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Share Your Story Competition 2012

Accu-Chek Reach Magazine Issue 1 2012 featured a competition for readers to win a prize for sharing their success stories. A selection of the stories are featured below; read, enjoy and most importantly, be inspired. Here is living proof that Diabetes need not hold you back from achieving your dreams and living your life to the full. Experience what’s possible.

Do you have a success story you are proud of? Click here to share your story with Accu-Chek today.

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"My diabetes will not hold me back!"

Whether he’s fundraising, being a Scout, at school camp or drumming, our competition winner (under 18 category) takes everything in his stride, while keeping his diabetes in check.

Determined fundraiser Nathanael (Nat), 14, is the winner of the under 18 category of the “Your Stories” competition featured in Issue 1 of Reach 2012. As you will find out, Nat is one young man who is not letting diabetes slow him down.

At the tender age of 11, Nathanael was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This has not prevented him from being a very active young achiever. He has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, which involved him earning 20 badges and completing three Scout camps. Nat has been a dedicated Scout member for years and is still active in their local marching band where he plays the side-drum. As well as this, Nat recently participated in school camp; diving into the fun with his friends he climbed, abseiled, canoed and kayaked, to name but a few of the activities, all whilst successfully managing his diabetes.

Prior to being diagnosed with diabetes, Nat was planning to take part in a 10- mile sponsored walk to raise money for charity, however, the weekend before this was due to take place he found out about his condition. As anyone with diabetes will know, it can be a daunting discovery with a lot to take in for the individual and their family. Nat had no option but to cancel his sponsored walk but he didn’t let this setback prevent him from eventually achieving what he had set out to do. He recalls, “We were too new to diabetes to take it all in. My dad went on my behalf, but the next year I went back and did it! I raised over £400 for Diabetes UK and the children’s ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, where I went when I was diagnosed.” Nat’s inspiring spirit and determination not to let his diagnosis stand in his way shows that diabetes does not have to stop anyone from reaching their goals.

Nat was in hospital for a couple of days after his diagnosis so he could be monitored and to help him adapt. He quickly mastered injecting and took a very mature approach to dealing with his diabetes, adopting a “no fuss policy”. Nat adjusted to using insulin injection pens and was given an Accu-Chek Aviva Nano blood glucose system. He says, “When I first started with injections I was quite nervous, but it quickly became routine. Blood testing was no problem.”

Eventually Nat swapped injections for an insulin pump. “I went from using an Accu-Chek Aviva Nano meter to using the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert bolus advisor, which was when I started to learn more about carbohydrate counting. Now I’m on the Accu-Chek Combo pump, which uses the Accu- Chek Aviva Expert as part of the system. Going on the pump has been very good. Things don’t always go to plan but when I have a high blood sugar I can deal with it myself.”

Nat says the pump also makes it easier at school, “I can eat what I want when I want. I saw a dietician briefly when I was in hospital and the nurse explained to me about the first stages of carb-counting, then my family and I had to learn an awful lot by ourselves. By the time I went on a pump we had a better understanding of the glycaemic index and how different bolus programmes work on the pump.”

Nat still keeps in touch with Scouts, helping out when possible, as well as remaining in the marching band. The fact that he does a lot of physical activity is something he does have to consider when it comes to handling his diabetes. “I am doing something called Band Explorers now, which is linked to the marching band. I also play kit-drums and guitar, and plan to learn sax, piano and organ. I spend a lot of time getting involved in music opportunities. Band practice is two hours on a Saturday which usually involves two hours of marching with my side-drum, and two hours on a Tuesday involving static rehearsals. For public parades, more than for the practices, I do plan ahead. Me and my mum figure out how we are going to manage meals, snacks and testing. For something like the recent Massed Bands Tattoo I will snack a bit before we get going. Then I have a few glucose tablets just before I set off, and chew one when I get a pause in the action.”

Proving his energy for life, despite his diabetes, Nat is not only in the Scout & Guide Band and Explorers, but he has also recently taken up tennis again, and participates regularly in his church and school worship bands.

Nat was delighted to win the £100 Amazon voucher and plans to spend it on a keyboard.


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