Type 1 diabetes is not always an invisible condition

Author: Sam Loxton's story | Posted: 10 August 2018

JDRF supporter Sam Loxton

Having type 1 diabetes can sometimes feel like wearing an invisible mask. But there will always be moments when you reveal you have the chronic condition.

Sam Loxton is an exhibitor at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair which this year is joining up with JDRF to raise vital funds supporting type 1 diabetes research. Here he talks about when he had no choice but to reveal he lives with the condition.

“In my 31 years with type 1 diabetes, the situation that stands out the most was when, having dinner in a restaurant with a client, I gave myself an injection once we had ordered. Unbeknown to me, another diner reported me as having taken drugs  and the police  arrived at my table.

Having never been shy about my type 1, I had a very frank and open conversation with the police officer, who promptly left.

My client, having no idea I was type 1, suggested we leave and try a different restaurant to continue our meeting. What followed was a most enjoyable meal at a different restaurant discussing what life with type 1 diabetes is like (including why I had to find somewhere else to eat pronto before my bolus took hold).

Travelling the world for work has bought many type 1-related conversations and I always try to educate and respond positively to questions, most usually regarding my pump.

I have no hesitation in telling people I have type 1 diabetes, although more often than not, it doesn’t arise in day to day conversations unless something has gone wrong, most often a crashing hypo for one reason or another.

The nature of type 1 diabetes

One morning walking to work with an over the shoulder bag, it somehow managed to knock against my pump delivering an almighty bolus which I didn’t notice until I arrived at the train station.

I quickly bought anything with sugar in before boarding the train, and then promptly informed a fellow passenger that if I passed out or looked unwell, would they be so kind as to call my wife and explain what had happened.  Fortunately, the sugar kicked in fairly quickly avoiding a need for any emergency phone calls on this occasion.

However such is the nature of type 1 diabetes that until the cure is found there are likely to be more incidents like this to come.  I am a passionate supporter of JDRF and am delighted that this year the LAPADA Art and Antique Fair is joining up with the type 1 diabetes charity to raise money that supports important research towards finding the cure.

JDRF Party at LAPADA – Unmask type 1 diabetes

JDRF is thrilled to be the charity partner of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair. The JDRF Party at LAPADA is taking place on Monday 17 September 2018 at Berkeley Square, London W1J.

The JDRF Party hopes to ‘unmask type 1 diabetes’ and raise awareness of this hidden condition. You can buy a ticket by visiting JDRF LAPADA Party