Body and Soul - Breaking barriers with Guardian Connect

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:23

That’s me! I did not see diabetes in my future, so it was a huge task to accept that I would have multiple daily injections for the rest of my life. But it was the continual high and low glucose levels that drove me mad. I’m not kidding, I literally went crazy having to guess where my glucose levels were going to be. After six months from diagnosis I just gave up. I had diabetes burnout and stopped treating my diabetes and my mental and physical health deteriorated fast and before I knew it was back and forth to my endocrinologist trying to somehow motivate me to get on-board with a healthy treatment plan again.

To be honest the timing could not have been better with the launch of Guardian Connect. I went from being depressed and exhausted all the time and not having any care for anything to starting using Guardian Connect. Within a week I was already feeling like I could live a normal life. You see, it’s not the five insulin needles a day that’s the problem. It was the not knowing where my glucose levels were going to be that was so draining. Guardian Connect’s graph and predicted trending really helps me because I’m in the gym every day. I was having hypos and it was ruining my exercise plan.

Now I can see trends and can proactively correct them quickly and easily before a high or a low, whilst in the gym. I can honestly say that diabetes does not rule my life now. I do everything I want, like before diabetes. I just carry my insulin pen with me and Guardian Connect keeps me continuously informed of my levels. I live my life like I don’t have diabetes, I don’t have to carry a bag of diabetes paraphernalia around.

I feel free and happy and I can tell you I can’t live without Guardian Connect. It’s given my life back. I’m not a victim anymore.  Since Guardian Connect, I’ve started my own company and I’ve never been fitter – it’s changed my life.

Cam Byrnes. 

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This patient testimonial relates to an account of an individual’s response to treatment. The account is genuine, typical and documented. The views and opinions expressed are those of the patient or author and not representative of Medtronic or of any third parties referenced. The response other persons have to treatment could be different. Please consult with your healthcare professional for information on whether the treatment is appropriate for you. The information provided in this blog is an individual account specific to the writer’s experience in the management of their own diabetes. Before considering any changes to your diabetes management you must consult with your healthcare professional.