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Napier woman defies medical odds
By CAROLYN VEEN
Diabetes milestone: Creative quilter Colleen Gubb, from Taradale, celebrates 50 years on insulin.
Insulin no handicap
Colleen Gubb is believed to be the
first Hawke s Bay person to have
survived 50 years on insulin.
The Napier woman was diag-
nosed with Type1 diabetes at a
time when the prognosis was, at
best, living another 40 years, says
Diabetes NZ Hawke s Bay presi-
dent Beth Boag.
Testing for blood glucose levels
was very imprecise back then as it
depended on urine testing, and
even as late as the mid-1970s
most of those diagnosed with
Type1 were still only expected to
live maybe to their 60s, Ms Boag
Diabetes New Zealand views
these survivors as very special,
because there are so few who live
long and healthy lives. With the
huge improvements in equipment
and insulin more will survive well,
but the national society awards
special Charles Burns Certificates
to mark the achievement.
Colleen will receive one of only
two certificates awarded over the
whole of New Zealand so we
regard her as very special , Ms
Colleen started taking insulin
in 1961 at the age of six, and her
parents made the wise decision of
not telling her about the grim
prognosis until she was an adult.
I grew up believing my life would
be just like anybody else s and
that I could do anything I wanted.
If anything, I felt quite special as
a child, says the 55-year-old.
Obviously I wasn t able to eat
the cakes and lollies at birthday
parties, but I don t remember that
being a problem for me. I suppose
I was a positive kid. Mum would
always pack a jar of sliced fruit for
me to take along, because ice
cream and jelly were not allowed
At the age of eight, Colleen
learned how to inject herself daily;
a vital step if she wanted to stay
overnight at her friend s house.
Back then everything was
quite different. The syringes were
glass and these needed to be
sterilised every few days, and the
needles had to be sharpened. My
dad used to sharpen mine every
I always remember how
excited I was when the Diabetes
Society said they d give me a
medal if I reached the age of 50.
The thought of getting that medal
was always on my mind, but I
won t be getting one, because
these days it s not uncommon for
diabetics to live long and healthy
lives. But the Charles Burns Cer-
tificate will be nice.
In 1985, Colleen was one of the
first to buy an insulin pump,
which is worn all the time.
These have improved over the
years and although they re still
costly and quite technical, once
you re familiar with how it works
it makes life so easy. The pump is
programmed for set basal rates
over different periods of time dur-
ing 24 hours, so it gives you the
freedom to do things you want to
do. I can change the basal rate
every hour if want to, just by pro-
gramming it in. For instance,
when I know I m going to do an
hour of physical exercise, then I
work out how much insulin I will
need for that. It can be a bit like
walking on a tightrope all the
time, keeping the balance, but you
soon get used to it. For instance, I
love to decorate cakes, but I m not
allowed to eat them!"
After recovering from a triple
by-pass heart operation a few
years ago, Colleen makes sure she
and her wonderful husband Phil
do something that s out of her
comfort zone at least once a year.
This year we did the Otago
Rail Trail, and since then we ve
been doing a lot of cycling around
the Bay s wonderful cycleways --
life is great!"
Colleen, who is an accomplished
quilter, has just been chosen as a
pin-up girl for this year s Diabetes
Awareness Week, that kicks off in
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