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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Diabetes diagnosis for Cumbrian boy, 10, spurs parents into action

Young Lewis Fell’s battle with ill-health has spurred his parents into action.

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Lewis Fell

Lewis, 10, from Houghton, near Carlisle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year resulting in him spending time in hospital and enduring seven insulin injections a day.

Now mum and dad, Peter and Julie Fell, have decided to take part in the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle on September 7.

They are determined to raise money and awareness after their son was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2013.

Julie, 38, a teacher at Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle took him to the doctor because she was worried about his health.

She said: “I had noticed that he was losing weight quickly and that he was extremely thirsty, drinking lots of juice all the time. These symptoms are common to Type 1 diabetes so they said we had to go straight to the children’s ward at the Cumberland Infirmary. Lewis’ granddad also had Type 1 diabetes so it was already on our radar.

“Although I tried very hard to reassure him that it would be fine, Lewis was very scared and asked me if he was going to die. Just a few years earlier his grandfather had died in the same hospital.”

People with the condition have to manage their blood glucose levels through taking daily insulin doses. Symptoms also include being very tired and urinating frequently.

Julie added: “Lewis spent a week in hospital and the diabetes team drip fed us information, so it wasn’t too much in one go. Now, a year-and-a-half later, although Lewis has up to seven insulin injections a day, we are at ease with it all.

“He’s been on sleepovers, eaten what he likes and he’s even gone on a school residential for a week. I would like to say that every time Lewis is ill I don’t panic, but I am getting better. Diabetes won’t stop us.

“Neither my husband Peter or I have ever run before, but we felt we needed to do something to help Diabetes UK find a cure, so others don’t have to go through what we have. The charity has been extremely supportive. It gave us an injection bag for Lewis to take his insulin to school, and he also wears a Diabetes UK rubber bracelet to show people he has the condition,”

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