Hi, Iâ€™m Kev, father to a teenager who was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2010. Whilst not a person with diabetes myself I have learned so much about the condition and feel I can especially help those recently diagnosed.
Since 2014 Iâ€™ve become a keen cyclist and have cycled to Paris twice and ridden in the Prudential Ride London Surrey 100 twice. Through cycling I’ve raised thousands for two charities close to my heart: JDRF and INPUTDiabetes. 2016’s achievement of getting 30 Diabetes Dads together to cycle London’s Nightrider and raise around Â£20,000 is something I’m proud of.
My daughter has been using an insulin pump since 2013, using CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) on and off since 2014 and weâ€™re users of Nightscout/xDrip/CGM-in-the-Cloud too. Recently Iâ€™ve learned a lot about diet and nutrition â€“ because of the cycling Iâ€™ve been doing â€“ so I feel I can help in this area too.
Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to enjoy far too many once-in-a-lifetime holidays and my dream destination is India, somewhere Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to visit four times, the last time being in 2011 merely 8 months after my daughter’s diagnosis with Type 1. That was a four week backpacking trip in quite remote areas: diabetes didnâ€™t stop us, we got through it and the experience made us stronger. This year we’re going back again for a month’s backpacking around the South.
I blog about diabetes at Circles of Blue