A mum from Caldicot who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for almost 25 years is taking on this year’s One Million Step Challenge.
Ebony Hussey, 28, was diagnosed with the condition aged three. She is taking part to raise greater awareness of the challenges of life with Type 1, increase her fitness and fundraise.
Spotting the symptoms
Ebony said, “Luckily my mum spotted the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes straight away as my brother, Mitch, had been diagnosed with Type 1 four years earlier. My parents tested my blood sugar levels using his equipment and took me straight to hospital.
“Due to my family’s knowledge of the condition, there was no need for me to stay overnight. We even went on our family holiday to Spain that weekend as planned!”
Despite facing several challenges over the years, Ebony remains positive.
Ebony continued, “I struggled as a teenager and just wanted to be “normal”. Managing my diabetes through pregnancy and raising my son, Theodore, was harder than I ever expected.
“In 2017 I developed diabetic retinopathy. Despite laser treatment, my right eye hemorrhaged and I needed an operation to stop me from going blind. The operation was successful but caused me to lose partial vision permanently. But through thick and thin, my overall control of my diabetes has improved and I’m determined for it to continue to do so.”
Stepping it up
Ebony currently walks around 4,000 steps a day. She will have to more than double this to reach 1 million steps by the end of the challenge on 30 September.
“With a full-time job and a 22-month old little boy, finding time will be tricky. My partner, family, friends and colleagues have all been really supportive. I’m feeling confident about hitting my target and getting fitter.”
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