January for JDRF

Help Conquer Diabetes!!

Exactly 4 years ago, in January 2014 MissIcy (who was nearly ready to celebrate her 6th birthday) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

She'd had a range of symptoms (loss of weight, drinking huge amounts of water, needing to go to the toilet a lot) which I'd put down to various things. A friend finally said to me "you know those are the signs of T1D, right?" I had NO idea.

We went to see our doctor the next day. MissIcy was admitted to hospital within the hour and we were there for the week so we could learn how to keep her alive.

Funds raised for JDRF go towards research to both make life easier for people to live with the disease, and towards a possible cure (oh, please, one day, please).

Please, PLEASE, consider donating towards JDRF this month!! 

Icy (and MissIcy!) ^_^


Q: What is Type 1 Diabetes?
A: Type 1 Diabetes usually (but not always) occurs in children. The body has a faulty auto-immune response which marks the beta cells in the pancreas as bad and proceeds to destroy them. The beta cells are the ones that produce the hormone called Insulin, which is used by the body to take the energy from food and pass it into the cells to live. There is NO cure.

Q: Is that the "good" Diabetes?
A: There is no "good" diabetes. All diabetes is a pain to live with. Both types of diabetes have a genetic component. In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. There are multiple other type of diabetes as well, such as LADA, gestational diabetes and more.

Q: What's involved in looking after a kid with Diabetes?
A: A LOT. No, really, A LOT. Looking after ANYONE'S diabetes, your own or someone else, is an unrelenting and constant mental challenge.
Wake up, check blood sugar number, work out dosing for the long acting day insulin, work out dosing for breakfast insulin. 2 hours after food, check insulin dose was approximately right (there are no "perfectly right" numbers) and correct if not. Morning tea and work out if more insulin is needed or if there's enough on board till lunch (and hope the school is paying attention too). Lunch, more insulin and more educated guessing. Afternoon tea, can't have insulin, too close to dinner, so skip if high, or correct anyway if too high and wear the consequences. Dinner, delay if too high (giving low carb food to keep complaints down), plus more insulin, plus guessing when the insulin vs food might take affect and hoping for no after dinner lows (which are VERY dangerous and need to be treated immediately with a fast acting glucose based food). After dinner, check number and correct if too high or too low. And again at bed. And again in the night. As often as necessary. Forever.
Q: Is it like this for EVERYONE?
A: No. Everyone's diabetes is different. It's not even like this for MissIcy all the time. Sometimes it's worse, sometimes it's better. But it's ALWAYS a challenge. And it's ALWAYS unrelenting.

Q: I want to know more about Diabetes? Where can I go for more information?
A: You can find out more at the JDRF website!

Q: How can I donate and how much of the money goes to JDRF?
A: The campaign is run through Tiltify.com. They use Stripe Credit Card (fee is 2.9% plus 30 cents) and Paypal (2.9% plus 30 cents) to accept donations.  A platform fee is taken out by Tiltify of up to 5% in addition to that (this is comparable with other donation services). All of the rest of the money goes to JDRF

Q: Can I donate to you directly?
A: If you enjoy my streams please do feel free to subscribe to my Twitch Channel or send me cheers using Twitch (but I would prefer you donate to JDRF!!)

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