Living with Type 1 Diabetes – Taryn Gaskin

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This week, we’re excited to introduce our guest, Taryn Gaskin. Taryn has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 21 years, and works passionately to raise awareness of, and about, type 1 diabetes. This year Taryn is working with the DANII Foundation, which supports all people living with diabetes.

The DANII Foundation supports all people living with diabetes by raising awareness of what is type 1. Our vision is for a world where people with type 1 diabetes live without the fear of never waking up. Our mission is to lobby government and industry to ensure latest technologies are available and affordable, alerting the type 1 and their carers to life threatening hypo and hyperglycaemia. To Educate & Advocate for a type 1 diabetes voice.

In addition, Laura is training to complete the Point to Pinnacle half marathon in November with her gym, Nthside Fitness – together, they are raising funds to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you would like to make a fundraising donation, please visit the Nthside Fitness Point to Pinnacle fundraising page, at Every Day Hero.

Without further ado… introducing, Taryn!

I am a type 1 diabetic and was diagnosed in December 1996 at the age of 11. I work in childcare and have been at the same centre for over 12 years. They have been very supportive of me during the times I’ve required time off work, when my blood sugar levels get crazy (high or low). My great-grandfather had type 2 diabetes, but there is no other family history. I have, on two separate occasions, suffered from severe hypoglycaemic episodes where I’ve fallen unconscious. After living with type 1 diabetes for 21 and a half years, I now feel that I have better control of my blood sugar levels. This is in thanks largely to the opportunity afforded to me by the DANII Foundation, who are sponsoring my continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device for 12 months.

Each year the DANII Foundation run a Jelly Bean Cruise, during which you’re given the time to learn about safe management of type 1 diabetes. During the cruise, we’re also shown the latest in diabetes management technologies by the many experts in attendance, all of whom give up their time to come along and educate attendees on type 1 and type 0 diabetes.

On Wednesday 24th October, DANII’s army went to Parliament House in Canberra to talk to different Senators and MPs. This was to raise awareness that all type 1s need be given access to lifesaving CGM devices.

In 2017 the DANII Foundation received funding to supply CGM devices to Under 21s; now they are hoping to secure funding to do the same for all type 1s.

A day in the life of a type 1 never seems to be exactly the same. On some days my blood sugars can be so much easier to control; and then there are days where – even if I’m doing the same thing as the day before – they can be really hard to handle.

During last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, I assisted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with fundraising, by selling the Pin and Win pins. It was amazing to see everyone in the community, and to be given the opportunity to explain what diabetes is, and also what we have to go through each and every day.

I also feel it’s important to make people aware that you can’t catch type 1; and that you don’t get type 1 from eating too much sugar – many people assume that if you eat too much sugar, you will get diabetes!

Fundraising and spreading awareness are what I really want to do; I want to be able to help others develop knowledge and understanding of type 1 diabetes, and to know that soon there may just be a cure!

A cure would mean that all type 1s need no longer fear what happens to them on a daily basis, and most importantly, no longer be scared of whether they will wake up in the morning or not.

– Taryn


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