Explaining a life with diabetes

Sometimes we cover a story that just warms the heart. In a world of moaning and back-biting, it’s great to meet someone who might have something to moan about – but doesn’t.

Ainsley Ratliff has a beautiful, wise smile. She understands the way the human body works like an expert.

That’s because at the age of two, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes where the pancreas doesn’t create the amount of insulin the body needs.

The symptoms were an intense thirst so her parents to sought medical advice – and learnt their daughter had Type 1 diabetes. If left untreated, it results in extreme thirst, constant hunger, sudden weight loss, nausea and extreme tiredness. 

Now, nine years later, Ainsley said she has to continually monitor her blood. She wears a pump attached to her body with which can increase the level of insulin.

Her mother, Audrey Ratliff, said: “It’s a roller coaster of sugar levels. It’s about managing it and juggling it”.

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