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Barbara's story: I'm running for my father and my daughter with diabetes

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Barbara

Daughter diagnosed age 11.

Diabetes has always been a way of life for me and as a result I’m very passionate about it.

Barbara is taking on the Great Manchester Run 2019 because she wants to promote the importance of Diabetes UK and the support it provides to families and professionals.

Journey with diabetes

Barbara's diabetes journey

I have always been around diabetes, my late father was type 1. He died from complications relating to poorly controlled diabetes at the age of 51 years somewhat suddenly.

I myself had gestational diabetes and was insulin dependent in my pregnancies.

My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 11 with type 1 diabetes and it has been very difficult for her during her teenage years both socially and emotionally.

Diabetes has always been a way of life for me and as a result I’m very passionate about it. I work in diabetes as my job which I love, helping those who have the condition live a happier and healthier life is a privilege. I would like to promote the importance of Diabetes UK and the invaluable resource it provides for both families and professionals. Working within the community as a diabetes technician I regularly refer to Diabetes UK for up to date guidance and pass this on the patients in the community.

I now work in diabetes care, which I love.

Diabetes UK and me

The Great Machester Run

I recently undertook the couch to 5K challenge as a complete non runner and it has been incredibly hard work. The prospect of 10K is somewhat daunting but the rewards for a charity that is very personal to me will inspire me to work towards completing the training and eventually the run to my best ability. Every penny I raise will go towards improving the quality of lives now and in the future.

If you would like to take on the Great Manchester Run with Team Diabetes UK, hit the link below.

 

Great Manchester Run

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