Gold Coast families unite to conquer t1

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Families gathered on the Gold Coast recently to discuss experiences and strategies to help their teenagers with type 1 transition to adulthood.


Fifteen type 1 families attended the One on One type 1 family seminar at Parkwood Village on November 16.


Guest speakers included psychologist Dr Grant Sinnamon, and Credentialled Diabetes Educators Deb Foskett and David Irvine, who both work with type 1 families on the Gold Coast. The kids mingled and enjoyed mini golf on the 18-hole Boulders and Badlands course.


The parents and kids also heard from 13-year-old Summer Welsh, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two months before her 5th birthday.


Summer feels she was lucky on the day she was admitted into hospital because she had an endocrinologist who was eager to put kids on insulin pumps as soon as possible.


Summer started her treatment on a pump immediately after diagnosis, avoiding the additional concerns and impact of multiple daily injections.  She was also treated by the "no holding back, tell it like it is" diabetes educator that she still sees today.


Summer and the Welsh family are actively involved in running camps, education days, and get togethers for type 1s and their families on the Gold Coast so that all parents can share the knowledge they've gained on their journeys. 


The next family camp run by The Glawry Association is on 8 to 10 March, 2019.


For more information on the type 1 family seminars and camps for type 1 young people, contact Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588.


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