My Nan’s Cat………

6 Feb

scared cat

Ok. We have all heard this at some point in our #WalkWithD when we discuss that we have Type 1 Diabetes with someone and then says………. “Oh! My Nan’s Cat had Diabetes. She had to inject it and everything………”

Note: This post is in no way meant to upset animal lovers in any way so please do not take offence. There is a very serious point to this somewhere in the post so please read on.


I have heard this several times in the last 20 years since my Diagnosis, and there are a lot of pet owners and animal lovers in the UK that have a Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish (I made that one up) that unfortunately have Type1 Diabetes.

This has me thinking (really never a good thing, and, quite painful).

In the UK we do not have to pay for our insulin, for which we are very lucky and I will be forever grateful. In fact paying for medicine or medical equipment is quite alien to us and if we have to for things like CGM or Flash Glucose Monitoring we occasionally get a bit pissed off annoyed about it. Unless it’s for our pets.  If our aforementioned Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish needed insulin, then most of us would willingly pay for this in order to keep the animal that we love alive, because of course, without insulin, that pet would die.

What’s the point to this Grumpy post?

The point is this. In other countries, children are dying because they have no insulin. It is not provided, they cannot afford it. Simple as that!

If I would fund the insulin to keep my pet alive, then I should donate to #SpareARose this Valentines to help keep a child alive.


The Spare a Rose Campaign is raising money to provide insulin to keep children with Type1 Diabetes in other countries alive. There is more information at

Please donate.

Live Long and Bolus



5 Responses to “My Nan’s Cat………”

  1. Tim February 6, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    A very good and important point!.

    There’s also the lovely Pendsy Trust ( whom I support. They concentrate on helping educate / get better jobs for / generally help T1’s in developing countries so they can afford their own insulin. They’re cool 🙂

  2. lwsweetpea88 February 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on sweetpea88blog.

  3. Scott K. Johnson February 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Thanks for spreading the #SpareARose word. And this perspective really sheds some light on it, I must say. Thank you!

  4. Karen February 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Love love love the wisdom of this post!!

  5. bennetdunlap February 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    This may be the story of my life: “This has me thinking (really never a good thing, and, quite painful).” Ba ha ha.

    But thinking about Spare A Rose is wonderful and sharing the message of Rose as one way to help is great. Possibly not even very grumpy but I do like the goldfish with type 1 bit as at least a little cranky.



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