20 Years Strong – by Tammy Moran

At Beta Change, we love hearing about what people are doing in their diabetes community to inspire others and to raise awareness of diabetes. Our new section ‘Global Postcards’ will bring these stories to you. Today, we’re hearing from our friend, Tammy Moran, who lives in Perth, Australia.

On Tuesday 11th July, I celebrated my 20th year of living with T1D (woohoo, yay!) I was diagnosed in Christchurch, New Zealand while on a family holiday and was placed on Actrapid and Protophane with doses consisting of 30units and 26units respectively by use of syringes and vials. Oh what delightful times they were 😉 Now I use Lantus (11units) and Apidra (20units maximum) daily, by MDI administration. Glucose monitors have changed significantly and now that I carb count, I can’t even fathom using a basic meter which only tells me my BGL. The profound leaps and bounds that have been achieved in regards to research, technology, language, anti-
discrimination, by-laws and political campaigns is truly inspiring and we need to remember how lucky we are that we are able to live with this disease now and not in the early 1900s, whereby it was a death sentence.

Diabetes: Forever & Always

This is the name of my Facebook page and brand new blog! I started my Facebook page in 2016, after I came home from the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver, Canada having represented Western Australia. I found that so many people from numerous countries wanted to learn about diabetes in Australia, what I do for a living, and my achievements and activities. I decided to create a page dedicated to exploring these topics and to interact with others around Australia and the world. I post funny memes, quotes, current research trials, future seminars, recalls on products/medications, new research findings and photos of my diabetes journey.

My blog on the other hand was created after many months of truly understanding the concept of blogging, my availability and enticing topics. There are so many blogs out there these days, that it is hard to stand out unless you do something outrageous or risqué. My first blog post – 20 years strong, is about everything that I have learnt in living with this disease and the changes that have occurred. It may sound ho-hum, but go read it. You’ll soon find out that I am quite a ‘black/white, hard facts kinda girl’ and I don’t mince my words.

Perth Diabetes Care (PDC)

My position within PDC is Marketing, Events & Youth Advisory Coordinator. One of the most important sectors to PDC is their small, focus-driven educational events for Health Care Professionals, people living with diabetes and their support team. Thankfully I am able to devise these events with the incredible PDC clinicians and Youth Advisory Committee members. There is nothing better than having a person greet me after an event and tell me how much they learnt, the support they felt within the room and knowing that PDC is a dedicated centre for adults. Being able to learn in person from people with the same disease, or professionals who have a deep passion for it, makes it so much more worthwhile than online learning.

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