Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK's annual UK-wide awareness and fundraising week.
Diabetes Week 2015
Diabetes Week 2015 will be taking place Sunday 14 June until Saturday 20 June so if you would like to help Diabetes UK Northern Ireland by raising awareness or holding an event then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 028 9066 6646.
Diabetes Week 2014
Belfast Giant shares his story for Diabetes Week
Belfast Giant Calvin Elfring kicked off Diabetes Week at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, as he shared his story about being recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and how he successfully manages the condition to continue on in his professional ice hockey career.
The theme of Diabetes Week this year is ‘I can’ to highlight that people living with diabetes can overcome the challenges that a lifelong condition like diabetes can entail. Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is encouraging people to come forward and share their own story and experiences of the condition.
Calvin Elfring said: “As a professional ice hockey player it came as a complete shock when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I knew there was something wrong but just didn’t know what it was. I lost a lot of weight very quickly, I was drinking fluids nonstop as I couldn’t quench my thirst and I was having some blurred vision.
Initially my doctor thought I had a detached retina. This would be common as ice hockey is such a high impact sport but I knew there was something more to it than that. After pushing for more tests and getting my blood glucose tested it then came to light that I had Type 1 diabetes.
After a short spell in hospital and receiving education about insulin treatment, all I wanted to know was ‘when can I play hockey?’ I was determined not to let this condition stop me, I would respect it and manage it but I wouldn’t stop doing what I love because of it. This Diabetes Week I wanted to share my story and let others know that I can be a professional ice hockey player and be part of a winning team. Diabetes doesn’t have to be the game changer.”
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Care Advisor Florence Findlay White said: “There are currently over 80,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland and this number continues to increase. At Diabetes UK we want people to know that whilst there are challenges with diabetes, it doesn’t have to be what defines you. We are encouraging people to talk about their diabetes and help raise awareness. Calvin Elfring highlighted the symptoms which we have presented in our 4Ts campaign: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner. Knowing these symptoms and acting upon them are hugely important; if you are in doubt then contact your healthcare provider.