Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd.
97 Waterloo Road North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: 1800 777 808
It was February 2012 - Valentines' Day to be precise. I had made an appointment to see my family GP, as I had been feeling incredibly tired, thirsty, was going to the toilet frequently. I had lost 11 kilos in the matter of a couple of weeks. Furthermore, I had been having these really strange headaches accompanied by nausea for a month or so. Admittedly, I thought it had to do with a dental procedure I had in January – I had all four wisdom teeth taken out "in the chair" (what was I thinking?!), and recovery was very long and traumatic.


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This year marks 20 years since my diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. A time I will always remember; where I was, what I was doing, the journey to the hospital, the first nurse who looks after me, my endocrinologist and the words “she will have this for life”.


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Living on the opposite side of the world from the place I call home, I have had many treks through airports that include long layovers and missed connecting flights, low blood sugars during turbulence, and many attempts at packing pump supplies that turned into a real life game of Tetris.  I think anyone can attest to the fact that small things always tend to go wrong while travelling. With Type 1, though, there comes a little bit less room for error. How do you power through travelling with such high stakes? Over-plan, over-pack, and overcompensate.


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The government announcement on 1st April for CGM subsidy for the under 21s was such a milestone for people living with Type 1 diabetes.  As a healthcare professional, who works exclusively with this age group, this was an amazing thing for me to witness.


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