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.

Cycling and diabetes – “Bandersnatch” edition

Following in the wake Black Mirror’s multiple-choice “Bandersnatch” epsisode this article, while ostensibly about cycling and diabetes, allows you to “pick” which of the article threads you would like to follow. Some people like bikes, some people like diabetes, some people like both; the choice and your destiny is in your hands! Let’s start with… Read More »

Living with the Libre – 10 months on

Back in February I became at least 10% more cyborg with the addition of a spanky, new Libre to my arm. After two weeks of using it, I wrote up my thoughts divided into the good stuff and the bad stuff. It’s now been ten months (give or take a week or so either way)… Read More »

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 »