Hi! My name's Laura and I've lived with Type 1 diabetes for 13.5 years. I was diagnosed at the age of 16 and at the time I had no idea what diabetes was or what it would mean for me and my family.
I really struggled to come to terms with my diagnosis and didn't accept it for the first 10 years. However, after using daily multiple injections since I was diagnosed I moved towards insulin pump therapy and I've been using my Roche Accu-Chek Combo (named Iain) for almost 2 years.
The insulin pump (I currently use an Accu-chek), combined with structured education from my health care team and the support of people that I've met online have made a hugely positive difference to my life with diabetes. I also intermittently use a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) as and when funds allow.
I set up Ninjabetic when I realised that there was very little in the way of diabetes support in my local area. I wanted to connect with other people who have or are involved in diabetes, both online and face-to-face. I also wanted to have an online platform for health care professionals to able to direct their patients to for support.
As time went by I started connecting with more and more people; patients, families, carers, health care professionals, industry professionals and charities. I realised that I had a passion in raising awareness for people with diabetes, the care that we receive, the services that are delivered to us and the treatments that we are offered.
Not only did I want to share my experiences, past and present, with others who are experiencing similar to me, but I wanted to make a difference to the diabetes experience that we receive from health care professionals.
So that's what I'm trying to do; make a difference to people who have diabetes by supporting and empowering them through this condition, but also working with professionals to ensure that we can have the best diabetes service possible, throughout the UK.
This online platform offers a fantastic support network for patients and their loved ones, and it also provides health care professionals and industry professionals a method of engaging with patients to find out what they really want and need from their care.
How the Ninjabetic story began...
"Once upon a time there was a brave and courageous man who had spent many years travelling to different lands. This man had travelled far and wide, fighting monsters, battling the elements, learning from powerful sorcerers, drinking ale, growing his hair and collecting magical treasures along the way. He only had one goal in his sight and he spent day and night using his courage and wisdom to rid the lands from diabetes.
One day, on his travels along the wet and windy M27trail, he came across a poor lost girl. She had sad, tired eyes and carried a tattered bag full of her own magic tricks. These magic tricks were old, but she clung to them not knowing if she would ever find any more.
The brave man asked her why she was so sad, she folded her arms and looked away. He asked her if she needed help, she closed her eyes and shook her head. He asked her if she would like to have some the magical treasures which he had won from his battles, she opened her eyes and whispered “yes please.” The brave man and the lost girl talked about how she could fight her own battles too, she wanted to help him, she wanted rid the lands from diabetes as well.
After the talk the girl had her own courage, her own wisdom, some shiny new magic tricks which she could use without being scared and she also had a new name, Ninjabetic. The wet and windy M27trail had cleared and the sun was shining, the air was fresh and the path was clear once again. Before jumping into her trusted ka to continue her journey, the girl had promised that she would spread the word about the good work they were both doing and help as many people as she could.
The brave man and the smiling girl went their separate ways. They had agreed to meet at a place called Queen Alexandra, where they would share their tales ideas and eventually celebrate diabetes being banished from the lands once and for all."