A mum-of-two from Clitheroe will be tackling the Great North Run for Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes following her daughter’s diagnosis.
Emma Beverley’s daughter Corin (11) was diagnosed in January last year after having been unwell for several weeks. Initially her symptoms, which included increased thirst and tiredness, were missed, but following a visit to a practice nurse who recognised that Corin’s symptoms were typical of Type 1 diabetes, she was given a blood glucose test and rushed to hospital.
Emma (36) said: “Initially Corin’s symptoms weren’t picked up, but a simple finger prick test could have identified that her blood glucose levels were dangerously high. Thankfully after a visit to the practice nurse, who asked us some simple questions, Corin received a diagnosis just in time. We were told that if it had been any later, Corin would have developed diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition that requires urgent medical attention.”
People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.
The main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes include going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child or heavier nappies in babies; being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst; feeling more tired than usual; losing weight or looking thinner than usual.
Emma, who is a teaching assistant has been training hard for the GNR with support from all the family – her husband, Paul, Corin and Corin’s older sister Nieve (12).
Emma added: “Corin has had ups and downs with her condition since she was diagnosed and has been in and out of hospital. The specialist diabetes team at the hospital have been fantastic. So as well as raising awareness I want to take part in the race to support Corin. She has been doing some of the shorter training runs with me and I hope I can show her that diabetes doesn’t have to stop her doing anything.”
The run, set for September 10th, sees thousands of people take to the streets across Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields, to run the half marathon course.
Maria Whittaker, Diabetes UK North West regional fundraiser, said: “We’re really grateful to Emma for joining #TeamDUK to help raise vital funds to help people living with diabetes. The Great North Run is one of Europe’s leading races, whether you are an elite runner or a novice.
“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK and help us realise our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm, so please give generously to back Emma and support her amazing effort.”
To sponsor Emma visit her Just Giving page.