World Diabetes Day

The Cult Pens Super Heroes November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today is World Diabetes Day. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease. People with Type 1 Diabetes produce little or no insulin. Our bodies need insulin to survive, so it needs to be injected or given by an insulin pump which delivers a constant supply. It is not diet or lifestyle related, which is often the case with Type 2.

I have had Type 1 Diabetes for nearly twenty five years. JDRF, the charity that funds research into Type 1 Diabetes is encouraging people to dress up as Superheroes to raise the awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. Obviously, I needed no further encouragement to get our own Superheroes Fountain Pen Man Michael, Calligraphy Girl Louise and Superman James to step up for the challenge.

A couple of months ago I was shocked to meet someone who thought that diabetes meant 'not eating cake'. It is so much more than that. Ironically, I can eat cake, if I plan to eat cake and medicate appropriately.

Diabetes gadgets - the equipment needed to stay healthyDiabetes is hard work. As Type 1 diabetics, every bit of food, exercise, stress, change in weather, hormone and anything else has to be taken into account every minute of every day to ensure we have the right balance of insulin pumping around our bodies. If we don't, in the short term, we can collapse, and get seriously ill. In the long term, our bodies will be damaged and we can suffer serious complications. So far I've had operations on both shoulders and laser eye surgery. With the right medication, knowledge and support we can lead normal lives.

Some sugary snacks, needed to maintain sugar levelsDiabetes has not stopped me doing anything. In fact I have a lot to thank it for. I left a stressful job in London which wasn't helping my diabetes control and ended up co-founding Cult Pens! I firmly believe that diabetes has made me a stronger person. I've learnt never to give up, as I just don't have the choice when it comes to my health (although others may argue I was born stubborn). With diabetes you always have to be prepared and organised. That's helped me in all areas of my life, not just my health.

I have quite a few Type 1 Superheroes. Dan, my brother has to be number one. Coming to terms with being diagnosed was a struggle for me, and I know it is for many others. Dan was always there for me to pick me up, literally and metaphorically, when I was low, and continues to be. Obviously Herbie comes a close second with his willingness to give me a cuddle when I need one and Simon, my long-suffering husband is always there to patiently top me up with my hypo treatments (Haribo/Lucozade/Jelly Babies) whenever I need them.

Thanks to organisations such as JDRF and the research they have funded, technology has changed radically and my diabetes control is the best it has ever been, although I still dream of having a day off!

JDRF's goal is to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Please support them.

14 November 2018


  • Andrew S 21 November 2018
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    I was interested to learn you are type 1 diabetic and don’t let it get in your way. I am type 1 and registered SSI but my love for pens and ink mean I can be seen juggling pens and magnifiers so I can still love using them! Good on you, keep up the good work and have a wonderful Christmas!! KS

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