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Artificial pancreas technology helped me during my pregnancy

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Laura and her family

Diagnosed at 18 months, Type 1 diabetes has been a part of Laura’s life for as long as she can remember. But diabetes has never stopped her doing anything she wants, including starting a family.

 

Having suffered a miscarriage, pregnant again, Laura decided to take part in our research which was investigating whether the artificial pancreas could reduce complications in pregnant women with Type 1.

The artificial pancreas consisted of three items which were a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), an insulin pump and a tablet computer. These communicated wirelessly and controlled my blood sugar levels at a time when they were quite volatile due to my pregnancy.  

 

They successfully kept my levels within the target range with little to no input from myself.

 

During the study I effectively felt like I no longer had diabetes due to the artificial pancreas managing my condition and taking the constant effort and worry away from me personally.

 

We now have a wonderful 17 month old son, Sonny, who we are very proud of.

 

I genuinely believe that without the study we may not have the family that we now have today. I am certainly thankful for the vital research that is being undertaken and the many fantastic people that assisted me along the way.

 

Taking part in the study completely transformed my life.

Laura

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