ABOUT CALLY ROBERTS, PODDER™ SINCE 2018

Hi everyone, my name is Cally (@typeone_cal), I am 22 years old and have been a type one for 12 years. I am currently at University where I am training to become a Children’s Nurse, and one day I hope to become a specialist diabetes nurse and help and support others like myself. Things that make me smile are my family and friends, my dog Tyson and being outside in the sunshine!

TYPE 1 DIAGNOSIS

When I was first diagnosed, I took it all in my stride and carried on as ‘normally’ as possible. I carried on being very active, as I always have been, and had very little problems throughout my school years. However, as I got to my teenage years I allowed my control to go downhill, and developed a very negative mindset towards my diabetes. I use to hate how I was different to my friends and other teens my age, and why I had to do things, such as injecting myself and carrying around medications that they didn’t have too.

After a scary admission of DKA, I turned my control around and changed my negative mindset into a completely different and positive one. I started taking control of my diabetes again, which led me to finally being accepted for an insulin pump (which by the way, I had wanted for a long long long time!). I also started documenting my type one experiences on social media, where I have met some many other amazing type one diabetics.

THE OMNIPOD® SYSTEM

I have been using the Omnipod® System since 2018, previous to this I was using another insulin pump system, and before that I had been on injections since diagnosis. I had wanted an insulin pump for a good few years before I was accepted for one, so I was extremely happy finally get one. I was happy with my previous insulin pump system; however, I was never given the chance to choose one that I thought would suit me best, so when I has the opportunity to choose one, the Omnipod® system was the very top of my list! I think that it is really important for people to have a choice in the pump system that they choose, it is a huge decision that needs a lot of exploring to find the right one for you.

The Omnipod® System was a perfect fit for me, being very active I knew that the ‘tubeless’ factor would be super beneficial. I love being able to put the pod on my body where I choose and then being able to place the handset in my pocket or a bag and not having to worry about what I have to wear/ or click my pump. Insulin pumps look scary, but personally I find the Omnipod® System easy to use and navigate, I like having the freedom to make changes to my insulin rates and being able to navigate the pump makes ‘diabetes life’ that little easier.

I would tell anyone that is thinking of moving onto the Omnipod® System to go and explore the Omnipod® System and its features, do your research because it is a really big decision to make. However, I have personally had a lot of positive experiences with the Omnipod® System, it has been amazing for me and my control, I feel like I have a lot more freedom to do the things that I love.

I personally think there is a LOT more education to do around diabetes. I have personally found that many people try their best to understand I will ask questions (which I love, I think its great when people want to learn about type one diabetes), however there is still a lot of ignorance. This is why I started up my Instagram page, to try and educate people around type one diabetes and act as an advocate.

 

Published on 24th December 2019.

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