MEADOW Springs resident Jesse Fortune’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at seven years old left her in PMH intensive care clinging to life.
Her parents were both shocked and saddened to learn her daughter needed four insulin injections and 8-10 finger pricks a day upon diagnosis.
Jesse’s mum Zillah said her daughter is now on an insulin pump to keep her alive.
“She still needs to do her finger pricks,” she said,
“Jesse has also had to learn how to count carbohydrates as she needs to enter the amount of she ingests into her insulin pump every time she eats.
“My husband and I also get up every night to check Jesse’s blood glucose levels as if they go too high or low this can become life threatening if not dealt with immediately.”
The mother of four said she didn’t know anything about Type 1 diabetes at the time of Jesse’s diagnosis.
“If we had known the signs we could have helped Jesse earlier,” she said,
“That’s why we’re now trying to raise as much awareness as possible”.
Mrs Fortune is hosting her fourth year of the Type 1 diabetes JDRF One Walk marathon this Sunday.
“The feedback I have received in the past about the event has all been positive,” she said,
“Everyone has said it’s an enjoyable day and it’s a nice way to meet other families from their local community that may have someone who also has Type 1 diabetes,” she said.
She said Jesse loves participating in the walk each year.
“It is so nice for her meet other kids with diabetes so she knows she isn’t the only one,” Mrs Fortune said.
“It’s also great for her to see the support from the local community and to know that there is a lot of people out there that care and are willing to help with a cause that is so important to her and our family”.
The JDRF One Walk marathon will be held December 3 at Greenfields Riverside Gardens Reserve from 9.30am.