My name is Gail and I have had diabetes for 26 years. I have a little boy called Ashley. Just before Christmas two years ago when Ashley was just 3, he came into me one morning to find me in a severe hypo. My husband was on an early shift at work. I was thrashing around on the bed and screaming. This must have been very frightening for him, but he managed to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance to come and help his mummy who was poorly. I can vaguely remember him stroking my face beside me on the bed. When the ambulance men arrived he opened both the front door and the back door to let them in before going off to play with his train set! They attended to me, and I of course recovered very quickly. The ambulance men praised Ashley and, when my husband came home from work he couldn't believe how clever Ashley had been.
Well just 5 weeks after that Ashley himself was diagnosed with having diabetes two days before his 4th birthday. It didn't seem a fair reward after he had been so brave helping me. However he has coped brilliantly. He doesn't really like his blood tests and injections but knows he has to have them and always puts on a brave face. He started full-time school just after being diagnosed and enjoys it very much.
He was nominated for a 'Child of Achievement' award which was run in conjunction with the British Diabetic Association and Bayer. He won first prize in his category and we all enjoyed a brilliant few days in London where we attended the presentation. He is always happy and cheerful and I think he is an excellent ambassador for the condition.
Gail and Ashley Danny receive e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dad, Ashley and Mum, taken at Ashley's award ceremony in London.
Published September 1, 1999
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