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Brothers' blog dedicated to young superheroes who fight diabetes

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: July 07, 2012

ONLINE ADVENTURES: Brothers Taylor, seven, and Staunton Clarke, nine, of Haydon, have written a blog about diabetes

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Seven-year-old diabetes sufferer Taylor Clarke has turned blogger to give his own take on what it is like to battle the illness.

Taylor and his nine-year-old brother Staunton have combined forces with a little help from mum Emma to write the adventures of Supersonic Goobs and Beastly Bean.

Taylor was four when he was diagnosed with type one diabetes.

The blog is dedicated to "all those super-heroes battling Dr Diabetes every day" and is under the title Holy Hypos Batman, it's Diabetes Week.

Since being written to mark National Diabetes Awareness Week it has attracted lots of attention.

The story begins in March 2009 when Taylor, who lives in Haydon, was first diagnosed and mirrors his own thoughts and feelings as he realises what it means to have diabetes.

The blog features Dr Destructive Diabetes, who lives in the depth of Pancreasville with his deadly weapon Diabetic Ketoacidosis, which he launches at superhero Supersonic Goobs.

Helping him to recover his strength and continue the fight against the baddie comes Supersonic Goobs' arch enemy Beastly Bean who offers him the Peanut of Peace.

Mrs Clarke said the family had been surprised at the interest shown in the blog which was written around the kitchen table.

She explained it followed on from a topic about story writing which Taylor had been following at St Nicholas School, Radstock.

She said: "The boys came up with all the ideas for the blog and the names of the heroes. They are very close as brothers and Staunton is very much involved in Taylor's care.

"The boys have been amazed by the interest and the comments on the blog. There was even a comment from Australia and the boys are surprised that anyone other than the immediate family has read it."

The Clarkes are hoping that with all the attention the blog is getting it will also remind people to watch out for the early symptoms of type one diabetes which include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss and extreme tiredness.

About 2,000 children are diagnosed with the illness every year and while there is no cure early diagnosis is important.

The family started blogging earlier this year as a way of recording their experiences when Taylor received his insulin pump for the first time.

Mrs Clarke said: "The earliest blogs are quite raw and emotional about Taylor getting the pump and the freedom it has brought him."

The pump is known to the family as Potter Pump.

Mrs Clarke said: "Staunton has been involved from the beginning.

"While it is very hard for the child himself it is also very hard for the siblings to deal with. Sometimes they don't understand why the attention is focussed on one child and it can be quite tricky because there is so much to learn."

Read Taylor and Staunton's story at 4fishes.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/the-adventures-of-dun-dun-dahhhhhhh.

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