SANOFI Diabetes – giving new hope to patients with key therapeutic solutions.

 It can be beat!

Last year I was approached by a well-respected Cape Town based dietician and concerned parents to help their 11 year-old daughter, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1- Diabetes (insulin dependent).

This brave girl, although initially nervous, was determined to not let diabetes get the better of her.  She came to the intake consultation with exact reasons whys she thought she could benefit from the therapeutic journey. Her main concerns were being scared at night and feared being alone. For someone who had just recently been diagnosed, this girl knew (in my opinion) more about her illness than most adults sufferers. Confidently, she was able to explain:  how part of her pancreas had stopped functioning, what a hypo, hyper was, the side effects of being diabetic and casually showed me how she tests her sugar levels.

Steve Irwin's Zoo- AsutraliaDiabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Worldwide, 366 million people are currently living with diabetes, and this population will grow to 552 million before 2030. Building upon its century long history in this field, Sanofi is committed to improving global diabetes management through its integrated offering of treatments, medical devises and services (www.sanofi.com).

Below is a personal depiction of how this girl saw herself with diabetes. Often speaking about life before and after being diagnosed. I have now completed 8 sessions of therapy and I am so proud that she has conquered her fears. She is one remarkable girl who doesn’t see diabetes as an illness, but almost apart of her- ‘just getting on with it.’ She has also had the wonderful encouragement of friends, teachers and most importantly family to support her through it. Proving that diabetes can be beat!

Me and my diabetes



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