Let's Support Each Other
Mr Lee Nevitt (Batman) has started a petition, which in my opinion is long overdue & needed.
Why? you may ask.
Long before Claudia developed Type 1 Diabetes the media often irritated me, due to it's inaccuracy!!!
May 1st 2008 Claudia was diagnosed with Type 1. From the minute I heard the Doctor's say there was currently no cure. I knew I would trawl the Internet and listen to all news reports, desperately waiting to here those words "a cure for Type 1 Diabetes has been found or better treatment options".
My hopes & Claudia's hopes have been dashed on many occasion's. We hear or read "new treatment for diabetes" half way through the report or article we suddenly realise it is for Type 2. Now don't get me wrong that's brilliant news for anyone living with Type 2.
Anyone who knows me, will be aware of all the the work I am doing in support of, primarily Children with Type 1 Diabetes.My work now reaches out to adults with Type 1 & adults with Type 2.
Have you ever seen a child's face look so disappointed and ask the question's: "But mummy they said it was for Diabetes" So yet again I have to explain the difference between the condition. Then she normally says: " That's good news for Pop's (her grandfather has Type 2). But a mother can always detect that hidden sadness in her child. This is heartbreaking. If only they had made it clear from the beginning.
When you know your child needs permanent life support each and every day via injection or in our case a pump. I am desperate for a cure, I can be honest and I pray each and every day for a cure. No matter how "happy go lucky "Claudia is, it is no life for a child. Children are supposed to be innocent free spirits. In my opinion that's something Type 1 to a degree takes away from a child.
Every time I hear diabetes mentioned my heart skips a beat, thinking is this the day they find the cure. Only to realise yet again they are not talking about Type 1 Diabetes.
I can't describe the disappointment and sadness I feel inside as my hopes are raised only to be swiftly dashed.