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Sandi

Sandi

Name: Sandi McKechnie
Age: 24
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Glasgow
Campaign: To support young people with diabetes

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was six years old.  

 

It’s a condition which affects one in twenty-five people in Scotland, many of them young people like me.

 

When I went to secondary school, I was responsible for controlling the diabetes myself.

 

I wanted to go out and do the normal things that teenagers do, but I had to take injections and keep an eye on my insulin levels.

 

Wanting to support others who live the disease, my group and I have launched a website that allows those with diabetes to come together and talk about things that affect them.

 

We want young people to realise that you can lead a normal life having diabetes, as long as you manage it effectively.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Faizah Ali

Gemma Thomson

Kevin Brannan

Megan Lott

Rachel Waller

Samantha Byrne

 

DiabetesUK

The organisation supported our Fix by helping us with our website.

 

International Diabetes Federation

Sir Michael Hirst, president of the federation, supported our Fix by providing an interview for the TV news story.

 

Glasgow University

Professor Naveed Sattar from the university supported our Fix by speaking about the medical aspects of diabetes for our STV broadcast.

 

Iain Bone

Iain has Type 2 diabetes and supported our project by sharing his story for the broadcast piece.

 

June 2014

A post about our website - www.justduk1t.org.uk - was published in The Herald Scotland. 

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