I suffer from type 1 diabetes – as do another 50,000 Swedes. It is a life threatening, autoimmune chronic disease. Youth mortality is significantly increased and life expectancy is 11 years lower than the Swedish average. 900 new children fall ill each year, and at least as many adults. Nobody gets cured. Despite this, type 1 diabetes is almost unexplored and support for research is unacceptably low.
Many research projects cannot even be started because of lack of resources. It must not continue like this. We have to create proper resources for research into the single most common life-threatening, incurable disease that affects children in Sweden. Next time it might be you, your child or your grandchild who is affected.
Therefore, we need your help in the fight against this miserable disease.
Your donation will save children’s lives.
We carried out an experiment where we invited a group of people to quash their preconceptions about type 1 diabetes. Then we showed the group a short film which lets you follow 11-year-old Anna and her family through a day of their life with type 1 diabetes.
“While I was firmly holding my 10-month-old baby and trying to comfort him, a diabetes nurse pushed a sensor needle into his soft little bottom. Blood poured out. At the second attempt I held him even firmer, tears streaming down my cheeks, out of fear that it would fail once again because he wasn’t still enough."
"It was about one o’clock in the afternoon and 12-month-old Herbert had been sleeping in his pram all morning. I tried to wake him up, but didn’t succeed. Once we got to the hospital a nurse pressed the emergency alarm and the room suddenly filled with people. Finally a doctor sat down beside us and said "I am sorry, he has got diabetes". We had no idea what this meant, nor did we understand that the family’s whole existence would change