Lifestyle

A family’s ongoing mission for a cure for young Ethan

LIFELONG CONDITION: Ethan Galpin, 14, has type 1 diabetes.
LIFELONG CONDITION: Ethan Galpin, 14, has type 1 diabetes. Paul Braven

Ethan Galpin And His Mum Tammy. Ethan Is Asking The Questions...

Q1. What is your name and where are you from?

Tammy Galpin, I was born in Nelson Bay.

Q2. Is it true your son has type 1 diabetes?

Yes. Ethan was diagnosed in January at age three. He was very sick over the Christmas period. Our GP doctor originally diagnosed Ethan with a virus just before Christmas. Over a period of two weeks Ethan lost a third of his body weight and was very sick. We were flown by the Royal Flying Doctors to the Adelaide Children's hospital where Ethan was put into intensive care and diagnosed with DKA and type 1 diabetes.

Q3. How bad was it when you found out your son had type 1 diabetes?

It was horrible. But my lack of understand was only just beginning. I spent two weeks in the Children's Hospital with Ethan when diagnosed. I had to learn to give injections and how to count carbohydrates, learn that what works today, will not work tomorrow. Imagine you are the parent of a three-year-old and you had to give them medicine every night and day And if you get the dose wrong you could kill them; just a little bit wrong and they are dead. Now imagine for a moment that the dose you gave them yesterday that worked, doesn't work today for some reason. Now imagine that you have to worry about this every day for the rest of your child's life.

Q4. How does this affect how you and your son live?

When Ethan was first diagnosed and for the first five years after, we had a very regimented lifestyle. Ethan would have four injections a day. If he was sick or wouldn't eat, we would end up in hospital under specialised care. About six years ago Ethan got his first insulin pump. He wears this 24/7 and it is constantly administering insulin into his body via cannula.

Q5. How are you raising awareness?

Ethan is the Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and I am an advocate. Ethan and I have met numerous politicians including prime ministers. He has explained what living with type 1 is really like and has helped secure funding for research into a cure.

Topics:  diabetes juvenile diabetes medical research



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

BOM, storm chasers: Rain to intensify from Sunday

RIDGE building up along Gladstone's coast to bring days of rain.

'Cut in half': Local pollie to lose crucial Gladstone town

CHANGES: What the Gladstone electorate could look like under the proposed changes.

AFTER YEARS of fighting for a Gladstone town, he may lose it.

Gladstone man proposal to mining companies for 'long-lost gold'

BIG FIND: Explorer Jeff Harris clams he's found 'a lost Dutch settlement' in the countryside of Western Australia.

GLADSTONE man searches for cashed-up backers after gold find claim.

Local Partners

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

72 hours of things you can't miss in the Gladstone region

The Screaming Jets are making their way to Gladstone in 2017.

YOU CAN'T miss these things to do in the Gladstone region.

Gladstone's 20 cheapest properties on the market, all under $150K

DIRT CHEAP: 5/239 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora is selling for $140,000

PROPERTY sellers drop prices as houses and units sell for bargains.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!