For World Diabetes Day, I’m sharing this wonderful blog post with you. Diabetes has been a major fact of life for my family since my older sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13. I remember so clearly watching her practice injecting a grapefruit, and trying to process the fact that she would have to do this 3 or 4 times a day for the rest of her life. My sister is brave and strong, she just gets on with it, and I’m incredibly proud of her. So here’s to you, Dawn Hamilton.

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World Diabetes Day logoThis World Diabetes Day, let’s not dwell on the trauma and heartache of the millions of people surviving around the world with Type 1 diabetes.

There’s no point blaming them or anyone else, because it’s a disorder that occurs through no fault of their own. They can’t help the fact that diabetes changes their lives forever – and not in a good way. They’d rather not have to submit to the multiple daily blood tests and insulin injections or infusions. It’s not such a big thing to make a fuss about – all they’re trying to do is  stay alive. Oh, and to ward off the complications that can occur from badly controlled diabetes. It’s a long list, it’s dull and it’s not pretty: blindness, amputation, premature heart disease. Oh, and I almost forgot the biggest one: death. Almost immediate death is inevitable for those not lucky enough to…

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