Rachel’s story

Rachel’s story

“The doctor called me a hypochondriac parent, but I pushed for the tests anyway” Meet Rachel, mother of four and carer to her daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes.  Rachel’s story is a clear example of the importance in trusting your instincts! After dealing with the heartbreak of losing her youngest child ten months earlier, Rachel knew something was seriously wrong with her 3 year old child Hailey.  Even when the doctor referred to her as a “hypochondriac parent”, Rachel pushed for further tests which would reveal her daughter’s diagnosis. Within 24 hours, her daughter was being rushed to hospital by plane on the verge of slipping into a coma. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be a carer. I am a Mum with my main carer role with my 2nd eldest who is Type 1 Diabetic. She was diagnosed a month before she turned 4. I act as her advocate when people are surprised she eats cake, her nurse and action plan co-ordinator when she is unwell, I crunch her sugar levels regularly to find patterns that may or may not exist and I am the 1st go to person for her school or friends when she is not with me. She was diagnosed 10 months after we lost a son at birth to a fatal heart condition that was not detected until he was born. Our daughter had just turned 3 and the symptoms of her condition were there within a couple of months. Her diagnosis was not as quick as it probably could have been because our family was distracted by grief and just getting through each...