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