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LIVING

1 diabetics, it seems my diagnosis

experience is not that uncommon.

Being told you have a chronic

condition is, arguably, traumatic

enough, so I have often considered

what small changes could be made

to prevent additional stress and

anxiety for those who have been

recently diagnosed.

"In all I spent three days in

hospital, I was hooked up to three

drips and - needless to say - the

holiday was cancelled, sorry mum! A

lovely DSN bought me a teddy bear

so I could learn where to inject and

talked to me about blood glucose

monitoring and insulin dosing. She

also gave me a blood test diary.

"I was very lucky to have my mum

stay with me throughout my hospital

stay. It's made me think I should ask

her how it was for her, I never have.

My grandad had Type 2 diabetes but

Type 1 was a whole new ballgame

and a massive learning curve. I left

hospital with two metal insulin pens

- a silver one and a green one - one

each for the long-acting Lantus and

short-acting NovoRapid insulins. I

also had meter, test strips, a lancing

device, ketone test strips that you

could dip into your urine, and a book

to write notes in."

Taking control

Shortly after her diagnosis, Mitchell

invited her close friends round for

a sort of 'party', so they could learn

more about T1D and how they could

help, if ever needed. She recalls,

"It was my parents' brilliant idea.

We talked about the condition and

explained that I need to test my blood

sugar and inject insulin multiple times

a day to stay alive. We also discussed

what they should do if I were ever to

collapse. I was keen to keep it really

upbeat and positive, as I'm a glass half

full kind of person, so we made sure

everyone was learning, but having fun

and a laugh at the same time.

"My best friends, Estelle and

Laura, have been incredible - they've

been with me since day one. We've

been on lots of holidays and had

many adventures together - and,

although I'm able to look after myself,

I know they would look after me

if anything ever happened. I feel

very fortunate to be surrounded by

incredibly supportive friends and

family. In fact, they even know when

I've injected and will say, 'I can smell

your insulin'."

Although the initial diagnosis

was a shock and quite frightening,

Mitchell's journey has been positive

so far. "My diabetes team has been

fantastic from the start. Now I'm in

Mitchell at her 13th 'diaversary' party in summer 2020, when she'd spent

exactly 13 years with and 13 years without diabetes.

It is incredible

how far

technology,

equipment and

research have

come since I

was diagnosed

13 years ago.

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