Been working on this for some time now but finally it’s time to go live my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight this is a god awful disease for an adult but for an eight year old girl it is devastating. My daughter is now 21 and to this day still has a horrid time with her diabetes but she still loves a day’s fishing with her dad and finds it a great way of forgetting her worries for a few hours and her blood sugar checks, the endless finger pricks, the multiple injections a day, the carb counting, the insulin dosages, the low blood sugars, the high blood sugars, the frustration, the worry, the tears, the multiple hospital appointments.
When she is out with me she loves nothing more an fishing a lure and feeling the tug so I have made up a collection of lures all have light blue or dark blue in them as these are the colours of the diabetes charity. Courtney wanted to do this in a way of giving something back to the sick kids diabetes ward in Aberdeen as even now she is 21 she has so much fond memories of the great staff that helped her until she turned 18. So please check out a message from Courtney below it will give you a little incite to what a type 1 diabetic has to go through on their daily routines and how it effects them physically and mentally also check out all the flies below all are for sale just click on the select options button and the link will take you to my shop.
Once more thank you in advance and hope to see some of you on the river bank or at one the the great fisheries I frequent.
Hey my name is Courtney whyte and I have been a type 1 diabetic for nearly 13 years. On the 21st of January 2007 my pancreas decided to retire and give its job to me, this is when my world turned upside down. There was doctors coming in and out, needles getting stabbed into me from every direction, tears, confusion and then the words no one wanted to hear “I’m sorry, you’re type 1 diabetic”. That’s when the 3am blood sugar checks, the endless finger pricks, the multiple injections a day, the carb counting, the insulin dosages, the low blood sugars, the high blood sugars, the frustration, the worry, the tears, the multiple hospital appointments and the admits to hospital started. It has been a struggle since day one, the slightest thing can interfere with my diabetes, I’ve ended up in hospital because of tonsillitis, an abscess in my tooth and ever a cold playing havoc with the diabetes. I’ve had 2 seizures due to low blood sugars during the night which made me have memory loss for weeks afterwards and I could not hold new information in my head for more than 10 seconds. Many people don’t understand the meaning of type 1 diabetes, many thinks this disease is self-inflicted but it’s the complete opposite. It happens when our immune system decides to attack and destroy the insulin producing beta cells in our body. It most definitely is not from eating too much sugar. Despite all of this, this disease is manageable but for us to manage this we have to constantly climb mountains and fight against our body on a daily Basis to stay alive. So this is why my dad has decided to sell flies (the type 1 collection) to raise money for the diabetes unit at the sick kids in Aberdeen because if it wasn’t for the diabetes team there then I would not be here today. They have helped me, been there for me and saved my life so much over the years that I was there. So if everyone could get involved and contribute to raise money for this amazing charity and help other type 1 diabetic kids to have as normal of a life as possible and keep them with their families like they did for me would be amazing.