Hi, my name is Ryan. This is Type Strong.
It’s January 2019, I’m at my local gym and I jump on the scales for my regular check in. I look down expecting 83kg to appear… nope, 76kg.
I didn’t think too much of it to begin with and practically tried to eat my way back to normal weight. A few months passed by and my weight dropped down to 72kg. At this point I felt weak and very, very thirsty… like 600mL of water every hour thirsty! Eventually I decided to stop being stubborn and I went to see a doctor. My BGL was 44.8 mmol/L and my ketones were 3.8 mmol/L – I didn’t know what ‘normal’ levels were but the look on my doctor’s face said it all!
Some time has passed since I was first diagnosed, and I have come to realise that my story is not unique - there are millions of Type 1’s who have lived through a very similar experience. I have since learned that diabetes is relentless and plain hard work, but it doesn't mean that we have to miss out on the things that we love doing.
I first began designing CGM patches for the Freestyle Libre and Medtronic Guardian sensors in April/May of 2020. Being an engineer, I knew that the design had to satisfy some key criteria in order to be a great product. These included: small in size; easy to apply; kind on sensitive skin; non-stick area over the sensor in case you want to change it; and of course, long lasting despite sweating and swimming in the ocean. After a lot of testing and design tweaks - the final product definitely ticks all of these boxes.
Now creating great products is one thing, but Type Strong is much more than that. Type Strong is here to support the Type 1 community and do what we can to create a better future for people with Type 1. One of the ways we do this (with your help) is by donating $1 from every online sale to either of our charity partners - the DANII Foundation and the Type 1 Foundation.
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