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Meet eight-year-old Emily. She lives in Northam, has Type 1 Diabetes and stars in one of the videos for a new Telethon Kids Institute digital advertising campaign.
Mother Kathleen Noble said the initial diagnosis was the hardest time for the family.
“Your heart almost breaks as you wish you had it, not them,” she said. “We didn’t sleep for two weeks when Emily was first diagnosed.”
Kathleen said it was important to push past the fear and look at the positive side.
“Emily’s taken it on board like it’s just a part of her life,” she said. “She’s the most courageous, strongest person I’ve ever met.
“Every day there’s new research and the more research that’s happening, the better Type 1 Diabetes is, the easier it is.”
Emily is just one of more than 1100 children and adolescents living with Type 1 Diabetes in WA.
Watch Emily’s story here.
First published Wednesday 20 June 2018.