|Leigh was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 15 years of age and has been living with the condition for 50 years. Leigh is hopeful that with the support of Diabetes Victoria we can have a brighter future for Victorians of all ages.
This busy grandmother of four doesn’t let diabetes stop her from enjoying life to its fullest. While having around six to seven injections daily might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, to Leigh it’s just part of life.
While Christmas was tough in the beginning, Leigh now spends the day surrounded by her grandchildren, reminding us that, ultimately, Christmas is about love, joy and appreciating what you have.
“Christmas is a special day whether you live with type 1 diabetes or not. It’s a day of sharing, laughter, joy and, since my grandchildren have arrived, the magic has returned. Luckily for those living with type 1 diabetes there are no carbs to count in happiness and love.”
Leigh’s story shows just how far we have come. But sadly, we have much further to go. Currently there are more than 330,000 Victorians living with diabetes and this number rises every day.
|Leigh living with type 1 diabetes|
The challenges of diabetes are never more apparent than at Christmas time.
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|Mahimna and his father Sunny attending family camp organised by Diabetes Victoria|
83 cents from every dollar donated directly funds much needed research, programs and services – for the benefit of all Victorians affected by, or at risk of, diabetes. This is well above the industry benchmark. More information is available at Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website here.