I am a Diabetes Ireland volunteer, an advocate, a conference organiser, blogger and person with diabetes.I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993,when I was 20. It turned my whole world upside down. It took a long time but my world did right itself to a new kind of normal. Since then, I’ve married, lived abroad, had two children, and became a volunteer & patient advocate with Diabetes Ireland.
I started volunteering with Diabetes Ireland 10 years ago when I had hit an all time low in my diabetes care and was desperate to connect with others like me. I helped to set up and organise Diabetes Support Groups in Co. Clare and Public Information Events on Diabetes. In 2012, I edited, adapted and secured funding for the Irish version of the Type 1 Diabetes Starter Kit. In October 2015, I led the team that organised Thriveabetes; a type 1 diabetes conference whose mission is to Inform, Motivate, and Inspire. Blood Sugar Trampoline is my blog: a combination of a personal diary about living with type 1 diabetes in Ireland and a way to share information with others on their own diabetes journeys. It’s also good therapy for when days are tough.
“I feel that living with type 1 diabetes is sometimes like being on a trampoline, except you can never get off. It doesn’t take long for us to get tired of all that bouncing. It’s not any fun!”
"Novartis are delighted to continue to support the Future Health Summit. The event is always high quality from its organisation to its speakers, and is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in improving healthcare and outcomes for patients"Ian Addie, Patient Access Head, Novartis Ireland Ltd
"‘Irish Heart would like to extend our thanks for having our mobile health unit attend the Future Health Summit. The mobile health unit was extremely well received and there was over 130 blood pressure checks taken over the two days,. The event was fantastic."Emma Carter ,Mobile Health Unit Manager ,Irish Heart
"‘I have spoken at and attended this event for the last six years and in a short space of time the Future Health Summit has become an annual meeting place for progressive healthcare leaders who want to drive change and improve healthcare delivery. "Mr. Bill Maher, Chief Executive, Bon Secours Health System
"“This Conference is another one of Ireland’s global contributions. The Future Health Summit is required attendance for all who wish to engage in a stimulating interchange on the future of healthcare – globally and domestically""Michael Dowling , Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health