T1 Tri Girl needs some fans to start the Fan Club. If you are a fan of T1 Tri Girl and want to talk to her about diabetes answer the following questions and email it to me. You might need your parents/caregivers to help you answer some of these questions. The first 50 fans will recieve a T1 Tri Girl Prize Pack.
- What is your name? First & Last Names
- How old are you?
- Which town do you live in?
- How long have you had diabetes?
- How do you look after your diabetes? (Insulin Pump or Multiple Daily Injections)
- Who helps you with your diabetes?
- If you had a problem with diabetes, who would you talk to? And why?
- What is the coolest thing about having diabetes?
- Do you like sports? If yes, which sports do you play?
- Do you like music? If yes, which instruments do you play?
- What is the hardest thing about having diabetes?
- If you had to describe your diabetes in three words, what would they be?
- Have you been to a diabetes camp?
- How often do you test your BG levels?
- What do you think would be the best way to raise awareness of T1 diabetes in NZ?
- If T1 Tri Girl had a sports camp, would you come?
- Would you like to be friends with other T1 diabetics your age?
- Would you like a big buddy that has T1 diabetes to talk to and do fun things with?
Please provide a postal address so you can be sent your prize pack. Take care of your diabetes and happy testing!
T1 Tri Girl (Heidi-Jane James)
T1 Tri Girl Fan Club – Ryan Moffitt (Gymnast)
I first met Ryan while getting body marked at Ironman 2008. Ryan and his family were helping out at Ironman mark all of the competitors bodies with their race numbers early on race morning. Ryan is a very active 12 years old from Taupo. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 7years old but still takes part in swimming, gymnastics, football, rock climbing, and shooting events. He recently competed in the National Gymnastics competition so he doesn’t let having T1 limit his performance. Ryan is on an insulin pump and thinks this is the best way to control his BG levels when he takes part in sport. Ryan tests his BG levels about 6 – 10 times a day depending on what sport he is doing and whether he is competing or not. Ryan doesn’t just compete in sporting events he is also a master of the electric and acoustic guitar. When I asked Ryan what the best part about being a diabetic was he said it was the CAMPS! He has been to so many camps in both Auckland and Rotorua and hope to attend the T1 Youth Sports Camp in January 2013. Ryan describes having diabetes as frustrating, educational and manageable. He also says the hardest thing about diabetes is remembering to give insulin especially when you are really busy and want to play. To raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. Ryan talks about his disease at school and at his sports. He also tries to answer questions people have but he says it’s hard because all people know about is type 2 diabetes. Ryan is going to make a great role model when he gets older…good luck with the sports & guitar playing.
T1 Tri Girl Fan Club – Rachel Roguski (Cross Country Runner)
I was lucky enough to get invited to the Diabetes Youth Taranaki family camp late last year were I met Rachel. Rachel is 10 years old and has had T1 diabetes for 9 of those years. She lives with her family in a little country town called Whangamomona which is near the Whanganui National Park. Rachel has many people in her life that help her with the management of her diabetes, her mum & dad, her teachers, her sisters, and her friends. When she has a problem though she always relies on the knowledge that her mum, Jane has of the disease. Rachel is a keen sports person and enjoys swimming, running and triathlons. She recently took part in the Weet-Bix Kids Triathlon in New Plymouth. When I asked her what would be the best way to raise awareness about T1 diabetes she thought a walkathon would be fun. Rachel loves going to Diabetes Camps and meeting new people her age with T1 diabetes. Rachel tests her BG levels at least 8 times a day and more times if she is low. She has a Cozmo Insulin Pump which she loves because it means she can be more independent than before. Three words Rachel used to describe her diabetes were: Hard, Fun & Annoying. I think we can all agree that Rachel is well on her way to being a great role model for other T1 Diabetics