Christchurch schoolgirl speaks to MPs about living with diabetes at Houses of Parliament

DEBATE: MP Christopher Chope with Sarah Warren, 13

DEBATE: MP Christopher Chope with Sarah Warren, 13

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A CHRISTCHURCH schoolgirl spoke to MPs at Westminster about living with diabetes during a special Houses of Parliament event.

Sarah Warren, 13, was chosen to attend Type 1 Parliament by JDRF – the global type 1 diabetes charity.

She was one of 60 adults and children who live with the condition that was selected from across the country to represent their constituencies.

Sarah met with Christchurch MP, Chris Chope, along with other MPs on the day to explain the impact the condition has on people’s lives. She said: “Meeting Christopher Chope in Parliament was amazing and it was good to be able to talk to different MPs about the effects of the condition I’m living with. I hope that funding will be increased. I will remember the day forever.”

Sarah, who was diagnosed with the condition in May 2011, added: “Our day to Parliament was a really great experience and I was very proud to be able to try and make a difference for all Type 1 Diabetics in the UK.

“My diagnosis was definitely a life changing experience.

“Since then, I have done 5,500 blood tests and 3,678 insulin injections.

“My biggest challenge was the two day sponsored silence that my friend and I did to raise money for JDRF.

“It is really important that people are aware of the symptoms of Type 1, and the impact it has on life.”

Exact cause unclear

THE exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is unclear, but it is not linked to lifestyle or diet. A child diagnosed with it at the age of five faces up to 19,000 insulin injections and 50,000 finger prick tests by the time they are 18. The condition affects 400,000 people in the UK – equivalent to more than 600 people in every constituency – and incidence is growing rapidly, particularly in those under five years old.

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5:39pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mikeymagic says...

Good luck to you Sarah. It's a tough condition to live with as I know from experience. It's great to see young people leading the fight against this.
Good luck to you Sarah. It's a tough condition to live with as I know from experience. It's great to see young people leading the fight against this. mikeymagic
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8:39pm Mon 24 Mar 14

in-my-opinion says...

Well done to this young lady for trying to make a difference. My son has type 1 diabetes so I understand the daily routine she must have to go through.

As for the slime ball Chris Chope pretending to care about the well being of children, that's the biggest joke I've ever heard!!
Well done to this young lady for trying to make a difference. My son has type 1 diabetes so I understand the daily routine she must have to go through. As for the slime ball Chris Chope pretending to care about the well being of children, that's the biggest joke I've ever heard!! in-my-opinion
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4:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ReginaldIolanthePerrin says...

Well done Sarah. It's bad enough living with diabetes, I can't imagine what it's like living at the houses of parliament.
Well done Sarah. It's bad enough living with diabetes, I can't imagine what it's like living at the houses of parliament. ReginaldIolanthePerrin
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