FIGHTING SPIRIT: Kim Brown and daughter Grace Ferguson.
FIGHTING SPIRIT: Kim Brown and daughter Grace Ferguson. Meghan Kidd

She’s our saving Grace

THREE-year-old Grace Ferguson's smile is infectious and, as she sits and plays doctor with her best friend Addy, she pretends to insert a plastic needle as they both giggle.

For Grace, needles are normal after she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at two-and-a-half years old in February.

Mum Kim Brown said in a matter of fours hours the family from Dingo were told of the diagnosis, after Grace had eaten lollies at her brother's christening and said she had a tummy ache.

"She was just unwell... drinking a lot, needing to pee and it continued until I took her to the Blackwater Pharmacy and they were amazing; they rang and booked me an appointment at the doctor," Kim said.

"Straight away they did a urine sample, then the next thing we were at the hospital and we had to take her to Rockhampton.

"Within four hours, we went from 'she might have food poisoning, to holy crap, she could have died'."

Grace, who wears a necklace shaped like a star to identify that she has diabetes, is a "little trooper", and continues to keep mum Kim, dad Kyle and 14-month-old brother Jared, on their toes.

"She's very active," Kim said.

In September, she had a pink pump fitted to inject insulin, and Kim said it had made life a lot easier.

She said the family was hoping to raise awareness about the disease, by hosting a family fun day in town on November 21.

The Dingo's Day for Diabetes will promote the cause, bring families together for some fun with markets, face painting, a raffle, live music and entertainment.

Held at the Dingo Race Club's ground from 1pm, the day already has more than 20 stalls lined up and Kim said all proceeds raised would be donated directly to Diabetes Queensland.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

It is an autoimmune condition which results in the destruction of the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. A total of 21,548 Queenslanders have Type 1 diabetes and must inject synthetic insulin multiple times a day.


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