Christmas is the time…
The past two years have been challenging for all of us. Now more than ever, self-care and family support are vital, particularly for people living with a chronic condition like diabetes.
Did you know that diabetes is often described as an invisible condition and diagnosis can be very sudden? This statement was ever so real for Andrew when his 10-year-old son Xavier was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Xavier was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the festive season last year.
For his parents, diabetes has been a steep learning curve. Their daily routine now includes counting carbohydrate intakes, monitoring blood glucose levels and calculating how many units of insulin are needed for their son.
This Christmas, Xavier’s wish is that children will never know type 1 diabetes in the future.
Throughout his journey, he has brought together his school and the greater community to educate and fundraise, with a view to changing the narrative of diabetes for other children that follow.
This journey is familiar to many Victorians including Min. You see, this year marked Min’s 50th anniversary of living with diabetes (an achievement that was honoured with a Kellion Victory Medal). Min knows that living with diabetes is not always easy. Her journey has had many ups and downs.
“I was taken to hospital without much explanation. Taking blood from my tiny fingertips had my mum walking away in tears as I was held down and begging them not to do that to me. I was in full fright and flight mode…”
As Min knows, there is never a break from diabetes: “It’s relentless pressure and at times tormenting.”
Thankfully, Min has the dedicated support of her daughter. Min’s daughter has been there to support her during hypos (low blood glucose) while she was asleep, administer glucose gel when she has been unable to treat herself, and call 000 during some harrowing nights. She has saved Min’s life many times.
Min wants to experience living without diabetes so much she even has dreams about it. The freedom this would bring is something she yearns for.
Christmas is the time for new beginnings.
Diabetes Victoria relies on generous Victorians like you to help those who are affected by all types of diabetes.
Your support this festive season means we can provide life-changing programs and fund research to help people of all ages and their families find freedom and a renewed sense of hope for the future.
Please make a tax-deductible donation to our Christmas Appeal today. Your donation will help fund life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.
In these uncertain times, we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are in good health. We are most grateful for any support you can provide.
For support with managing diabetes, please call Diabetes Victoria on 1300 437 386.
Diabetes Victoria is pleased to advise that a total of 93 cents from every dollar raised is used to fund 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. Please note that our cost of fundraising ratio for FY 20/21 is much lower than in previous years because we are currently the custodians of a very generous bequest.