The Jacombs family, Christmas 2004
My four darling daughters:
From the left Beckie, Nicki, Sasha and Danielle.
Sasha was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April 1999 at the age of four. Two years later Sasha and her identical twin sister Beckie were diagnosed with coeliac condition which is another linked autoimmune condition, sometimes found in patients with type 1 diabetes. This means a strict gluten free diet.
Sasha had always had problems with night time hypoglycaemia and in the early years she had quite a few seizures during the night time. Sasha has no hypo awareness when asleep which means frequent monitoring at night. She also had problems in the past with severe hypos after exercise.
Sasha has tried never to let diabetes stop her from doing most things. She and twin sister Beckie take part in competitive gymnastics and they have both won medals. Sasha and her sister are also very keen swimmers and like many sports.
Earlier this year, after many years of trying, Sasha was able to start using an insulin pump which has improved her quality of life significantly (and ours).
Right from the start, even with a few teething problems, during the pump start, illness, causing high blood sugars and initial site problems which are now solved, she was very happy with the pump and says that she never wants to return to injections.
Sasha is a very happy, outgoing child who is never lets herself feel down, for long. She amazes me everyday with her positive outlook on life and I can't count the days when she has said "today is the best day of my life."
I just wanted to say how much the CWD support list have helped change things. It's so good to meet other parents in the same situation. The parents who subscribe to the UK list have been able to help and promote the use of insulin pumps for children in the UK.
Jackie, England UK
Mum of Sasha aged 11 dx 1999, twin sister Rebecca, both coeliac 2001
Mum also to Danni and Nicola, wife to Terry
The Judge family
From left to right, Abbie, Jill, Kevin, and Dylan at around the time of diagnosis.
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