THROUGHOUT her life Emma Bailey has had to fight to stay healthy.
The 10-year-old lives with having to take a cocktail of medication to keep her Type 1 diabetes under control.
Now Emma, from Leigh Park, is taking her fight for more funding for research into the disease all the way to the House of Commons.
The Bosmere School pupil has a date for a meeting with MPs to urge them to put cash into finding a cure for the illness, which affects 400,000 people in the UK.
She will be speaking on behalf of the charity JDRF.
Havant MP David Willetts has been invited to the meeting and Emma hopes to impress upon him the urgency of her request.
She said: ‘I feel okay about it at the moment, I’m not too nervous. I’m not sure if the MPs we’ve invited will turn up to hear what I’ve got to say but I hope they do.
‘Last time I went to parliament Mr Willetts only spoke to my mum so I’m going to put him on the spot this time and say “we want more funding”.
‘I would like to get more finding to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.’
The strain of the illness Emma has can be deadly.
That is why she and mum Helen, 54, are so careful to weigh and measure every single thing Emma eats and drinks to make sure that her insulin levels are safe.
And Emma, of Linkenholt Way, has some words of advice for other children recently diagnosed with the illness.
She said: ‘I would tell them to be brave, you can keep it under control if you try hard.’
The number of people diagnosed with Type 1 is growing rapidly – particularly in the under-fives.
Karen Addington, chief executive of JDRF, said: ‘Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back in life. But it is a very challenging condition to live with.
‘The government must respond to increasing rates of Type 1 diabetes in the UK by investing more in research to treat, prevent and cure the condition.
‘That’s why we’re taking our message to Westminster in March.’