Adult care event: Type 1 in the city – by Alyssa

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My name is Alyssa. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2013 (today is actually my  diaversary!) I treat my diabetes with a pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).

I went to several care events run by Diabetes UK for children with Type 1  a couple of years ago, and loved them. The experiences were life changing and the people I met were wonderful. So when I got the opportunity to volunteer at an adult care event with Just DUK 1t, in the form of Type 1 in the City, I jumped at the chance.

Type 1 in the City is an event for people with Type 1 diabetes aged 16-25. It was a festival themed event, with everyone wearing lanyard passes. The volunteers called themselves thAlyssa-Type1-citye ‘Betus Crew’, and there were several different workshops available to take part in during the day, including an Alcohol, sex and healthy eating workshop, but also some more fun samba drumming, hip hop dancing and art workshops.

The most important part about the day was meeting so many people with Type 1 and sharing stories. The social aspect is the most important part about these events, making those with Type 1 feel like they aren’t alone.

Betus crew volunteers

Some of the volunteers (I’m the one on the right welcoming everybody) got the chance to take part in the workshops, so I decided to take part in the alcohol workshop. I wanted to hear to what everyone else does with alcohol and nights out, and I’m glad I did, because I learnt a lot of tips! First we tried on beer goggles, which simulated the feeling of being drunk. We have tAlyssa-beer-googleso walk in a straight line, and pour what we thought was a unit with the goggles on.

It was harder than I thought! We then just discussed tips on how to deal with blood sugars, sugary alcoholic drinks and hypos due to alcohol. These workshops are good because they give advice that health care professionals won’t necessarily know, and they are a good laugh!

Never a dull moment

The rest of the day went by fast. I volunteered in the art workshop, the healthy heads workshop, and got a free lunch (which is always a bonus in these events!). I love these events because everyone has something in common, and so there is never a dull moment.

There were lots of selfies, laughter and tips shared, and everyone stayed in touch. Type 1 in the City was the first young adult care event, and I hope there is another, because the experience was unforgettable. This event was only run for Scotland, but I would definitely recommend attending a care event to anyone with Type 1, because they provide invaluable experiences and friends.

Until next time.

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