I’m Kim (Dahl) Henshaw. I try to live a simple life with my husband, two children and the family pet, BobCat. We live by the beach in a town called Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria, Australia. I’m open to admiting that I have an addiction to sunshine, good coffee and the truth.I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, started using an insulin pump in 2004 and a few years later a continuous glucose monitoring system. I have volunteered and worked for diabetes organisations since 1997. I cannot recall what life is like without diabetes. As much as I’d like to say it doesn’t rule my life, I think it does for I know no other way. The path has been chosen.
1 type 1 is my blog. It captures the moments and thoughts in my life that are different because of diabetes. Sometimes more challenging. Sometimes breath-takingly inspiring. But always the raw and honest truth from my perspective. I intend to create awareness and connections to diabetes for those who are looking. I’m not claiming to stay across all issues affecting people living with diabetes. I have co-founded and currently run an online community called the Oz Diabetes Online Community. As people living with diabetes, we use Twitter to stay connected, share information and provide valuable peer support to one another. Check out @OzDiabetesOC and #OzDOC next time you visit the Twittersphere. I also concentrate on research into the prevention of type 1 diabetes, type 1 diabetes in pregnancy and motherhood and better access to continuous glucose monitoring systems.
I hope with every fibre of my being that my children don’t ever have to live through the moments that I share here. My husband and I have decided to advocate hard for the prevention and cure for type 1 diabetes.
I hope to remain the 1 type 1 in my family.
But if either of my children do end up joining this exclusive club… I’ll make sure they read the good blogs first!
Because believe it or not, there are some good bits :)