Marathon Mum running in a battle against diabetes

A Glossop mum is running in the Virgin Money London Marathon for Diabetes UK in memory of her cousin who took his own life.

Nicole Dimmock, 33, whose cousin Mark passed away in December 2016, is taking on the gruelling 26-mile challenge on Sunday, April 22, to raise awareness of how diabetes affects emotional wellbeing.

Mark Carr was 28 when he sadly took his own life. Nicole hopes that talking openly about his story may encourage others to talk about the isolation of managing an invisible condition.

She said: “Mark was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 months old, so he lived with the condition for most of his life.

“He found it tough to cope. I don’t think we often realise the struggles that people with diabetes can face.”

Nicole explained: “Mark was funny, caring and loving. We were shocked by his death because we didn’t know how much he was struggling.

“We may know about the physical impact of diabetes, but the emotional impact is often not talked about.

“I hope that if I can raise awareness of this and the importance of psychological support for people with diabetes it will help other families avoid the tragedy that we have experienced.”

Nicole, who is a business analyst, will be supported on the day she tackles her first marathon by husband Jon, daughter Lulu, two in June, and step-daughter Ava, eight. She started doing short runs,  including park runs, in Manor Park, close to the family home, last summer.

Gradually building her distances, Nicole managed a 21K training run last week.

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. Type 1 diabetes is treated with daily insulin injections. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes, but with the right treatment, knowledge and support people with diabetes can live a long, full and healthy life.

Stephen Ryan, head of the North at Diabetes UK said: “We are incredibly grateful to Nicole for raising awareness of such a significant factor in managing diabetes.

“We know from recent research that three in five people living with diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems as a result of their condition.”

He added: “It is important that we recognise how detrimental living with diabetes can be to a person’s emotional wellbeing.

“We want to see a system where specialist support – from people who understand diabetes – is made available to those who need it.”

Diabetes UK’s Helpline offers specialist advice on all aspects of living with diabetes.

For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk/helpline or call 0345 123 2399.

To find out more about Nicole’s story and how to donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicole-dimmock1