Taking baby steps towards a cure

Deb Kelly, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18, is selling jelly babies to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. d399829
Deb Kelly, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18, is selling jelly babies to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. d399829

The South Perth resident is taking part in Jelly Baby Month where she will be selling jelly babies to raise money and support the Juvenile D`iabetes Research Foundation of Australia.

Ms Kelly was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18 years old and had to learn to treat herself with four injections a day.

Fast forward 23 years, and today she is on an insulin pump, which allows more flexibility and freedom in her day-to-day life.

Ms Kelly said having type 1 diabetes had not restricted her life too much but said her lowest point came just over eight years ago.

‘My lowest point was suffering from hypoglycaemia and falling unconscious when I was three months pregnant with my son,’ she said.

‘Luckily in my 23 years of being a diabetic a hypo that severe hasn’t happened again.’

Ms Kelly added that she has been involved with JDRF for many years and has previously volunteered to sell JDRF products in shopping centres.

‘This year I signed up to sell two boxes of jelly babies, totalling 192 packets.’