Ebony was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at three years old, almost 25 years ago. Having gone through difficult periods managing her diabetes, she's taking back control. And is taking on the One Million Step Challenge.
One Million Step Challenger
Living with Type 1 diabetes
This year I’m taking part in the One Million Step Challenge to support people affected by diabetes. If you know me, you’ll know this is a big deal, primarily for two reasons....
1. I’m a Type 1 diabetic
2. I’m a lazy... :)
"The last few years have been a bit of a roller coaster to say the least."
Managing Type 1 diabetes
I’ve been living with Type 1 diabetes for almost 25 years. That means I’ve had well over 30,000 injections, around 18,250 finger pricks and spent over 100 hours at diabetic check ups, not to mention the overnight hospital stays! The last few years have been a bit of a roller coaster to say the least. Going through pregnancy and raising a toddler whilst closely managing my diabetes was harder than I ever expected. I’ve been introduced to some life changing medication, spent a fortune on said medication and most recently, been lucky enough to be funded for some of that medication.
Over the last two years I have developed diabetic retinopathy and, as a result, have had countless sessions of laser treatment on both eyes. Whilst receiving treatment, my right eye haemorrhaged which meant I had to have a vitrectomy operation to stop me from going blind. The operation was successful but caused me to lose partial vision, permanently.
Improvement in control
"Through my journey with Diabetes UK, I’ve met some amazing people, support networks and learnt so so much."
But through thick and thin my overall control of my diabetes has improved and I am determined for it to continue to do so. Through my journey with Diabetes UK, I’ve met some amazing people, support networks and learnt so so much. I will forever be grateful. So it’s my time to give something back. There’s no cure for diabetes yet, but the technologies are growing rapidly and every penny counts to improve people living with diabetes lives. Help me, help Diabetes UK kick diabetes' butt! There are 4.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths every week. So, I’m stepping towards a healthier me, and a better future for people living with diabetes. I AM GREATER THAN HIGHS AND LOWS! I >ΛV
You can take on the One Million Step Challenge with Ebony, and thousands of other steppers, by registering using the link below.
Or you can support Ebony directly by making a donation to her challenge page.