Western Leader : November 16th 2010
5 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 15th Nov - Sun 21st Nov. All Stores Open 7 Days Stock up with these Great Savings for Fresh NZ Pork! Fresh Pork Shoulder & Leg Roasts Tray of 30 Farm Fresh Size 6 Eggs Mad Butcher Pre Cooked BBQ Sausages only4 $ .99 tray only3 $ .99 kilo Fresh Pork Loin Chops $ only8 .99 kilo only5 $ .99 kilo That's $5.30kg o our everyday low price! This Week Diabetes Awareness Week 16 -- 22 November www.diabetesauckland.org.nz IN BRIEF Spelling bee Champion spellers are poring over their dictionaries in preparation for the Auckland regional Vegemite Spelling Bee competition on Thursday. A group of 14 finalists will be selected. They will have the summer holidays to prepare for the final in Wellington in February. The national winner will represent New Zealand in Washington DC. Henderson Intermediate is one to watch, with one student, Anita Mari, scoring a perfect 100 percent in the initial rounds of the competition. Quiz night A group from St Michaels Church in Henderson is fundraising for a mission to Chennai, India in January. Their next fundraiser is a quiz night at the church on Friday from 7pm. The group of nine is aiming to raise $27,000 to cover their accommodation and airfares. They will be in Chennai for 10 days and will visit an orphanage, participate in food drives in slums and youth educational rallies, visit tsunami relief areas, a hospital and leper colonies. The group will be working with Dr Colleen Reddit, an Aucklander who has been living in India for decades. Call Kevin on 022-670-2414 for details. Living with diabetes 50 years on Living proof: More than 50 years after they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, west Aucklanders Gail Ellison, Winstone Johnstone and Paul Gravelle prove that living a long healthy life is possible with proper insulin management. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY When Gail Ellison was diag- nosed with type 1 diabetes as a child in 1957, her parents were told not to expect her to live beyond her 20s. Then they were told I'd live to 30, and then they stopped predicting,'' she says. Gail was also told it was too risky for her to have chil- dren so she adopted a son. Medical understanding of diabetes has come a long way since then. Now aged 61, Gail says she's been very lucky. I have renal problems and I had a bypass in my leg, but those are the only compli- cations I've had.'' The New Lynn resident attended Diabetes NZ Auck- land's silver medal luncheon in Mt Eden last Thursday, which recognises type 1 diabetics who've been on insulin therapy for 50 years. Gail runs the Avondale/ New Lynn diabetes support group, which meets on the first Monday of every month at the Avondale Community Centre. She took over the role from Winstone Johnstone of Titirangi, who has been on insulin for 76 years -- possibly the longest of any type 1 dia- betic in New Zealand. Gail says a common mis- conception about diabetes is that it's caused by being over- weight or having a poor diet. People think it's some- thing you've caused yourself, which isn't the case. With type 1 diabetes you have no choice. It's totally different to type 2.'' Gail calculates the carbohydrates she has eaten, enters the data into the matchbox-sized insulin pump attached to her belt, and the insulin is delivered via a tube and needle under the skin of her stomach. It gives me insulin every three minutes, which saves me having to inject all the time. Not that injecting ever bothered me. I don't think I would still be here if I didn't have the pump,'' she says. Diabetes Awareness Week begins today. Call Diabetes NZ for information 0508 DIABETES. There is an open day on November 20 at Diabetes NZ Auckland, 62-64 Valley Rd, Mt Eden. See www.diabetesauck land.org.nz for details.
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