December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
An enterprising teenager diagnosed with type 1 diabetes has been inspired by her condition to raise funds to find a cure for herself and others.
Madeleine Young was 12 years old when she was told she would be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life.
Far from letting it get her down, however, the active teenager, now 15, runs a successful stall full of homemade crafts at car boot and jumble sales in a bid to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Madeleine, from Long Green in Wortham, near Diss, who is home-schooled and a keen dancer and kick-boxer, is simultaneously studying for her GCSEs and raising funds to attend art college, as well as crafting toys, sock puppets, jewellery and bags to sell on her charity stall, called Stormy Blue Sky.
“I had a proper childhood before I was diagnosed but there are some kids who won’t have that – they won’t be able to go swimming without thinking about their insulin and food,” she said. “There are mothers who have to accept their babies have it and I couldn’t imagine doing that. There’s so much research going on into cures and it’s important to support that. There are children who need help but can’t do anything about it, and I can.”
Madeleine first noticed symptoms when she began to lose weight, dropping three stone in just a year, drinking copious amounts of water, and feeling continuously tired.
After several visits to the doctor, and intially being given the all-clear, she was diagnosed and admitted to the West Suffolk Hospital where she stayed for five days.
She now has to inject herself with insulin up to five times a day, and test her blood-sugar levels regularly.
“I’m feeling good and I’ve had it under control for a while now,” she said. “It’s quite a lot to handle but it’s manageable. If I go to a friend’s house I make sure I know what time I’ll eat so I can test my blood sugar 10 minutes before and if we’re doing something active I have to make sure I’ve got food with me in case I get low blood sugar.
“I’m on top of it and I’m managing it.”
Madeleine’s next venture will be at Westleton Barrel Fair in Suffolk, on August 18.