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‘I thought I was tired due to low iron – it was a shock to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in my 40s’

Making the most of available supports and learning more about food by trial and error has helped Chamber Choir Ireland CEO Majella Hollywood thrive despite the blow of developing diabetes as an adult

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Majella Hollywood doesn’t let diabetes interfere with her life. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Majella Hollywood doesn’t let diabetes interfere with her life. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Majella Hollywood was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2017. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Majella Hollywood was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2017. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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Majella Hollywood doesn’t let diabetes interfere with her life. Photo: Gerry Mooney

With the busy pace of modern life, feeling exhausted seems to be an affliction which affects us all at some point or other. So, when Majella Hollywood began to feel more tired than usual, coupled with getting up to the bathroom more frequently at night and feeling thirstier than she would normally, she put it down to working too much and having just turned 40.

But after visiting her GP, she was shocked to discover that she had Type 1 diabetes, a condition which was historically named ‘juvenile onset diabetes’ and is one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses in childhood and adolescence. It is now known it can develop at any age, with half of the newly diagnosed cases occurring in adults, like Majella.


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