DRWF Events: Comic capers come to the rescue of children with type 1 diabetes
The family took part in the 2021 Camp in the Cloud with Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation and Over The Wall which allowed them to meet other parents and children with type 1 diabetes.
Clair said: “Joseph had all the classic symptoms, losing weight and drinking all the time, the GP sent us straight to hospital as Joseph had diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) symptoms.”
DKA is a serious complication that can happen in people with diabetes if their body starts to run out of insulin. When this happens, harmful substances called ketones build up in the body, which can be life-threatening if not detected and treated quickly. The second comic book in the Type 1 Origins series ‘Attack of the Ketones’ deals with this life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes.
The Camp in the Cloud experience allowed Clair and her husband Angelo to meet other parents of type 1 children while Joseph got to interact with the other children.
Clair said: “It was lovely to chat to other parents and to share stories, hear experiences and tips. We learned a lot and it’s really helped us as a family.”
Joseph will be starting secondary school next year and Clair and Angelo want him to be as independent as possible, able to manage his type 1 diabetes on his own. Clair is keen to improve his diet as he tends to eat a lot of cheese at the moment!
Upcoming events for young people living with type 1 diabetes
Camp in the Cloud Online Virtual Event
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Diabetes Wellness Type 1 Family Camp is at NAYC and ACUK, Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire
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Read more at DRWF Educational and Fundraising Events in 2022: Getting back together again to support people living with diabetes
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