About Shoot Up

Hello, good evening and welcome to your soaraway Shoot Up or Put Up – a British blog all about the wonderful world of diabetes. Unlike some blogs your soaraway Shoot Up is written by a veritable smorgasbord of writers, occasional contributors and guest scribblers. For your fun and enjoyment, the current contributors are listed below in all their glory:

Tim Brown

Tim on holiday

Tim rowing (very, very badly) on the River Avon

I’m Tim – you may remember me from cult web-classic www.tiddles.co.uk (according to BBC News 24 the site was “worth going to for the design alone”) but chances are that, unless you have an unhealthy fanaticism for poorly drawn cats, you don’t.

So I’ll start from scratch, I’m Tim, I’m lucky enough to have Type One diabetes and I started this blog back in the halcyon year of 2009 to allow a grateful world to share in a few thoughts about this affliction. Actually, is affliction the right word? Probably not. Right royal pain in the bum might be better.

Anyway, I was diagnosed with Type One when I was 28 (I was quite late to the party, sorry). For the diabetes geeks, I’m use a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with humalog and currently use Bayer’s Contour Next Link blood glucose meter.

I live with my wife in sunny Edinburgh, United Kingdom. We don’t have a cat.

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Alison Finney

"Hmn, have I got enough bottles of insulin to eat the whole thing?"

“Hmn, have I got enough bottles of insulin to eat the whole thing?”

Hello I’m Alison, someone who bumped into Tim on the Internet and ended up helping him out because he’s too lazy to write this blog all by himself. [So true – Tim]

I was diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of 4 so I’ve been at this a while now. I use humalog in a Medtronic Veo pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes 5 seconds or less.

I love travelling and am sadly quite proud to have injected on the Great Wall of China, in the Costa Rican rainforest and whilst watching elephants in South Africa.

I’m proud to have survived a diabetic pregnancy and live with my husband and daughter near sunny Liverpool, United Kingdom. We don’t have a cat either.

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If you were too lazy to read all that, then have a watch of our YouTube introduction here:


Guest writers

As well as us regulars, we frequently feature guest writers including the wonderful people listed below. If you have something you would like to publish on the site, then do feel free to get in touch with Tim (tim@shootuporputup.co.uk) to have a chat about it.

Those contributors in full (and in no particular order):

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