Monday night was the launch of F & I Associates and we had such a lovely night! It was great to see my agents again and to be reacquainted with all the talented individuals who my agents also represent. There were some new faces there who I hadn’t met previously, so it was a real delight to really get to know everyone. There were a few Casting Directors there too which I had the pleasure in speaking to! As I said last week, I am so excited to see what the future holds for myself within the agency. I am really looking forward to what is yet to come!
This week (as some of you fellow diabetics may already know) it has been announced that the Flash Glucose Monitor FreeStyle Libre will be available on the NHS for free as of November! HURRAH! I am beyond excited about this and simply cannot wait to get stuck in and try it out! As some of you may remember from one of my previous blogs, I spoke about the FreeStyle Libre and what it entails and how much it costs. For any of you who didn’t get to see that, here’s a little bit of info.
- The FreeStyle Libre consists of a small circular sensor which sits on the back of your arm and monitors your blood sugar.
- Your blood sugar is simply read by the reader which is touched onto the sensor on the back of your arm.
- Each sensor lasts for 14 days.
- Each sensor costs £50.
- The starter pack which includes two 14 day sensors and one reader costs £159.95.
- With the FreeStyle Libre you do not need to prick your finger to test your blood sugar.
Luckily, the NHS Business Service Authority have have approved the FreeStyle Libre on the Drug Tariff which means it will be available for diabetics across the UK as of November! (Subject to local health authority approval). This news is incredible! The FreeStyle Libre really will open many doors for individuals and will save so many fingers from endless lancet pricks! Earlier this year the FreeStyle Libre was also approved for use in pregnancy in Diabetes. However, as it is subject to local health authority approval, the FreeStyle Libre may not be available to everyone with Diabetes. It may only be available for Type 1 diabetics who have a greater clinical need for it. We will have to see what the outcome is.
I must admit, as much as I am excited about the FreeStyle Libre I am also slightly apprehensive. That one reason being that I am so uncertain about having a sensor on the back of my arm all the time… It’s a very new concept for me and of course, I can’t make a proper judgement until I’ve actually tried it. I’m hoping that I don’t become too conscious of it being there and then that bothers me. I’m hoping that I would just forget about it, because at the end of the day, it’s only tiny and the technology is amazing!
On another Diabetes related note, this week I did some filming for Diabetes UK with the company Spirit. This is the second round of filming Spirit have done for Diabetes UK. The first round was all about relationships and Diabetes. One of my best and very talented friends, Vicky, was one of the actors used in the first load of videos where she portrayed a Type 1 diabetic called Fawn. She is absolutely hilarious in the video and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxBQx1z9w0k
There are many other videos available on the Diabetes UK Youtube channel too which you can find through the above link. So check them out!
So yes, the filming is all about going to University with Type 1 Diabetes. I was the first diabetic to be filmed for this round of videos and I had such a great time and a huge laugh. The videos are promoting how to be open with going to University with Diabetes. I am a very confident individual and I had a lot of positivity to bring to the video. I won’t say too much now, as I’m looking forward to the video being put together and then I’ll be able to show you all then! Watch this space.
Whilst on the Diabetes bandwagon, I wanted to draw upon something else that I have seen online this week.
Basically, it’s apparent that Diabetes is joked about and ridiculed in a “lighthearted” way within TV, the media and other creative outlets (in my opinion Diabetes is never directly targeted intentionally in a way to cause hurt and upset). Family Guy is a huge example of making a joke out of Diabetes. I’m sure for any of you who are Family Guy fans, you’ve heard the jokes that are made about Diabetes within various episodes of the show. I am a massive Family Guy fan and for me personally, I can let the odd joke slide. However, there have been occasions where I have just tried to ignore the fact that Diabetes has been ridiculed in the show. It’s difficult to be too annoyed because it’s not just Diabetes that the show jokes about, but there is a fine line between being funny and being offensive.
The one thing this week that has alarmed and annoyed me is below.
This Ladies and Gentlemen, is a greeting card that was created by the company Woodmansterne Greeting Cards. Now, I can imagine that some of you will look at this card and have a good laugh. Each to their own. I personally find it extremely ignorant and rather offensive to be honest. The card received so much negative feedback from the Diabetic community that Woodmansterne Greeting Cards have stopped all production of the card, removed it from sale and have destroyed all stocks.
I’m not being a party pooper here and spoiling all the fun. However, poking fun at Type 2 Diabetes really can have a negative impact on individuals living with the condition as it is a serious condition that requires strong and careful management. It is much more appropriate that if any Diabetes related jokes are going to be made, they are made by a diabetic themselves. The unnecessary stigma that this card has caused to Type 2 Diabetes really does pigeonhole Type 2 as “because you’re overweight and have a bad diet.” This really is doing a disservice to Type 2 diabetics as this is absolutely not the case for all Type 2 individuals. This card really does give a negative impression and it’s safe to say I am glad it has been removed from all sale.
Over and out for this week. I won’t be writing a blog this week coming as I will be sunning myself in Malta for eight nights with my boyfriend. However, look out for my Malta related blog the following week!