Zoe Mullins, 7, has battled type one diabetes since she was three.By Chloe Warburton
Zoe Mullins is hoping a cure for diabetes will be found one day.
‘‘I’ll just be Zoe then, not Zoe with diabetes,’’ she tells her mum Jacki.
The Grahamvale Primary School student, 7, was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was three.
It was a long road to the diagnosis and she was malnourished, lethargic and her hair had fallen out before a doctor tested for diabetes.
Blood sugar tests are part of her daily life and she also injects herself with insulin.
‘‘She can do it all herself. It’s been 3 years since she was diagnosed, so she’s a bit experienced,’’ Mrs Mullins said.
‘‘I don’t think she remembers what life was like before she was diagnosed. It was heartbreaking and horrific to find out she had diabetes. She was misdiagnosed initially, so it was terrifying to see her go downhill.
‘‘As much as everyday life goes on, you’re always tired and always scared. It brings you closer as a family.’’
The Mullins family has another reason to be proud of their headstrong little girl — she raised $3340 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 20.
The Mullins family — parents Jacki and Paul, brother Jacob and sisters Brittany and Kristy — shared Zoe’s story with family and friends and through Facebook and Mrs Mullins said the cause just snowballed from there.
Mrs Mullins’ co-workers at Flanagan and Reed Real Estate and Mr Mullins’ co-workers at ANZ were also happy to donate.
Mrs Mullins said she was proud of Zoe and the family was grateful for the support.
‘‘We couldn’t be prouder, she’s always dealt with it and she’s always been fair and open about it,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s finally more awareness about diabetes, especially locally. As a parent, I’m overwhelmed by the support of friends and family and our work colleagues. We can’t thank everyone enough.’’
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