Interview: Jade Byrne

Jade Byrne is a professional actor who has toured with Northern Stage Company, Company of Angels and Open Clasp Theatre Company. You’ll also know her from TV roles including those in Casualty, Inspector George Gently, The Dumping Ground and Mount Pleasant. She also has wonky-pancreas. Jade is currently starting a run at the Edinburgh Fringe… Read More »

Poll: what’s your favourite hypo cure?

Regular readers of your soaraway Shoot Up will know that I – Pippa the Polecat – put up a new poll asking for your views about different aspects of living with diabetes on a very regular, scheduled monthly basis. Anyone who says that Tim (sorry, Pippa!) forgets about the poll, can’t think of a new… Read More »

Revisiting: If Disney did diabetes

To understand why #languagematters when we #talkaboutdiabetes we only have to look at what diabetes would be like if it was managed by Disney, that all encompassing factory of magical happiness. If Disney did diabetes… My pump would wake me up in the morning with a cheery blast of Zip-a-de-doo-dah I wouldn’t be high, I’d be… Read More »

Revisiting: Difficult conversations

It’s not always easy to #talkaboutdiabetes. When you’re a pregnant diabetic trying to gather as much information as possible #languagematters and it can all feel like a bit of a challenge. (This harks back to Alison’s pregnancy in 2013, she isn’t pregnant again, the world isn’t ready for that!). Whatever medical condition I have I… Read More »

Revisiting: How is your diabetes?

It seems Diabetes Week 2018 has hit upon the soapbox I’ve been jumping up and down on for years: #languagematters when you #talkaboutdiabetes. And while ShootUp has plenty of serious posts on the topic, we believe in being helpful too. So, when Alison was asked for the hundredth time that unanswerable question of “How’s your diabetes?”, she pondered how best to… Read More »

My diabetes story in a single graph

Living in Scotland, like I have done for the last twenty years, has many downsides. The weather is consistently crap, the winters are dark and the accents are, sometimes, impenetrable. However, there are also many upsides. The landscape is wonderful, the people lovely and you get to develop a healthy chip on your shoulder about… Read More »

Insulin Square – Episode Four

The psychopaths that have followed your soaraway Shoot Up for the past nine years have always enjoyed the trials, tribulations and machinations of the varied characters within Shoot Up’s very own soap opera, Insulin Square, in which every character is diabetic. OPENING THEME TUNE NARRATOR Previously on Insulin Square … Episode One, Episode Two, Episode… Read More »