Fifty-year journey earns recognition

Forrest Primary School principal Darryl Harty and Grade Five student Will Hunt are both type-one diabetics.

Living with type one diabetes for 50 years has come with its challenges, but Forrest Primary School principal Darryl Harty wants to send a positive message to people living with the condition.

Mr Harty will earn recognition tomorrow for living with the chronic condition, when Diabetes Australia presents him with a Kellion Victory Medal, in acknowledgement of living with diabetes for five decades.

Doctors diagnosed Mr Harty, 61, with type one diabetes at age 11, after he noticed a drop in his energy.

“I went into hospital for 27 days. It was a big shock. The reason for the 27 days was to try and get me able to administer the injections and also teach Mum and Dad how to,” he said.

Mr Harty said the diagnosis was a huge upheaval for his family as he learnt to manage and live with the condition; acknowledging the support of his parents Frank and Shirley, older sisters and wife Leanne.

“I’m indebted to my family really, they made life a little bit easier, but it was so much harder back then to just manage and you were second-guessing all the time, you just didn’t know,” he said.

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