Sixty years after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a 10
year old, Stafford Heights' Beryl Andriske has received a medal to
mark the occasion.
"Looking back on it, I don't think any of us thought about what
a big deal my diagnosis was for Mum," Beryl said.
"Mum used to have to boil up the syringes for my insulin
injections on a metho primus stove morning and night, every
"She took such great care of me."
Unlike type 2 diabetes, the onset of type 1 cannot be predicted
or slowed through treatment or through diet or exercise. It is an
autoimmune condition which results in the destruction of insulin
producing cells in the pancreas. More than 22,000 Queenslanders
have type 1 diabetes and must inject synthetic insulin several
times a day.
The challenge for people injecting insulin is finding the
delicate balance between the danger of a coma caused by
hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) on one hand and the deadly risk
of diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by hyperglycaemia (high blood
glucose), on the other.
Beryl celebrated her 60th anniversary of living with
diabetes at a gathering of Kellion Victory Medal
recipients, staged on Sunday by Diabetes Queensland to
highlight World Diabetes Day on November 14 at the Kedron-Wavell
Services Club. It was a particularly special presentation for
Diabetes Queensland as Beryl is a much loved long-term volunteer
and supporter of the charity.
The medals were presented by Dr Alan Stocks AM of the Kellion
Beryl, who is a fond and experienced traveller, said the Kellion
presentations help to encourage positivity, perseverance and
responsibility in managing diabetes.
"Diabetes has given me an opportunity to walk the talk on
dealing with a chronic condition to show myself and others what can
be achieved," she said.
"Every day is a chance for new beginnings, and to chase a
Diabetes Day is November 14 2018, a day
to appreciate the role family plays and the many ways
they help us all to maintain good health and