Jana Cronin

Until recently our Communications Officer, Jana has had to let her HypoActive commitments take a back seat as she prepares for her next challenge - motherhood! We're quite sure that the twins will keep her both active and occupied once they arrive...

We've asked her to give us the scoop on her diabetes management and how she got involved with HypoActive;

1. Describe yourself in 10 words
Love helping people and spending time with friends and family!!

2.What do you do during the day?
Combination at the moment - Bouser Girl at a Servo, Creative Memories Consultant and Volunteer at Information Centre.

3. What is your fave thing to do on Saturday?  
Go to the Vic Market with my Husband for breakfast and buy up lots of food for a yummy picnic.

4. When were you diagnosed with T1 and what insulin regime are you on?
Late 1994 (age 12), so I've clocked up 14 years with T1. I'm on an Minimed Insulin Pump and love it, had to go back on needles recently for a few days... don't miss trying to balance on needles at all.

5. What made you first decide to participate in an activity with HypoActive?
The great people (who are now great friends) and to be surrounded by people who all understand T1, gave me confidence I could do it.

6. What regular exercise do you do? What irregular exercise do you do?
Weekly circuit of basic weights and exercises with Friends and if I'm up for it a ride or walk/jog.

7. What's your favourite/most challenging HypoActive event and why?
Murray to Moyne. I've only participated once but WOW what an experience and cannot wait to do it again... hopefully next year.

8. How do you need to modify your diabetes regime when you exercise? Does this change depending on what activity you are undertaking (i.e. varying intensity, duration etc)?
A lot of trial and error is required, but with the pump i find it a lot easier (don't need to stuff bucket loads of food into me before exercise). But i also find i need to reduce my insulin more if I exercise in the afternoon compared to the morning.

9. What's the most surprising thing you have learned about your diabetes through exercise or relating to diabetes and exercise?
Still gets me how 24 hrs after intense exercise my body still doesn't need as much insulin. Once again lots of trial and error required.

10. What has been the greatest personal challenge you have faced since being diagnosed with T1?
Participating in The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, as I had to fundraise over $3500 and ride 80 km, neither of which I had ever done much of so my family thought I was crazy but didn't take them long to get behind me and i was able to make it happen. The sense of achievement was amazing.

11. What sporting related entity do you find inspiring and why?
Glenn McGrath - not sure i really need to expand on this but it is amazing the strength he has and the success of the McGrath Foundation is fantastic to see.