Thanks to everyone for the positive response to last month's newsletter intro. I was talking about different experiences of public type 1 management and had some great feedback. Thanks to HypoActive rider John Stevens for some well put reasoning. He pointed out that years ago the equipment available was rather different: 'When I was first diagnosed, much like you I expect, we had to carry syringes and vials of insulin everywhere, and some form of glucose. Toilets were the only refuge for injecting. I hid away, felt like I was doing something bad, thought everyone would think I was a drug addict (and on more than one occasion was correct in that thought).'
These little chaps are just a bit before John's time. Scary, aren't they?
But both equipment and attitude changed for John: 'Then, along came insulin pens. For a while, it was still the same, but more and more I just didn't care. Now, if anyone has a problem with me injecting, that is their problem, not mine. I have injected on trains, buses, platforms, walking down the street, in offices, restaurants, wherever I need to. The revelation certainly clarified my mental image of myself, and gave me more happiness and freedom than I felt in my early days.'
It is in some ways odd, but definitely true, that more specific and better tools for coping with type 1 diabetes make it not just easier be open about, but really help you deal with this awful condition. I find the FreeStyle Libre is a lot of fun, especially when people can't see and don't know you're wearing the sensor. There's something pretty Star Trek about just scanning yourself to get your bgl. Maybe one day we'll have that, but then there'll be a cure in five years, won't there?
Event Date: 30 Apr 2017
This will be HypoActive's third visit to this splendid and centrally located venue. There is a circuit of about 2.5 km and the tracks are bitumen, which makes them comfortable for all sorts of running, walking and cycling. All round it's the perfect spot for type 1's to get together for whatever level of exercise they choose.
Meeting is at 9.30 am (SHARP!) and as always you choose how far and how fast you want to run, walk or ride. Or come along to Kinch Fine Food at around 10.30 to meat the gang for coffee or diabetic food such as cake.
Event Date: 13 Aug 2017
Delighted to report that Christopher Collett, a very active volunteer with HypoActive and a sharp runner, has registered a HypoActive team for this iconic Sydney event. Sign up and 'as well as the World’s Largest Fun Run you can look forward to yoga, live entertainment, food, boot camps, fundraising and much more. It’s time to run, dance, laugh, chill, cheer and shine.'
This is a 14 km course, running from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. Earlybird entries are open until 6th June. To enter as part of the HypoActive team, the password is Hypoactive55. For more info on our team, contact Christopher through the HA Facebook page. Check out the event website for lots more info.
The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a glucose monitoring device indicated for detecting trends and tracking patterns in persons (aged 18 and older) with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Health care professionals and consumers should be aware about the limitations of available scientific evidence for use of this device in any other groups of patients who require diabetes management. † Data on file. Dunn T, Xu Y, Hayter G; Evidence of a Strong Association Between Frequency of Flash Glucose Monitoring and Glucose Control Measures During Real-World Usage. All work was funded by and the authors are employees of Abbott Diabetes Care. Ask your healthcare professional how a FreeStyle glucose meter may assist you. Always read the label and use only as directed. FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions.
On April 9th HypoActive runners clubbed together for snaps, then headed off at their own pace on a variety of distances in this huge Melbourne event. Even though there was some rain and cool temperatures, their success was lauded and celebrated on the HypoActive Facebook page. Thanks to John Thompson for organising our team and filling us in on his race bgl's. I think a pre-race 9.4 and a finish level of 6.8 is great work, even if it did get a little higher in between.
John Thompson: he's amazing
Over the first weekend of this month, type 1's of all shapes and sizes ganged together to form the crew and riders in the 2017 HypoActive Murray to Moyne. This year the event was organised and captained by Laura Rostron and Maria Baranj and they did an amazing job. Not only did they cover the enormous, 520 km distance in what was probably the best time ever, they kept the event going in record high spirits.
Well done captains (double congrats to Laura for completing a triathlon the following weekend!), hard-working crew, tireless riders, sponsors, fundraisers and thanks to everyone who made a donation to Diabetes Camps Victoria and HypoActive. It's especially heart-warming to know that although we need and appreciate the stronger cyclists in the team, we do get some not so able riders stepping forward and having a go. You don't need to be an accomplished athlete to be part of our M2M team. We always welcome new riders who want to take the opportunity of having the type 1 exercise experience of a lifetime.
The call is already out for riders and crew for next year's event, scheduled around 6th April. Why not find out more, make some marks on the calendar and think about joining the 2018 HypoActive Murray to Moyne?
Roddy Riddle is a Scottish former Commonwealth Games cyclist who lives with type 1 diabetes. This year he took on the 6633 Arctic Ultra, an ultramarathon that runs over 560 km from Eagle Plains, Alaska, to finish on the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, Canada. It is claimed to be the toughest, coldest and hardest footrace on earth. Roddy took second place, finishing in less than seven days.
'I wanted to prove that having type 1 diabetes shouldn't stop you achieving your goals or achievements in life,' said Roddy. Job well done, Id say. Check out this article in Diabetes.co.uk or go straight to Roddy's blog.
That's all for now.
All the best,