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It was 2003 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was only 8. I had never heard of diabetes before, none of my family had it or has had it. It came as a huge surprise. Soon after, I became an Australian JDRF youth ambassador. It is a small part in helping find a cure for type 1 Diabetes, but I feel that one day my role will be seen as a huge step, especially when a cure’s found.
In 2008 I was a “2008 Girlfriend Of The Year Finalist” for The Australian Girlfriend Magazine. It really enabled me to tell my story about my life with Type 1 Diabetes. I didn’t win but I made "KidswithTYPE1 diabetes" my myspace page, which tells you about the different types of diabetes and the differences between them, bullying, my life experiences, links to diabetes and bullying info and help sites and many other important sites.
There are two main types of diabetes Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes
- A life-long auto-immune disease.
- It usually begins in childhood or early adulthood, although it can occur at any age.
- When a person has diabetes, either their pancreas does not give the body insulin.
- In order for our muscles and other tissues to absorb glucose (sugar) from our blood, we need a hormone called insulin.
- Insulin is made in a large gland behind the stomach called the pancreas.
- Without insulin, the sugar cannot enter the cells of the body and that can make the person very sick, tired, and sad.
- People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day for the rest of their lives, just to stay alive! It can be up to six (6) injections (needles).
- There is no cure!
- Many people believe that insulin is a cure for diabetes. Its not.
- While insulin allows a person to stay alive, it does not cure diabetes nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating effects, including kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack and strokes.
Type 2 diabetes
- (Also known as non-insulin dependent or adult onset diabetes) and generally occurs in older people.
- It can usually be managed through diet, exercise and weight control.
- Oral Medication can be taken to help get lifestyle, diet and health back on track.
- If there is a family history of type 2 diabetes, there is a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes also.
- Some symptoms can go un-noticed for a while such as blurred vision.
- Type 2 diabetes is mostly found in adults but numbers are increasingly occurring in younger ages
I don’t try to tell people about Type 1 diabetes for the “sympathy”. It’s because I have a dream ….. To help find a cure for type 1 Diabetes, by raising as much awareness and money as a can for Juvinille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and hopefully soon be able to raise money for “KidswithTYPE1”.
I don’t let an illness/disease stop me from doing the things I love such as hanging with friends and going to the beach, I am just an average teenager.
Thinking about the future,and whether I will suffer from complcations where I could go blind or lose my legs worries me and makes me want to do more to make life easier and never give up on trying to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Thinking a cure is so close gives me hope and courage to keep going on and managing my diabetes.
For more information about Type 1 diabetes. Check out www.JDRF.org.au
If you have question or would like to know more information, links etc feel free to ask me on my myspace page or email
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This one is tough... I didn’t really know what to actually write about for my first blog! “Should I get straight into my opinions on bullying, our bodies, friend problems, tough times, puberty, boys and everything else wonderful that happens/ happened throughout our teenage years? ….or should I tell you a bit more about myself?”
I have decided to tell you more about me and the things that I am interested in. The good and bad things that have happened throughout my life…before I confuse you with the rest of my blogs. :)
Ok..here it goes..
My name is Sarah Moore. I am a Happy, Confident 14 year old girl. I enjoy music, photos, hanging with my friends, the beach, movies,holidays. The list goes on and on…
I am currently in Year 9. I do enjoy school as I would love to be successful in the future. I would like to learn as much as I can now rather than later in life.
In 2003, aged 8, I was diagnosed with TYPE 1 DIABETES. Soon after that I became a Juvinille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Youth Ambassador.
In 2006 and 2008, I was a part of programs that raise awareness for extra Government funding, so Diabetics and researchers can become closer to finding a cure for this terrible disease.
In 2008 I was a finalist in the Girlfriend of the Year competition run by Girlfriend Magazine for being commited in helping to raise awareness and money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. It was an amazing experience. I met 5 other amazing girls, each with their own dreams and goals. I didn’t win the competion but I came home very dedicated to my work with TYPE1 Diabetes.
I have made a Myspace page called KidswithTYPE1 diabetes, www.myspace.com/kidswithtype1 and
CHECK IT OUT! It tells you about the different types of diabetes and the differences between them, bullying, my life experiences, links to diabetes and bullying info and help sites and many other important sites.
Throughout my life I have had so many complications and obsticals. I have fought with friends, wanted something so bad but never gotten it, gone so bad in an exam that I never thought I would get better, been really sad, felt sick etc.
I have also had the best experiences I could ever imagine, some incredible days, met amazing people, they are the things that I will never forget.
I am truly inspired by the people who go through so much pain, suffering, having really bad days and still manage to keep surviving, to keep holding on, being the best they can no matter what. I love how they don’t let obsticals get in their way. Sir Winston Churchill once said “never give up, never, never, never”. I listened to that and I will keep following that quote, until all my dreams and goals have been completed and I will be happy with myself until that day comes.
I will try and write as many blogs as I can and get them posted up regularly. Hope you enjoy my first blog.
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