CROSSING the finish line at the recent Run for a Reason was not the first challenge Sabrina Davies has faced.
The Vines resident is one of 120,000 West Australians living with type 1 diabetes, after being diagnosed when she was just 17.
“I was in my last year of school and was struggling,” she said.
“I was constantly thirsty and taking never-ending trips to the toilet.
“My mum took me to a doctor who wasn’t overly concerned and said I could do a blood test the following week if I wanted to.
“Mum is a nurse and wasn’t happy with that so she took me elsewhere for a second opinion and that night I was rushed to the emergency room very unwell.”
Ms Davies said she was devastated when she was given the diagnosis.
“My world came tumbling down around me,” she said.
The mother of two received plenty of support from educators and support groups throughout the difficult first few years as she adjusted to her new way of life, and set her mind on achieving everything that people told her she could not do.
A keen performer, she was the singer in a band when some of the members suggested forming a Pink tribute show. The idea took off, and she began to play regularly, becoming Perth’s own Pink impersonator.
Ms Davies ran in the 12km Run for a Reason event as part of the “Pinked Perth Team”, while her husband and two sons took part in the 4km walk.
“I want to use this fun run as an opportunity to boost awareness for type 1 diabetes and to raise some much- needed funds for Diabetes WA,” she said.
“I also want people out there to know that just because you have an ‘acute illness’, it doesn’t mean that you give up on life.”
Sabrina’s next Pink tribute show will be at The Woodvale on June 25.
For more on upcoming gigs and tickets, visit www.sabrinadavies|music.com