To help raise awareness around hydrocortisone emergency injection kits, we ask you to #ShareYourKit. At the ADSHG we like to feature members of our amazing community, as they show us how they store and carry their kit, to help encourage us to keep our kits with us at all times and normalise this potentially scary situation. 

Here Stuart, a racing driver from North Yorkshire, shows us how he stores his kit and deals with the heat from the racing car!  

Meet Stuart 

Hi I’m Stuart Barber Yarborough, a UK based racing driver with Addison’s disease. I was diagnosed with Addison’s at 17 when I was still at school, which caused some chaos in my life then! Fast forward 13 years and I’ve had an up and down journey getting to grips with Addison’s but am now stable and healthy.  

I’m hoping to use motorsport to raise awareness of Addison’s disease, and share my story with other people. There wasn’t a huge amount available when I was diagnosed, so I’m really keen to make sure that’s not the case for people who are diagnosed now! 

My kit #ShareYourKit 

This is the kit that I take with me in my kit bag to make sure I’m always prepared when I’m racing. A huge thing with Addison’s is how easy it is to become unwell if you get dehydrated. Racing cars are hot places too, especially when the sun is out so it’s very easy to become dehydrated if you don’t think about it. I always make sure I have lots of water with me, and the hydration tablets help to restore electrolytes. The bottle has a long straw which makes it much easier to drink when you’ve got a helmet on!  

I also pack some of my daily medication in case I need to increase my dosage during the day. The last thing I have is emergency ID dog tags that I wear all day. They have important information like my medication, allergies and that I have Addison’s. This is just in case I get into an accident to make sure that medics can easily tell that I have some additional requirements as a person with Addison’s. 

"I always have loads of medication with me! It’s definitely best to be prepared just in case anything happens at the circuit. I go with the phrase “it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!”  

Author: Stuart Barber Yarborough

Racing Driver

Hear more from Stuart on his Instagram @sby_racing.

Thank you Stuart for sharing your kit with us! So join us, if you’d like to #ShareYourKit, please get in touch. Or share online now! Use the hashtag #ShareYourKit and tag us in your social media posts to raise awareness! 

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This article was first published in the Summer 2022 edition of the ADSHG magazine.

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