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Diabetic honoured for long and healthy life

Win McCarter is congratulated by scheme administrator Dr Alan Stocks, her daughter Susanna Isaiah (second left) and Debra Lostroh.
Win McCarter is congratulated by scheme administrator Dr Alan Stocks, her daughter Susanna Isaiah (second left) and Debra Lostroh. Contributed

GYMPIE resident Win McCarter was awarded a Kellion Victory Medal last week, to mark her personal triumph of living a long and healthy life with type 1 diabetes.

Kellion Victory Medals are issued by Diabetes Queensland to people who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 and 70 years or more. The medals mark the achievements of the recipient and their friends, families and carers since the diagnosis.

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and occurs when the pancreas cannot make insulin. It is unlike type 2 diabetes, which is known as a lifestyle condition, and can be prevented or delayed.

Australia is placed among the top 10 countries in relation to incidence rates of type 1 diabetes in children.

Win McCarter was awarded a 50 and 60-year Kellion medal for living with type 1 diabetes for more than 60 years.

Win was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 16 years old, after being admitted to hospital with a diabetic coma in February 1952.

The award was presented by the Kellion scheme administrator Dr Alan Stocks AM.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said she looked forward to honouring recipients every year.

"After living for 50 years with diabetes, the Kellion Victory Medal recipients remind us all that despite the constant struggle to manage this condition, the result can still be a long and productive life," Ms Trute said.

"It is a great joy for all of us at Diabetes Queensland to recognise and applaud our special Kellion Victory Award recipients each year. They are awe-inspiring and the presentations are an opportunity for us to celebrate their great achievements."

The Kellions are heroes in the diabetes community. Their battle to survive and live a full life inspires Diabetes Queensland to keep seeking improvements in the early detection, diagnosis and management of diabetes in the community.

Gympie Times

Topics:  award, diabetes, health, type 1 diabetes



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