossed my mind! I can't quite

believe something so small has had such

an impact on managing my diabetes.

Since using the monitor, I've seen a huge

improvement in my blood sugar levels as I

can make informed decisions when taking

my insulin by looking at trends. Above all,

it's helped me have more confidence and

improved my mental well-being, I find it

easier to sleep knowing that my blood

sugar is stable before I go to bed and I

can confidently get in my car and drive off

knowing I'm at a safe level to drive and my

sugars aren't dropping."

Young, who lives near Colchester, is

currently on multiple daily injections (MDI)

but is looking to go onto an insulin pump.

She started using Abbott's FreeStyle

Libre device in August 2016. She recalls,

"I came back from volunteering on one

of Diabetes UK's youth camps - all the

children had them on, and I'd never seen

them before. From that point on I selffunded

them. I spent a fair bit, pretty

much all my savings and there came a

point where I couldn't afford to carry on,

so I came off them. My HbA1c went up a

bit and staff at my clinic asked me why -

it felt like criticism. It seemed obvious to

me that is was because I was no longer

able to self-fund the Libre sensors. I had

no sensors between January and April of

this year, when I was able to get them on

the NHS.

"I definitely saw a clinical benefit to

using Libre in terms of my control but for

me the most important benefit was to

do with mental health and well-being. I

just felt much more confidence as I was

able to see a better picture of my control

whenever I wanted to, at any point in the

day, every day. The app is so convenient

- I have so much information at my

fingertips."

Young had been attending the National

Bakery School studying for a degree and

was due to embark on a career of product

development but discovered that she

also has Coeliac's disease. "At this point

in time I've pretty much put that career

on hold. I'd had a specific goal but now

I also have a specific problem preventing

me from pursuing it at this time."

Looking back at the event held at the

House of Commons she says, "I was "I definitely saw a

clinical benefit to using

Libre in terms of my

control but for me the

most important benefit

was to do with mental

health and well-being.

I just felt much more confidence as I was able to see

a better picture of my control whenever I wanted to.

- FreeStyle Libre sensor user Olivia Young

invited to the House of Commons through

NHS England as I had been a case study

for them. I was able to put forward a

patient perspective on behalf of Abbott.

The day was absolutely amazing, it wasn't

just the fact that there were MPs there that

were getting to hear the message, but the

rest of the people there too. I met other

people with diabetes as well as people

from the business side of things that

wouldn't normally get a chance to speak

to. It was really interesting and exciting. I

loved it."

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