Welcome to another Thriveabetes interview. Today I’m with Mairéad Parker who you might know as @Type1_Muinteoir on Instagram. Mairéad was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4 years just before she started primary school. She has lived with diabetes for 28 years and is currently expecting her first baby in September so naturally one of the topics we touched on was managing pregnancy and diabetes.
In part 1 of this interview Mairéad talks about her teenage years with diabetes which, not unusually, was a struggle and we talk about how and where acceptance of her diabetes came about through doing a DAFNE course and also being gifted a Flash glucose monitor in 2016. We also touched briefly on sharing diabetes in relationships.
In part 2 of Mairéad’s Interview: We talk about her pregnancy and being a Freestyle Libre ambassador and how she would like to use that platform to raise awareness on the need for access to this technology for the over 21 age group.
Here is Mairéad’s December 2020 blog post published on Thriveabetes: Teaching with Type ! Diabetes.
FUNDING SUPPORT FOR FLASH
We also mentioned some financial supports/refunds if you are self funding your sensors which you can find out more about here
DIABETES & PREGNANCY SUPPORT
If anyone is interested in finding other women with diabetes going through or considering pregnancy this private Facebook group is really supportive – Type1 Diabetes, Conception, Pregnancy & Motherhood in Ireland.
Previous 2021 Interviews
Dublin Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Group; Emma O’Toole and Niamh Downes
Erin Dolan, Clare @CrazyAboutDiabetes on Instagram
Noel Murphy, Dublin
2020 Interview Playlist
Featuring all of these people with diabetes:
George Clancy; former International rugby referee
Aoife Gordon; The Sugar Fairy
Kate Gajewska; Diabetes Educator, Psychologist and researcher talks about insulin pump access in Ireland
Abbie O’Sullivan; Student
Cayden & Pam Kavanagh; then age 11 and his mum.
Click here for playlist