www.adiabeteslife.com (A Diabetes Life) was created to provide information, support and research to people living with diabetes.
We share our own trials, and experiences, as well as, as much information as we can gather from the world of diabetes, and our community.
We are dedicated to providing information and support to those living with diabetes.
A Diabetes Life was started by Davina Lyon who is a Type 1 diabetic.
Davina decided to create her own website with her own unique flare, and quickly realised that I.T. Wasn’t exactly what she was good at,
and so was joined by John O Reilly who is also a Type 1 diabetic.
Over the years pages have grown and Diabetes T1 Ireland continues to advocate for change on behalf of those living with Diabetes.
A Diabetes Life was created to promote advocacy and awareness when dealing with life with diabetes.
Over the years, pages have been added, blog posts have been written, and we have expanded to provide information about
diabetes related products, information session, personal life coaching, as well as continuing to promote diabetes activities
and advocacy initiatives. We work along side our colleagues advocating for better services, education and more availability of
of insulin pumps, Continuous Glucose Meters (CGM’s), Iport Advance to our type 1 community.
Along with our colleagues we can support you, and work with you to enable you to to be heard.
What we do not do is:
– Give legal advice
– Give formal education
– Give medical Advice
– Engage with employers on your behalf
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in my 50s, In 2011 I was 4 stone lighter, I fully acknowledge that this was at a time when I was extremely sick, and before the words
( Basel / Bolus ) first landed in my earshot.
The thoughts of now being able to “eat normally” and feel ok, was the only thing in my
opinion that was going to be good about this, because injecting every time I eat, in my mind would certainly be no good thing. I had already an Autoimmune Disease years earlier, but it was in remission. I had Graves Disease ( an overactive Thyroid ) which in turn led to a heart problem (SVT) surgery fixed this and once again I felt well, for a while. When I began to feel really sick again I presumed my Graves a Disease was out of remission so I went for my yearly blood test early.
My GP said the word Diabetes, and did a fasting blood glucose test, a bottle of lucozade and 2 hours later, the blood glucose test was repeated. The rest is history……..
Tissues were not substantial enough for the crying I did for the following weeks, it took tea towels to mop up the flood. No, this was not depression, this was grieving hard for life as I once knew it.
On foot of all this I had no choice but to get to grips with a new lifestyle, so lots of tears and several tea towels later, I started to accept that planing, time watching, maths and food was what the rest of my life would be dominated by,
” if I wanted to live that is “……….
Im on MDI (multiple daily injections) and im ok with that. I am also on a CGM (continuos glucose meter) A medtronic Guadian and it makes life just so much easier.
If i have a small tad of wisdom id like to share with newly diagnosed people, it would be this:
Type 1 Diabetes has no hard and fast rules, yes we have the basics but every one of us are different. Its not a matter of “do this and this is what will happen”.
You can get all the advice in the world, but unless your living with it, you really have no idea, so remember this when listening to advice.
The people you think will support you, don‘t always, and you can be left feeling let down and hurt. It’s not you with the problem, it’s them.
You will encounter people ( family, friends & acquaintances ) who will all feel they should advise you. Remember “It‘s your Diabetes” & “It’s your Life” unless they‘re living a Diabetes life then with all due respect they know nothing, they’re just making noise.
Those who dont want to know, simply ” dont want to know” and you wont change that so don’t waste your energy.
Make sure to mix with others who have, or care for those who have, Type 1 Diabetes, because when it comes to Diabetes, experience is very important.
Co-Founding Diabetes T one.com gave me the ability to be in constant touch with others with Type 1 Diabetes, in turn it gave me access to information and experience of technology and appliances that can be used to help in the management of Type 1 Diabetes, and then i can share it with our community. As a co-founder i get to Advocate for better awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. I get to work with a community to help facilitate a better lifestyle while living with this disease.
I get to meet an awful lot of wonderful people.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when i was 13 years old. Just like every 13 year old my priority was enjoying life and fitting in with my group of friends. Type 1 Diabetes was‘nt going to stop that, so i did’nt totally follow my diabetes plan. I just did‘nt want to be different from the other boys. 13 years of age is a time when i was taking a keen interest in girls and my social life was beginning to take off. Type 1 Diabetes was’nt going to interfere with that, Type 1 Diabetes was not part of that plan. I have since learned through personal experience the dangers of diabetes complications and the very real impact they have on my everyday life. Im on an Insulin pump and i love it, I can’t imagine my life without it. My diabetes management nowadays is strict and preventing further problems and complications is my priority. Co-Founding Diabetes T one.com brings the ability to speak and communicate with other Type 1 Diabetics and publish information from a Type 1 point of view. Experienced but not professional.