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My twin teenage sons have diabetes – it has been tough on them, but they lead full lives

Cork mum Louise Sheehan tells us what life has been like since her son Luke — then three years later his twin Michael — were diagnosed with diabetes, and how they have learned to face their illness as a family

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Louise Sheehan with her sons Michael (right) and Luke, who are diabetic. Photo: Colm Lougheed.

Louise Sheehan with her sons Michael (right) and Luke, who are diabetic. Photo: Colm Lougheed.

The lads on their bikes

The lads on their bikes

Cork twins Luke, left, and Michael Mullins

Cork twins Luke, left, and Michael Mullins

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Louise Sheehan with her sons Michael (right) and Luke, who are diabetic. Photo: Colm Lougheed.

Luke Mullins was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2014 when he was seven. “It actually all happened very quickly in our case,” his mother Louise Sheehan recalls. “He was peeing more than usual, he was very thirsty and he lost weight very quickly. I made an appointment with the GP and the following morning he was just listless.”

So noticeably did Luke’s symptoms present that his teacher had sent home a note that day saying he was not his usual cheerful self. “He didn’t have a temperature, or any of the normal things that a parent would be aware of. Diabetes wasn’t on my radar; it’s not something I knew anything about,” Louise adds.


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