Juliana proves the naysayer wrong

Jullianna _Kellion _2018


Fifty years after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while living in her native Holland, Birkdale's Juliana Landman has received a medal to mark the occasion.


"My doctor told my fiancée and me after I was diagnosed with diabetes that I would not become an old woman … We didn't listen to her and proved her wrong!" 


"My doctor told my fiancée and me after I was diagnosed with diabetes that I would not become an old woman and wouldn't be able to have children. Why marry me?" Juliana said. "We didn't listen to her and proved her wrong.


"I'm now 72 years old, have a son and a granddaughter, and still drive a car. I was married for 49 years. I never thought I would outlive my husband but he passed away last year."


Unlike type 2 diabetes, the onset of type 1 cannot be predicted or slowed through treatment, diet or exercise. It is an autoimmune condition that destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Nearly 23,000 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, or hypo) on one hand and the deadly risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose), on the other.


Juliana celebrated her 50th anniversary of living with type 1 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.


The medals were presented by Dr Alan Stocks AM of the Kellion Diabetes Foundation.

Juliana, who is dealing with heart and kidney issues, which can be complications from type 1 diabetes, said she is grateful for the love and support she's enjoyed.

"I have had a good life with the help of my doctors, my son and my wonderful husband," she said.



World 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 wellbeing.    #mydiabetesfamily 

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