GOOD CAUSE: Type 1 diabetics Jasmine Prasser, 13, Connor Arandale, 5, and Elizabeth Timmins are keen to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
GOOD CAUSE: Type 1 diabetics Jasmine Prasser, 13, Connor Arandale, 5, and Elizabeth Timmins are keen to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Luka Kauzlaric

Diabetes diagnosis changes lives

JASMINE Prasser, 13, Connor Arandale, 5, and Elizabeth Timmins' lives changed drastically in one day - the day they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Pricking their fingers several times a day, checking blood-sugar levels and injecting insulin is a daily requirement added to frequent doctor visits.

For more than 20 years Elizabeth Timmins has suffered the condition, five-year-old Connor was diagnosed a year ago and 13-year-old Jasmine Prasser was told she had diabetes in July.

"You're always forward planning," Ms Timmins said.

"(You have to be) 10 steps ahead because you're always thinking I've got to go out, make sure there are jelly beans with me."

Connor's mum Abbie said sometimes it felt like an invasion of privacy.

"You go from being perfectly normal to having doctors, nurses, educators and school teachers all getting involved," she said.

Before she received her diagnosis, Jasmine noticed a change in her attitude, excessive thirst, hunger and loss of energy.

A lack of services, funding and awareness about the condition has encouraged this trio to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For the first time, Gladstone will host a Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraiser.

It will be held on November 15 at 3pm at Lions Park. It is a 2.4km walk and all funds are donated to the JDRF.



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