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July 21, 2017 By Randi Gill
New technology, research and more at the Vancouver Type 1 Diabetes Expo

Harjeet Gill, 26 (pictured above with her parents) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three—and has experienced many highs and lows in managing the disease.

“I was so young when I was diagnosed. There was a lot of trial and error in trying to control my blood sugars,” says Harjeet. “I was the first person with diabetes in my family, and the first in all of the schools I attended on Vancouver Island. There were some situations where I had to adjust: what I ate, how much I ate, and participating in certain activities such as sleepovers. Aside from my visits to B.C. Children’s Hospital, I hadn’t crossed paths with another person with diabetes until I was in grade seven; even then, she lived in the next town over and I never saw her again.”

Shortly before Harjeet was diagnosed, her parents had immigrated to Canada from India. Harjeet credits them for quickly learning about the disease, even though they were still adapting to the challenges of living in a new country. Her father managed her diabetes in the early years, giving her insulin injections and checking her blood sugar. Harjeet currently uses an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor to help manage her diabetes. Now in better control of her diabetes, she’s interested in learning more about new technology, and that’s why she’s looking forward to attending the Vancouver Type 1 Diabetes Expo this fall with her family.

“The human body is complicated, and there is no one solution to what works best for everyone. This expo is about learning: to learn about diabetes management, research, and to learn from others attending,” says Harjeet. “This event is not only important for me, but for my family. I encourage others to come out as well, because you never know who you’ll meet to share your personal story with and possibly develop a lifelong friendship.”

The Vancouver Type 1 Diabetes Expo takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The Nest at UBC Campus (6133 University Boulevard). Lunch and light nutritional breaks will be provided. Early bird registration is $25 by Monday, July 31, 2017, and $35 after, so register today at diabetes.ca/expo.

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