Monday, 22 September 2014

Type 1 Diabetes, Mr Hirons and a bridge too far (for Mrs Hirons)

Yeah yeah, laugh away. It WAS the 80's you know. Yes that's a perm (on me, his is natural. The swine.)

Regular readers of the blog will have seen a few of these photographs before, so I apologise in advance but they are necessary to set the scene so please bear with. :)

Mr Hirons and I met in 1989. That whole 'when you know, you know' thing? Tis true. 

The tanned and thin years. 

We were two kids in to our final tally of four when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It came out of nowhere. There was no history in the family, it appeared he was just unlucky. 
That was 15 years ago. 

The care Jim received from the NHS was second to none (#savetheNHS) - and a lot of that was made possible by campaigning from Diabetes UK.

This November Jim and our boys are taking part in the London Bridges Challenge to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
Nine miles and twelve bridges. (After my Moonwalk experience I'll be providing tea, emotional support and donating on this occasion!)

If you have can spare a few pounds and are feeling generous, Jim's JustGiving page is listed below.

It would mean a great deal to our family and the funds raised will make a great difference to the lives of sufferers of Diabetes. And they do suffer, it's a relentless day-in-day-out pain in the arse (literally).

Thank you for reading and allowing me the indulgence of basically hitting you all up for cash.


  1. It pains me to hear people constantly complaining about the NHS - they have saved so many, many lives and there's hardly anything more valuable than free healthcare for all. I'll be donating a few pounds as soon as my paycheck comes through!

  2. My nana had diabetes and she died when she was 94. We aren't English but we do have a public healthcare system that saved her life, along with my aunt's life long dedication and care. It's a disease that can make your life very painful and complicated. I hope the cutbacks and lack of funding in general for these sorts of systems end soon and we grow to realise how important it is to take care of ourselves and of those we love. #saveNHS indeed!
    By the way, Mr & Mrs Hirons look adorable with their curls!

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  4. well done caroline and family for taking on a challenge like this for a good cause. i have donated and would encourage everyone who enjoys reading your blog to do the same so you can raise a good chunk of cash for a worthy cause for your efforts! come on blog readers, its for charideee!

  5. My boyfriend also has type 1 so this is a cause very close to my heart. Congratulations to Mr Hirons and your boys for taking part in such an amazing fundraiser. It is amazing what can be achieved for people struggling with type 1 with the funds received through activities like this. I wish you all, allthe best. We can both hope and pray for a cure in the future xx

  6. Good luck Team Hirons from a fellow Type 1. Was diagnosed 20 years ago, like Jim no family history, just out of nowhere. Life has been bloody hard at times but since getting an insulin pump 4 years ago I'm doing pretty well. But what I wouldn't give for just one day off from this hideous disease.

  7. I don't know why we would be laughing! You look lovely! All the best to Jim in his fundraising too xx

  8. Thanks for this post, Caroline. My boyfriend got diagnosed aged 19, and whilst it's been a couple of years now, it's still difficult for him to get used to it. The NHS really were fab in his case too. Good luck to team hirons and I hope we can get them closer to there target :)

  9. When I was diagnosed Diabetes UK was probably the single biggest source of information I used.
    An amazing charity x