Why You Need to Take a Break From Diabetes

Dear Pauline, The World is a Rainbow

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Dear Pauline (and anyone else who has ever bullied, ignored, taunted or tossed away someone with a disability), When I was 12 years old I was told that I would never have children due to type 1 diabetes. I was …

Diabetes Chat 3: Dealing with Diabetes & Pregnancy

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Our Sweet Talk Tuesday live chat sessions are on a range of topics – head here to find out all of the upcoming talks and topics. Chat topic 3 was about managing diabetes and pregnancy. This is a passion topic …

A Life That Just Gets Better!

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Guest Post by Annabelle Leve Hi, let me introduce myself! I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in 1977, at the age of 11 years. I was admitted to the Royal Children’s hospital (Melbourne) almost in a coma. I stayed in the …

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Why Diabetes is a Family Affair

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The diagnosis of diabetes is often unexpected and unwelcome to say the least. It can be quite a shock for the person with diabetes and also for their family and friends. Along with the diagnosis of diabetes can come a …

The Cure For Type 1 Diabetes: Will We Ever Get There?

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When you got diagnosed did someone tell you there would be a cure for type 1 diabetes in the next 10 or 20 years? Every day there is a new “cure” for type 1 and type 2 diabetes story in …

Dealing With Control in Diabetes

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Life with diabetes is closely connected with the word “control”. When diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a sense of being “out of control” and talk around you from mostly well meaning people, that you need to “take control”. There can …

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How to Manage Food For Teens With Diabetes

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Adolescence is an exciting and challenging time for all parents and teens, diabetes or not! For a family where a teenager has diabetes the period of adolescence can be difficult for both the teen and their family. Young people go …

Tips For Feeding Toddlers With Type 1 Diabetes

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Feeding toddlers can be a difficult task at the best of times, and this can become twice as challenging if you have a toddler with type 1 diabetes. The most important thing to remember is that toddlers with diabetes have …

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What to Feed Primary School Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

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Primary school is an exciting time for children as they enter a new school, make new friends and begin to partake in social events such as parties, sleepovers and school camps. During this time children become increasingly independent and aware …

Feeling knackered: how do I go on?

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Guest Post from Dave Barnes – an extreme athlete with type 1 diabetes. He was on a driving holiday in the NT when he wrote this piece and at the time was a wonderful volunteer for our former charity. The …

How to report on diabetes & why mothers being fat did not give it to their children

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If you live with diabetes or are the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes you will have experienced frustration, anger and even despair, at the way diabetes is often reported on in the media. In particular families living …

Guest Blog: Thanks Teacher

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Our guest poet, Maureen Campey, has written another great poem about Parenting a child with diabetes. This time, Maureen has written about her teenage son starting a new year of High School, one of those momentous hurdles that we all …

Conversation: Parents: Who else is up checking their child’s bgl??

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As the Mum of a type 1 diabetic, I was very moved by the online responses during one night to a simple question posed by a Mum in one of our former Closed groups on Facebook. The Community spirit of …

Carb Counting Queen: am I really good at Maths, or is it an illusion?

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First posted on September 5th 2014. Edited 30/03/17 to reflect the changes from the former DCO to Diabetes Can’t Stop Me. I’m always so profoundly moved by what people are so prepared to share with me.  I received the following …

Ten dietitian tips for pregnancy in type 1 diabetes

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Guest Post, Sally Marchini, Dietitian I’ve been asked to write this blog as a dietitian. It’s a little challenging mostly because each of us has different requirements and should set personalised targets, so these tips are for a general guide only.  …