Author Archives: Tim

About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

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 »

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 »

The Curse of Banting

To all of us with diabetes, Frederick Banting is a scientific giant to whom we owe a great deal. As we all know Banting won the 1923 Nobel Prize for Medicine, alongside JJR Macleod, for the isolation of insulin. Sadly Banting was killed in a plane crash in 1941, after both the engines of the… Read More »

Pendsey Trust produce new video

Your soaraway Shoot Up’s very favourite charity – The Pendsey Trust – have released a short video detailing their work supporting diabetics in rural India. As well as dealing in the “simple” stuff, like the supply of insulin and testing strips, they are also very much involved in long-term projects, education and practical support so… Read More »

Living with the Libre – interlude

I’m just typing up my second article about my experiences with the Libre. As always, I got slightly distracted by linguistics. Before I heard it spoken aloud by my consultant, I thought the Libre was pronounced “Leeb-ruh” but apparently, it’s pronounced the “Leeb-ray”. Expert polyglots will correct me, but if it has an upward inflection,… Read More »