Teddington woman with diabetes offers support to others affected by the condition

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 09:34

A 31-year-old Teddington woman is offering support to people living with diabetes, with the help of charity Diabetes UK.

Emily Moore, of Broad Street, Teddington, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, days before she was due to go on holiday to the USA. Having experienced some of the common symptoms of the condition, including feeling very tired and extremely thirsty, Emily was seen by a doctor, diagnosed and given information about how to manage her condition before she then boarded a plane four days later.

After two years of coming to terms with her condition and learning how to manage it, she now volunteers with Diabetes UK’s Talk To Someone With Diabetes service. Emily has been trained by the charity to give practical and emotional support to people affected by the condition over the phone and via email.

Volunteers like Emily do not offer medical advice but crucially they can talk about the practical and emotional aspects of living with diabetes because they also live with or care for someone with the condition.

Having Type 1 diabetes means the body cannot produce insulin. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable.It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly.

Emily said: “It’s really great to be able to offer some friendly support and talk about my own experiences. I know that I have always got a lot out of talking to people who know what I’m going through, so I’m hoping I can help others in that way too. Living with diabetes means you’ll have good days and bad days and sometimes you just wish you don’t have it. But with the right help and support, it is easier to make having diabetes your new ‘normal’.

“I hope my contribution can, in some way, help people manage their diabetes more effectively by providing, advice and support for a condition for which there is currently no known cure.”

Roz Rosenblatt, Diabetes UK London regional manager said: “Emily is a fantastic advocate for people living with diabetes. As it’s a serious lifelong condition, it can be difficult, but through this project Diabetes UK offers the chance to talk to someone who has been there, who knows first-hand what it’s like to live with diabetes. Feeling like no-one understands what you’re going through can be tough but sharing experiences with someone who knows is often half the battle to managing the condition.”

      

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