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A dog’s life
Happy camper returns
home in high spirits
LAETITIA Pugh, aged 11 of Wonthaggi, never gets a day
off from her type 1 diabetes.
Checking her blood glucose levels at least five times a day
as well as four daily injections, she still finds time to play
basketball, athletics and hang out with her friends.
But Laetitia has recently returned in high spirits from
Diabetes Victoria’s fun-filled diabetes camp at the YMCA
Anglesea where diabetes is the norm and not a point of dif-
“Around 2650 Victorian school aged children live with
type 1 diabetes, one of the most common chronic childhood
conditions and this number is steadily growing for yet un-
known reasons,” says Diabetes Victoria CEO Craig Bennett.
“There is no cure for type 1 diabetes, and it cannot be
prevented – unlike type 2 diabetes which is often linked to
Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, although most cases
develop amongst children, teenagers and young adults.
Laetitia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April 2014.
“We were very overwhelmed and a little bit relieved to
know why she was so unwell”, says her mum Hayley Pugh.
“Our everyday life changed in a few ways due to constant
blood glucose level readings, insulin doses, regular meal
times and carb counting. But most of all there is never a
day off for people living with type 1.”
Although the prevalence of type 1 diabetes is growing
worldwide, it is still uncommon for children in Victoria to
know other children with diabetes.
That’s where Diabetes Victoria can help with their camps
program. Laetitia spent five days with 50 peers at YMCA
Anglesea recently (January 8-12).
She enjoyed all the experiences on offer as well as being
part of a group where living with type 1 diabetes was ‘noth-
ing special’, giving her a sense of normality when dealing
with the chronic condition.
“Our biggest ask for Laetitia on camp was to have fun and
enjoy all of the experiences available while meeting others
like her with diabetes.” Hayley also wanted Laetitia to “gain
confidence and independence while being well out of her
At camp, the children are fully supervised by a team of
diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and an onsite doctor. A
bundle of activities keeps the young people occupied from
surfing lessons, canoeing, fishing, indoor climbing, visiting
the Geelong Adventure Park, playing on a giant swing as
well as beach games and a Halloween themed disco.
Diabetes Victoria organises six diabetes camps every year
in partnership with the Royal Children’s and Monash Chil-
dren’s Hospitals. Available funds do not meet the demand.
Last year, around 200 children with type 1 diabetes could
not be placed and missed out. You can help send a child to
camp now by making a tax-deductible donation at: diabe-
We support, empower and campaign for all Victorians af-
fected by diabetes.
Laetitia Pugh, 11, from Wonthaggi has just returned
from a camp put on by Diabetes Victoria where dia-
betes was the norm rather than the exception.
Wes Dowel and Opie the Border Collie X Kelpie,
What made you
We both wanted a Border Collie
and he came up on Facebook and he
was free. It was a friend who had a
litter of pups. They were an acciden-
What are Opie’s
What are his good points? (Laughs)
He’s very good at sitting at the road
when we go for walks. He’s very intel-
ligent. He’s a quick learner. He’s only
9 months old and he’s great to play
with and great to go on a run with.
He doesn’t stop and smell every-
thing. He just keeps running. He will
go all day. He’s very affectionate.
Does he have
any bad points?
He’s a very naughty boy. He bites
our other dog and he tries to round
runs in circles around us and barks.
He’s like a baby. He wakes us up at
2am barking. He barks at flies too.
He chases them.
He has no sense of direction once
he gets in the water. He goes right out
and won’t come back. He tries to bite
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