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Over the last year I have been experiencing some discomfort which has become downright painful on a number of occasions. Unfortunately,  it has become so painful that I have experienced a couple of trips in an ambulance and some morphine. My local Accident and Emergency unit has been fantastic – busy but friendly and professional.…

In a regular blog series, Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK’s Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, rounds up the latest diabetes news. This week Simon rounds up the latest technologies, medicines and treatments. Ultra Rapid Insulin Eli Lilly have announced that they are ending their licensing agreement for ultra-rapid-acting insulin BioChaperone Lispro. The company that developed this insulin,…

This year, 13th January was a Friday. That’s not the only significance of the number thirteen for me this month: on 20th January 2017, it will be thirteen years since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Thirteen years since I discovered that spending over thirty years with no significant illness, I suddenly, inexplicably had…

While watching Charlie Brooker’s sweep of the year, I was made aware of ‘Naked Attraction’ an absurdly premised programme whereby individuals choose a date based only on seeing their suitors naked. Shamefully curious I looked it up and was begrudgingly hooked in. I was struck by one thing in particular; these people were so very…

On Wednesday 13th January 2016, I was introduced to a new friend/acquaintance/buddy/partner. Since then, we have barely been separated. We’ve travelled together; we’ve climbed together; we’ve slobbed on the sofa and watched television together; we’ve been to business meetings together; we’ve been out drinking together; we’ve had fun and we’ve got stressed. I am not…

In November, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes (APPGD) published their report ‘Levelling Up: Tackling Variation in Diabetes Care’. As a person with Type 1 diabetes and Diabetes Voice representing Diabetes UK, I felt fortunate to be able to attend their report launch event at Westminster. There, I listened to speeches given by the…