Debbie Green has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was a little girl. Now in her 30s, she has a busy time managing work, home and all of the normal things in life. Normal for Green includes trail running (which is not normal for everyone!), and this year she is running in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April raising money for JDRF.
She says, “This year marks 25 years of my having Type 1 diabetes. It hasn’t been an easy ride, with plenty of ups and downs over the years, and sport was no exception. I often struggled with hypos and still battle to ensure my blood sugars are optimal to train and compete. Completing the marathon will be my toughest challenge to date. Our aim is to raise valuable funding for prevention and early detection of Type 1 diabetes and prove to other newly diagnosed diabetics that this is not a limiting condition. Your support means the world!”
She has been using an insulin pump for the last 10 years or so, most recently the MiniMed 640G insulin pump. About using this, she says, “The MiniMed 640G pump suits me because I love being able to use its different features as much or as little as I need. It makes it so quick and easy to use and I don’t have to go through endless menus and screens to do something little. One thing that I use a lot is temporary basal rates. The fact that I can ‘save’ my favourites with this pump in particular is great and makes this especially easy. It feels much more like a gadget than a medical device to me.”
To read more about her advice to anyone thinking about going on an insulin pump, changing supplier of their insulin pump, or trying continuous glucose monitoring for the first time, click HERE.
You can sponsor her here: DEBBIE GREEN MARATHON CHALLENGE
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