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Me Chatting D In The Press, Type 1 Diabetes

That Time I Was Live On 5 News…

June 17, 2015
5 News

Lololololol. I was invited onto 5 News to speak as a type 1 around the fact that the prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are on the increase. I’m always absolutely 100% for speaking up and raising awareness around any of the stuff that we face. I think it’s wonderful that more and more we’re given the chance to have our say, and it’s also something I happen to really enjoy doing. I was interviewed alongside lovely Libby Dowling from Diabetes UK, who issued the press release to coincide with the start of Diabetes Week. The presenter had clearly gotten excited about the very original (yawn) type 1 vs type 2 ‘debate’. Just BEHOLD the way my face so obviously drops when he persists with the issue in the final question. Oops! Thankfully I don’t think I handled the probing too badly… Fun experience! Hope I didn’t fail the diabetes community……

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Me Chatting D In The Press, Type 1 Diabetes

Ohhhh, we’re in The Guardian – Freestyle Libre Buzz

November 18, 2014
The Guardian

Mum, I’ve made it. The buzz around the Abbott Freestyle Libre has extended beyond the Diabetes Online Community’s corner of the interweb and into the national press. Amy Fleming at The Guardian has written a great piece featuring lovely Mike from Every Day Ups and Downs and his thoughts on how the Libre is advancing diabetes management and making life safer for us who are used to relying on four or five finger pricks a day to understand the complex and confusing world of type 1 blood sugar behaviour. There’s also a little quote from yours truly I was really impressed with this article; Amy explains a lot of confusing information about type 1 very concisely, and very well. It’s all there factually and it’s really nice to see an article focussing on actual experiences of using the thing. Click on the image there to give it a read in full. DOC for the win!

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Talking to 5 News About Type 1

October 11, 2014
5 News

Too many numbers for one title there… 1.30pm, 5pm and 6.30pm I got many texts, tweets and unflattering screen grabs of my face on the telly box. Not only Channel 5 felt the desire to show my mug, but ITV News too. The potentially life-changing breakthrough in the quest for a type 1 cure was widely documented yesterday. At first glance of the headline I took it with a pinch of salt – we’ve been ‘close’ to a cure for many decades now, and as great as it is that so much funding and attention is focussed on working towards a cure for type 1, I’ve certainly never really believed it would be available for the next generation or so of diabetics. But upon further digging of news like this, I think such a viewpoint is entirely wrong, ignorant and naive – millions of pounds and decades of professional lives are focussed…

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Me Chatting D In The Press, Wellbeing

Listen: I’m on Radio 1’s Surgery!

November 20, 2013
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ARGHHHHHHH!!! I did it, and we didn’t get taken off air. Phew. So as I explained, I was asked to go on BBC Radio 1’s Surgery to talk about living with type 1. As thrilled and excited as I was to be asked, and as comfortable as I am in my workplace with my colleagues, when it came to putting the headphones on in front of the mic and sitting across the desk from Aled, I suddenly felt very daunted by the prospect of what felt like speaking on behalf of an entire community. I knew there was so much to say and so little time to say it in – I wanted to get enough points across but also to make sure I conveyed what it’s really like to live with this thing. Oh, and without completely offending anyone. Simple… The chat absolutely flew by – to the point…

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Me Chatting D In The Press, Type 1 Diabetes

missjengrieves on Radio 1’s Surgery TONIGHT

November 17, 2013
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EEEK!! So this is exciting… This evening at 9pm I will be appearing on BBC Radio 1’s Surgery as a guest to talk to Aled (known in a former life as Chris Moyles’ producer) and Dr Radha about life with Type 1, off the back of World Diabetes Day on Thursday. I know, right?? The extent of my on air appearances so far at work have been getting soaked while taking pictures of Innuendo Bingo on a fairly regular basis, and David Hasselhoff telling me I was cute during a ground-breaking feature called Smell My Finger. So this is sliiiiightly different… Good luck everybody. If you’ll allow me to get all worthy for a minute… I’ve always felt so strongly about getting across the implications of living with type 1 beyond the injections and the counting and the blood tests. From personal experience and the feedback I’ve received over the…

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Talking Type 1 On The Radio

March 4, 2013

Phew. Just did a mad five minutes (if that!) on The Mark Forrest Show which goes out on the local BBC networks across the UK, talking about the differentiation between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This is something I know a lot of people get frustrated about when we’re nonchanlently put together like some sort of weird club of slobby, lazy overeaters. The hook for the show was ‘If you get diagnosed with diabetes – is it your fault?’ This is quite a sweeping, almost dangerous hook for a feature but I suppose the idea is to get people talking, and that sentence seems to have done that alright. The feature comes from this story in the news today about the rising cost to the NHS (we know, we know). I poured out my feelings about this issue at length after watching a Channel 4 documentary called The Hospital, which aired back in…

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Diabetes In The News… Again

October 27, 2011

So, a very strange thing happened to me today… Many of you probably saw diabetes hit the news today, and the reports I saw telling the story this morning irked me in the usual way in that there was NO differentiation between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. I also saw some reports link diabetes to consumption of fats, when most of us have an inkling that this is in fact merely the scapegoat for carbohydrates. Yawn, the same old misconceptions! Frustrating. So fast forward to mid-morning and I’m plodding along at work and I get a call from a Hull number. I left Hull a while ago now, but it was an old friend who has moved from the radio station I used to work on to the region’s BBC equivalent, BBC Radio Humberside. He wanted me to talk on the subject, LIVE, on the radio. Sorry what? Now…

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Diabetes in the News

August 9, 2011

(It’s never a good way to start a post, but I’d like to apologise in advance for the rambling nature of this entry. It appears I need some time to get my mojo back. Bear with me, it’ll be worth it, I almost guarantee…) Anywho… Just read this article… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2023882/Could-Atkins-diet-help-diabetes-bay.html And despite the ridiculous title, it strikes me as a big nod towards the way diabetes treatment is going, and needs to go. Cut down on the carbs, and you’ll cut down on the need for insulin, thus enabling your body to cope with the amount it has to produce and ta-da, your blood sugars improve. (I am aware it’s not that simple, btw). But how FRIGHTENING is it that we’ve been told all these years to chow down on the pasta, rice and potatoes, and yet suddenly (finally) health professionals are admitting that’s probably not the best idea. I…

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