Written by Samantha Lade, DonateToday
Published: Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Meet Eve Comiskey, the Prestwich mum swimming the entire length of the English Channel for her 2-year-old son and Diabetes UK

Meet the Prestwich mum swimming the equivalent of the entire English Channel for her 2-year-old son and Diabetes UK

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L-R: Eve Comiskey, newborn baby Leo, Kieran, and 2-year-old Rory 

Eve and Kieran had no idea what was wrong with their two-year-old son Rory when he suddenly fell ill – until a speedy and potentially life-saving diagnosis was made by his GP. Now, Eve is now taking on an enormous challenge to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes.

Something's Not Right

For any new mother, it’s a panic when their young child falls ill. 

So, when 2-year-old Rory developed an ear infection with strange side effects last summer, mum Eve Comiskey and her husband Kieran began to worry – just as any parents would. 

Rory was constantly thirsty and filling his nappies much more than usual which concerned Eve, a business development manager from Prestwich, Manchester. 

She explains: ‘Rory had an ear infection, so at first we thought it was all related to this, but after it had cleared and the symptoms continued we took him to our GP.’ 

But thankfully, Rory’s GP was about to make a speedy, and potentially life-saving diagnosis, almost immediately.

Each day, around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes – that's one person every two minutes.

- Diabetes UK

Diagnosing Diabetes

Thinking back to last August, Eve says: ‘They picked up on the symptoms straight away and gave Rory a finger-prick test to measure his blood glucose levels – which were dangerously high.’

A swift diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was made. 

A condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body is not able to use it properly, if left undiagnosed, Type 1 diabetes can result in serious, even life-threatening complications, like Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

Then, if badly managed, it can even lead to complications like heart disease, blindness and amputations.

‘Before Rory was diagnosed we knew nothing about diabetes,’ admits Eve. 'We were so grateful that he was diagnosed quickly.'

It was only subsequent to his diagnosis that Eve learned the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: increased thirst, tiredness, weight loss, and going to the toilet more frequently. She also became aware the condition has no known cure.

Eve can’t thank the professionals who diagnosed her son enough.

So, having given birth to her second son Leo just 2 weeks ago, she’s decided to take on a huge challenge to give back and raise awareness of the condition.

Going to Great Lengths

Eve and her close friend Maxine are both taking part in Swim22, a challenge set by Diabetes UK in which those taking part swim a massive 22 miles - the equivalent of crossing the English Channel - in order to fundraise.

The challenge takes place over 12 weeks, between 22nd February and the 22nd May, and can be completed in increments over this time.

‘As a busy mum, it’s often difficult to find any spare time, but Swim 22 seemed the perfect way to raise awareness of diabetes,’ explains Eve.

‘I’ve been swimming since I was little, it’s always been a hobby of mine. It’s still going to be a challenge – having just given birth I haven’t found time to train – but the support of family and friends will definitely make it easier.’

Changing Lives

Any money raised goes towards the charity’s valuable research towards developing new treatments and technologies which may contribute to a cure.

Fundraising will also contribute to dispersing crucial information, care and support that Diabetes UK provide to the 4.5 million in need.

Vickie Butcher, Diabetes UK North West regional fundraiser, said: ‘We're delighted Eve and Maxine are making a splash for Diabetes UK. The lengths they are going to will bring us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

'Swim22 is perfect if you want to challenge yourself to get fitter at your own pace and in your own time. You can swim in your local pool alone or, better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. You can even split the 22 miles!'

 To find out more or even sign up for the challenge yourself, please click here.