A TOUCHING film highlighting the plight of families affected by Type 1 diabetes is raising awareness of the "hidden condition" in children.
Stroud film makers teamed up with mum Jo Dury, whose daughter Emily was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 11 months old.
She and other mums of youngsters who deal with the effects of the condition every day were filmed explaining how it touches their lives.
"It is a genuinely heartfelt and emotional piece reflecting, I hope, the intricacies of living as Type 1 parents," said Jo, from Rodborough.
"Our children are our focus – ensuring their health and happiness, dealing with short term complications and being ever mindful of the long term complications, but more than anything ensuring our children get to be children."
Suscito Films boss Domonic White, from Stroud, teamed up with industry experts David Thomas, Martin McLaughlin, and Matt Bigwood to make the film based on the poem A Mother's Anthem by Linda Kaniasty for self-help group Children with Diabetes UK during Diabetes Awareness Week 2012 (June 10 to 16).
People with Type 1 Diabetes cannot produce insulin, a hormone that converts carbohydrates into fuel for the body to function. Emily wears an insulin pump.
Insulin pumps work by delivering a varied dose of fast-acting insulin continually throughout the day and night.
Because there are few visual signs of diabetes it is often known as the "hidden condition".
Every year, Jo helps put together a calendar of children with Type 1 Diabetes to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Duchess of Cornwall recently became the JDRF's president.
"This year I wanted to show how much hard work goes into looking after a child with special medical needs , lifelong and chronic conditions," said Jo.
To see the film, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFJ1_3qzZxQ.