About Me - Gráinne


My name is Gráinne, I live in Co. Clare, Ireland.  I'm a Diabetes Ireland volunteer, advocate, conference organiser, blogger and person with diabetes. And my full-time job is that of a stay at home parent.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993, when I was 20. It turned my whole world upside down. I was a student living away from home and loving my independence as a young adult. I finished out my year in college and ran home to the place I remember being safe.

I have created Blood Sugar Trampoline as a combination of my personal blog about living with type 1 diabetes in Ireland and a way to share information I collect on my diabetes journey.

If you would like to read more about my journey living with type 1 diabetes; click here.

About Blood Sugar Trampoline

I had been trying to find a name for my diabetes blog for a long time when one day, out of nowhere, “Blood Sugar Trampoline” popped into my head and it wouldn’t leave. It couldn’t, because I was already in love with it. I could feel it!

Why? For me, living with type 1 diabetes feels like being on a trampoline, the Blood Sugar Trampoline. Everyone is on the Blood Sugar Trampoline, however, people who do not have diabetes don’t realise they are on it. They just go about their business and their bodies take care of their bouncing blood sugars.

It’s only when that doctor sat down in my hospital room and told me that I had type 1 diabetes and would have it for the rest of my life. Suddenly, I saw it, as plain as day. And, what was effortlessly done before my diagnosis is now a task I have to work at to try to achieve.

I feel that living with type 1 diabetes is sometimes like being on a trampoline, except you can never get off. It doesn't take long for us to get tired of all that bouncing. It's not any fun.

Here, we can bounce together, keep each other steady, and cheer each other on when we get tired and want to get off the trampoline.