I’m Catherine: T1D, farmer's wife, journalist and mother to two amazing children. I’m originally from London, but living in Ireland for more than 20 years.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy. I was told it would go away - it didn’t! On the plus side, with a new baby to look after I didn’t have time to dwell on my T1D diagnosis, I just had to get on with it. Getting a Dexcom in 2015 was life changing but I was adamant I didn't want an insulin pump. I thought it would make me feel like there was something wrong with me - I was wrong. I've had a Medtronic 640g for the last two years and it's made life even easier (and prettier in its Pumpskynz cover)!
From the outset, I’ve tried to face diabetes head-on and stay positive, but of course that’s easier said than done. Diabetes management isn’t straightforward and the curved balls we get thrown can make even the strictest managed days difficult.
Since I was diagnosed, I’ve always looked for ways to make living with diabetes a bit easier and a bit brighter.
My lightbulb moment came last year while trading in my iPhone and spending at least half an hour deciding on which case to buy. That got me thinking about the lengths we go to protect and customise our phones, yet that same choice isn’t there for our other essential devices like insulin pumps (which are infinitely more valuable than our phones too!).
I am passionate that people with diabetes should be proud of the warriors that we are. I am proud of my insulin pump and love when people ask me about it because it allows me to open up the conversation about T1D and what living with it is really like.
Since diabetes became part of my life, I have communicated with so many people from so many different backgrounds and walks of life, all joined by one thing in common. I have been inspired to create Pumpskynz to help people express their personality and show off their pumps and CGMs.
It is important to me that Pumpskynz don’t just look great, but also make every day with diabetes easier. I love how our Gloskynz make finding your Libre reader in the middle of the night less difficult, or how our Glitterskynz save your 670G from a dreaded crack. But what I love the most is how Pumpskynz are making a difference to dealing with diabetes.
Ultimately, Pumpskynz are here for you. It’s so important that we are making what you want. If you love what you see, then share your #mypumpskynz pictures with us on Facebook and instagram @pumpskynz And if you don’t see what you want, let Pumpskynz know and we’ll do our best to make it. Lots of love Catherine.
At Pumpskyz we are passionate about making life with diabetes a bit easier and a bit brighter. We want our covers to make a difference to the people who wear them, but we want to go further than that. We want to help make a difference to the wider diabetic community and that’s why 50 cents from each cover sold will go to charities close to our heart.
Our mission is to bring a smile to people's faces and that’s not always easy when you’re living with a chronic illness. Since I was diagnosed, I have been fortunate to have found incredible support from a number of different diabetes-related charities in Ireland and across the world and now it’s time to give something back.
Insulin is a requirement of life, but for many people it’s not as simple as having a prescription filled every month. That’s why we want to support charities that advocate for affordable insulin and who bring supplies to people in areas of crisis or deprivation.
We’ve reached out to a number of different charities and will be confirming the beneficiaries in the near future.
WHAT ARE PUMPSKYNZ?Pumpskynz silicone gel covers for insulin pumps and glucose monitoring systems are all about adding fashion to function.
Bored of black?
Pumpskynz are designed to add a bit of colour to help you personalise your diabetes equipment. The durable eco-friendly covers come in a range of colours, even glitter and glow-in-the-dark.
Designed by someone with T1D for people with T1D. The covers don’t just look great they also help to protect your device against drops, bumps, cracks and scratches.
What are Pumpskynz Gloskynz?
Our Gloskynz are lots of fun and look pretty cool too. When the lights are on they offer the same layer of protection to your device as our other covers. But, when the lights go out they look even better. For Libre users, they’re a big help in making your reader easier to find for a middle of the night blood sugar check.
*In order for your Pumpskynz Gloskynz to glow, you need to expose it to a light source for at least 20 seconds. The more light it gets, the longer it will glow.
- Pumpskynz help you accessorise and customise your insulin pump or glucose monitoring system.
- Provides added protection from bumps and drops.
- High quality silicone for added grip.
- Easily put on and easy to take off.
- Non-toxic and eco-friendly, the anti-bacterial silicone, can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
- No more rummaging through your bag to find your Libre reader, our bright colours will help it stand out.
Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pump Covers
Pumpskynz are compatible with 630G, 640G and 670G pumps.
- Easy to put on and take off
- Moulded to fit perfectly around your device
- Extra protection against cracks, bumps and falls.
- Silver Glitter
- Violet Glitter
Freestyle Libre Pumpskynz
Are compatible with Libre and Libre 2 Libre 14 Day and Freestyle Insulinx devices.
- Snug fitting cover makes your Libre reader stand out and offers an added layer of protection from drops and bumps.
- Made from high quality silicone the cover gives you a better grip on the notoriously slippery Libre reader.
- The design ensures for access to the USB port and test strip slot without having to remove the cover.
- Silver Glitter
- Violet Glitter