Schoolteacher Nicola Blofeld, who has type 1 diabetes, recently raised £242 for DRWF by setting up her own fundraiser on social media. She set a target of £150 - which was reached in just 5 hours.
Nicola said: “This year I turn 30, an age where I expected to be at ease with adulthood but there is a giant thing that came along and changed my life quite drastically many years ago. I have type 1 diabetes and it won't ever go away. I spent many of my teenage years working hard studying and went on to University and shunned the party lifestyle, telling myself that when I got a proper job and an income I could finally relax and live a little. It didn’t quite work out that way.
"I was diagnosed late as I couldn't get a GP doctor at University and I missed the small signs. It was only when I began working full time that my body really started to struggle. I lost over 5 stone in weight and people would comment on how amazing I looked and ask what I was doing but the truth was I couldn’t stop eating or drinking fizzy drinks. I have never had thirst like it and it was unquenchable. I was really very ill and although I didn’t know it at the time, I was risking my life by living for work and putting my job before my health.
"My life changed forever when I was diagnosed and it is a similar story for other people living with type 1 diabetes. You are thrown into a world of numbers and daily injections that can seem so very isolating and confusing. It’s like walking on a tightrope while having to continue with daily life. If you take too much insulin you could have a hypo and too little can leave you having a hyper. You have a small range that you desperately try to get your blood sugar levels at, but it is hard. Counting carbs and injecting is tiring, but the worst thing I find is when you are trying your best and outside factors impact on your levels that you just can't control like stress, heat and menstrual cycles! Rock and Roll!
"Along with type 1 diabetes, you are more likely to get other conditions such as coeliac disease, which means you can't eat wheat and have to have a gluten free diet. Just another gift that good old diabetes gives for free and you graciously accept while crying over the beautiful cakes you dream of being able to eat.
"I'm so very lucky though to have my life thanks to charities such as DRWF. It is charities like these that push the treatment and development of medications, as well as working with companies to develop technology to make our lives a little easier. I estimate having 2,184 injections this year and 2,912 pricks on my fingers, a painful reality of my condition. Next year I hope for less as technology improves.
"For my birthday this year, I asked for donations to DRWF Diabetes. Their mission means everything to me and other people living with diabetes, and I wouldn’t be here celebrating this big birthday without them.”
Read Nicola’s blog here
Fundraising for DRWF via social media
Fundraising through social media sites, like Facebook, is becoming an increasingly popular way for DRWF supporters to raise vital funds for the charity. People are using this social media platform to ask their Facebook friends to help support our charity, more and more.
The reasons people fundraise are varied from giving a donation in lieu of birthday gifts, in memory of a loved one or simply just because diabetes is a cause which is close to their hearts.