Hear from Rachel, the winner of the Lifecard Personal Health Record App competition.
Rachel has been a member of Diabetes Victoria since 2007.
I’m a registered mental health nurse of more than 20 years, married and have my 10th wedding anniversary this year. I love to travel, grow my own veggies, do some craft work and I have recently taken up weight training.
I have had diabetes for 15 years, originally being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and shortly later type 1. I have been using a Medtronic insulin pump for the last 10 years, which I found much more convenient for my lifestyle than MDIs (multiple daily injections), and currently using a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) that I find great and really appreciate.
At times I find my diabetes a daily struggle, other times it is smooth sailing. A few years ago, I was really struggling, so I got a scholarship and enrolled in the Diabetes Educator course, which I completed in 2016. This really helped me with my diabetes and enabled me to help others – especially being a mental health nurse.
I now have a great team supporting me – this has made a difference in managing my diabetes.
I have been using the Lifecard app for over a month now and find it to be fantastic. I can record all my measurements, medications and reminders – so when I go to the doctor it was all on my phone and he was impressed. It’s very easy to use as well. I was totally surprised that I actually won the competition, so thank you very much.
The best bit of advice I have been given about diabetes is when I was really having a hard time with my diabetes a diabetes educator said to me, “don’t beat yourself up about it Rachel, you are doing the best you can do – let’s start again from the beginning and work through it all.” She re-educated and supported me. It was one of the turning points for me.
Want to know more about utilizing the Lifecard app for ongoing medical conditions such as diabetes? Watch our video here!