Introducing the Reiche family

Rachel, Matthew and Emily Reiche are taking part in the ENDIA study in Adelaide, SA. We spoke to Rachel about type 1 diabetes and her thoughts on the ENDIA study so far.


1. Tell us about your family.

My name is Rachel, my husband is Matthew and our daughter is Emily. Emily was born on 04/08/2015 and is nearly one. She loves a chat and will smile at anyone. Her favourite things are swimming and watching the Wiggles in her jumper.


2. What is your connection to type 1 diabetes?

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five. In October this year, I will have had type 1 for 21 years. I was actually misdiagnosed with the flu three times before I was finally diagnosed. I lost a lot of weight, was always thirsty, and even started hallucinating.

Living with type 1 diabetes has not stopped me from doing anything, but it does mean having to plan and think ahead a lot more – it can be relentless. But most friends and family are willing to learn about the condition and how it affects me when my sugars are high and low.


3. What do you wish people knew about type 1 diabetes?

The main thing I wish people knew is that type 1 and type 2 are completely different. And no, I can’t cure it – no one can.”


4. Why did you get involved in the ENDIA study?

The reason I got involved in ENDIA is easy: I can’t stand around saying I wish there was a cure or improved treatment unless I’m willing to help.


5. How has your experience been so far?

My experience through the study has been great. Meredith, the Research Nurse I see at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is lovely and supportive.