I’m so happy you’re here! I’m Rachel, a mum of two sweet little girls (age 5 and 7), married to my awesome and very talented hubby. We live in good old Yorkshire in the UK. I’m a full time mum and I love to write, blog and be creative whilst enjoying family life. We eat, sleep and breathe Type One Diabetes in this house so if you have also been thrown onto the Type One bandwagon, you are in the right place and I’d love to connect with you!
I have many interests in life and I would love to share a glimpse of some of my passions with you on this blog, whilst interweaving them with all aspects of life with Type One Diabetes. Horse riding, dog walking, story writing, painting, creating, renovating houses and sharing Gods love to those around us just to mention a few!
When we set out on the parenting journey seven years ago we decided our highest priority was for me to be available for our children wherever possible and we have been so blessed to be able to do that. I am even more grateful now my daughter has Type One that I can be there when she needs me, drop everything and be at school in a few minutes and be around for all drop-offs and pick-ups. I appreciate not every one can do this but now I have some time in the day I want to dedicate it to helping others.
Although a full time Mum now, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Equine Sport Science. Horses are one of my biggest passions in life, I just love these marvellous creatures. I’ve done various bits of work with horses over the years and owned a variety of project horses and ponies and its the long term dream to pursue life in the countryside one day!
But for now, we live close to the city and focus on running our family building company and renovating properties to pay the bills. My biggest challenge is juggling so many things and managing my time well, not to mention keeping on top of the house, which we are still renovating!
Why I blog?
I started my blog earlier this year, not long after our youngest started school both as an outlet for my creativity and a place to share my experiences mainly relating to family life and parenting children with Type One in the hope that I can help others in the same situation.
My daughter was diagnosed with Type One three years ago at the age of 4. It came totally out of the blue after just losing my Dad (aged 63) a few weeks before and it came as a huge shock. Read more about our diagnosis story.
We found ourselves submersed in a whole new world of learning to deal with this new way of life and not really knowing where to find the information we needed. It was overwhelming, stressful, daunting and hard to know where to start with it all. It didn’t take us long to realise that there is a whole community of people out there from so many different walks of life, all brought together by one thing they have in common and that is raising a child with Type One. A community that simply understands, has the same daily struggles and worries as us and I just love the idea of connecting with these people to help one another.
I’m sure you will agree that life with a Type One child is truly exhausting, its 24-7 and never goes away even when the rest of the world is sleeping. No day is ever the same and there is often no rhyme or reason to it. Its hard work, its frustrating but WE CAN DO THIS! You are not alone and YOU were created to be the AMAZING parent and family that you are.
We are only three years into the journey so I am by no means an expert but I feel I have helpful knowledge, tips, strategies and lessons I can share with you to help make managing the day to day of this chronic condition a little bit easier for us all. Hopefully this site will grow into being a helpful resource for parents, grandparents, carers and friends of families living with Type One.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, please take a look around and if you haven’t already, join my email list so I can keep you up to date with new posts and freebies.
Please note: I am not a health care professional, everything that is written here is for educational purposes. The information on the site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Please always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers before altering your diet or exercise regimen, starting any new treatment or making changes to existing treatment.
Here are my most popular posts:
- Best tips for Teaching Kids about Type 1 Diabetes.
- Best Kitbags for organising Type 1 Medical Supplies.
- The Beginners Guide to Type 1 Diabetes.
Have a fantastic day today!
Best Wishes, Rachel
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