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Jenna from the Block: "I would trade everything for a cure for Josh."

“I would trade everything we had and everything we won to take diabetes away from Josh.”

Jenna Whitehead, former competitor on The Block, has provided an emotional insight into her private life, after her husband Josh was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

After appearing on The Block for six weeks, Josh was experiencing extreme weight loss, ongoing thirst and chronic fatigue. Initially, the couple attributed the symptoms to the stress caused by the show, Josh saying that it wasn’t anything “a good week of sleep couldn’t fix.”

After five weeks of waiting for the symptoms to subside, Jenna forced Josh to go to the doctor. He was subsequently, rushed to hospital with a blood sugar level at 35, when it should have been between 4-6.

Within 5 minutes in ER, Josh was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Josh the day before he was diagnosed.

On her blog, Jenna explains that Josh’s pancreas no longer can, and never will produce insulin, so he now needs to inject it 5-6 times a day.

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Josh went back to work on renovating the day after being diagnosed, despite doctor’s advising him not to.

Jenna says that she “would trade everything we had and everything we won to take diabetes away from Josh.”

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“Josh really wanted to prove (especially to the kids) that diabetes doesn’t hold you back and as corny as it sounds…anything is possible!

“With more awareness about his health than ever before and our relationship growing stronger than ever, we were ready to get back to ‘real life’ and finish this darn house once and for all!”

If you would like to learn more about diabetes, check out the following pages:

Diabetes Australia

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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