A year of great diabetes related things

A year has passed since I joined Twitter and started this website to talk about Type 1 Diabetes. Before that I was an "I'm fine thanks" person, generally keeping my Type 1 to myself, talking about it to nobody other than my healthcare team, and even then only superficially.  Except I wasn't really feeling fine … Continue reading A year of great diabetes related things

10 ways Type 1 Diabetes has affected my emotional health

By far the biggest challenge of my 12 years with type 1 diabetes so far has been dealing with its impact on my emotions and general mental health.  While I get on with the rest of my life, working in a demanding job and raising kids with my husband, my inner thoughts about my diabetes … Continue reading 10 ways Type 1 Diabetes has affected my emotional health

New Year diabetes goals

New Year always makes me think about my diabetes. There's a photo of me, taken at Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve 2006. My face is expressionless, not happy, not sad, not looking excited about seeing the famous fireworks for the first time, but it's obvious from the photo that my thoughts are somewhere else.  … Continue reading New Year diabetes goals

When finger pricks take their toll

Three months of using the Freestyle Libre has given me a very welcome break from one of the aspects of having Type 1 Diabetes that has bothered me the most - having to do endless blood sugar checks.  For different reasons over the last 11 years of having Type 1, doing a "good job" where … Continue reading When finger pricks take their toll

How my kids are “hypo aware”

It's #HypoAwarenessWeek and it's got me thinking about how my kids have become hypo aware having a mum with Type 1 Diabetes. Up until quite recently, hypos weren't much of a feature in our house. I had a few years of feeling burnt out about my diabetes and my lack of attention meant my blood … Continue reading How my kids are “hypo aware”

How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part two

With a happy, positive pregnancy and birth under my belt already I was much less anxious going into my second pregnancy.  It was all set up to pan out in the same way as my first baby. Still on an insulin pump, same endocrinologist, same obstetrician, same hospital. Good HbA1c before pregnancy. What could go … Continue reading How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part two

How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part one

Having kids is a milestone in life for anyone who has them, and for me as a mum with Type 1 Diabetes, the times I was pregnant and looking after a newborn stand apart in my diabetes life. There were so many new challenges and things to worry about. It wasn't just about me anymore … Continue reading How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part one

Type 1 diabetes is a bit like driving…Libre is my new dashboard

I think Type 1 Diabetes is a bit like driving a car. You have lessons to teach you how to drive and the rules of the road. You learn that it’s really important that you be a good driver. If you’re not, bad things can happen.  You know that you shouldn't drive too fast, or run … Continue reading Type 1 diabetes is a bit like driving…Libre is my new dashboard

First two weeks with a Freestyle Libre

For the past two weeks I've been wearing a Freestyle Libre for the first time. I was so excited when it arrived and bursting to start using it - here's how I've found it so far. Getting set up I got the sensor and the reader from Abbott after being on the waiting list for a … Continue reading First two weeks with a Freestyle Libre

Diabetes technology and body image

I had to be talked into getting my first insulin pump nine years ago. I really didn't want one.  I was managing my diabetes well on multiple daily injections and finger prick testing and I found injections quick and easy (once I got over my reluctance to do them in public).  My endocrinologist finally convinced … Continue reading Diabetes technology and body image