In 2012, I donated my time to redesigned Diabetes Ireland's logo when they were re-branding.
A GUIDE FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED ADULTS
In 2011, I adapted, edited and financed an Irish version of the Australian booklet "Type 1 Diabetes Starter Kit; A Guide for Adults with Type 1", created by the Type 1 Diabetes Network.
Approximately 5,000 copies were distributed and it’s available to download on Diabetes Ireland’s website.
I took on this project because I remembered what it was like when I was told I had type 1 diabetes in the hospital. I was a little stunned! When I read the Starter Kit, I wished I had a book like this to get me started on where to go for more information when I was ready for it. This book helps newly diagnosed patients do that.
Download the Irish Type 1 Diabetes Starter Kit here.
Our support group meetings have led to organising diabetes information events with healthcare professionals. I also participate raising the finances for these events. While fundraising isn't helping others so much, it is enabling us to maintain our support groups and spread awareness about diabetes outside of our community. I feel it’s very important to help others understand us and why we need what we need.
In May 2016, I was invited to speak at Future Health Summit, an international health care professional conference. It was a wonderful experience.
In November 2017, I will speak at the Diabetes Self Management Alliance Conference in Galway.
Blue Circle Voice
In October 2017, I became a Blue Circle Voice for International Diabetes Federation. This initiative that aims to represent the interests of people living with, or affected by, diabetes, through a worldwide network of members and other stakeholders. BCV act as the global voice of people living with diabetes and draws upon the experiences of people living with diabetes.