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Lizzy's story: walking in memory of fellow type 1 friend


Lizzy Corsby

Diagnosed in 2008.

The 25th of August 2008 changed my life forever.

10 years ago fast thinking on behalf of Lizzy's mum probably saved her life. Find out from Lizzy why she's taken on the One Million Step Challenge this summer to support Diabetes UK.





Lizzy's fast-acting mum recognised signs


I'm Lizzy Corsby, from a little town in Northern Ireland called Ballymena, famous as the hometown of Liam Neeson. I'm 32 years old, Mummy to Harrison, wife to Jamie and teacher to the most amazing young people.

In 2008, I had been feeling really unwell for only a few days with the classic signs - severe thirst, constantly running to the loo, sudden weight loss and the worst mood!

My mum who has type 2 diabetes spotted the signs and checked my blood glucose levels using her own metre. Remaining quietly calm, she and my Dad packed a bag for me and explained I needed to go to the hospital.

Mum explained upon arrival to A&E I was seen immediately. Within 15 minutes I had been given my first shot of insulin. When I finally came round, the first thing I remembered was the severe thirst and need for the toilet had gone! I'll never forget the staff in the hospital.

They were amazing when they explained, that I had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and it was for life. They patiently talked me through my new regime, and although I was relieved to understand why I'd felt so ill, I couldn't grasp the concept that this was for life.

Coming to terms

Move forward almost 10 years and I've perhaps grasped this concept, or at least most of the time. I have days, even weeks when it's such a struggle but I have an incredible family who support me.

Every day I'm grateful for the fast actions of my Mum. The hospital staff told my parents that if they hadn't acted so quickly I wouldn't have survived the night.


Walking in memory of my friend

After my diagnosis, mum signed me up as a member of Diabetes UK. I've made great friends, led the big collections, and set up the local support group. During the Belfast Giants charity game for Diabetes UK in Northern Ireland, I started chatting to a lady and her family sitting a few rows in front. This lady was Wendy, whom we sadly lost earlier this year.

Wendy also lived with type 1 diabetes and was one of my biggest supporters. Wendy encouraged me to live with type 1, especially through pregnancy and becoming a Mum.

Her husband, Nigel and daughter, Emily continue to support and encourage me and together we dedicated our challenge to her memory. We miss her every day!


The One Million Step Challenge

The One Million Step Challenge is proving a great way to personally raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, raise much-needed funds for a worthy charity, remember a friend and celebrate my 10th 'diaversary'. Plus, I love every step.

Together with my husband and son, we're walking more, eating and feeling better. My blood control is much better too. We are team type one-derful!

If you're thinking of taking part, just go for it! Wouldn't it be amazing if the money you raised help fund that cure? Wouldn't it be amazing if future generations lived without the fear complications of type 1 diabetes?


Feeling inspired? We'd love to have you join #TeamDUK in taking up a challenge.

Find out more about One Million Steps and see our upcoming challenges.

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