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Sarah's Story

Living with diabetes real life experiences

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Sarah’s Story Part II -Becoming a Mum!

June 2008 – The decisionview story We were always undecided as to whether we wanted children, but being in my early 30’s made me think. I knew having type 1 diabetes meant there would be more complications, due to this I new I didn’t want to be older than 35 when having a baby. That then makes you think that time is running out as if I was t...  

Still Going at 65!

I was diagnosed with type 1 in the 1950's - and things have changed a lot since then. I was just a baby so I have not known life without it. I have always been very open about it and have enjoyed telling people about it over the years. Being a baby I don't remember being diagnosed but my Mother says she become worried that I was very thirsty and had lost weight so she Blood testing and carb counting Blood testing and carb-counting came in later. As a child Jill was treated by a local GP w...  

65 and going strong…

I was diagnosed with diabetes in the 1950s. I was just a tiny baby, under two, when diagnosed. So its always been a part of my life and really enjoy talking to pople about it and explaining what it was and how i controlled it. As I was so young I do not remember being diagnosed but my Mother said I was became very thirsty and lost weight. She said it took over a week to be diagnosed as they hadn't had a child so young. I am now in my late 60s and have seen a lot of changes, there was no se...  

Jackie – Things Could be worse….

My name is Jackie and I have lived with diabetes for 15 years I am now 25 years old! There was a lot that I needed to learm when I was diagnosed and am still learning and changing the way I deal with my diabetes. I inject about 4/5 times a day but I am looky as this doesn't bother me. This may be because I have had to do it since I can remember. I think I have been quite lucky as my diabetes has always been well controlled without me going over the top to keep it that way. A lot of people...  

Me and My Cat

I had lived with diabetes since I was 18 and have good and bad days. When my little boy was 5 we decided we should go to the cat shelter and get a pet. The one we all fell in love with was also diabetic, I think this gave me an extra bond with her. It turned out somebody had dumped her because of her diabetes. But I wanted to look after her and new how she must be feeling. It took a few days for us to take her home as someone from the catery came round to ensure our house was suitable. The ca...  

From Diagnosis to Helping Others

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago. I had just returned from a holiday in Thailand where I thought it was the heat making me drink and wee so much. I lost a stone in four weeks, which was a bit unusual, as I usually pile it on when on holiday. I mentioned my problem to my practice nurse and luckily she was on the ball. Phobia of hospitals After a urine sample and a prick on the finger she ran off to get the duty doctor. My blood sugar was 33. I was admi...  

5 years too late…

I had probably been over weight for over 10 years and didn’t particularly eat healthily. Looking back I was a prime candidate to get Type 2 diabetes. I was only diagnosed last year, however if I had a check up with my GP a few years before he would have told me I was pre-diabetic and got me to change my lifestyle. I didn’t know much about diabetes, if I had I may have gone for a check-up to stop this from happening. The GP says that even if I would have gone to him before I may still have...  

Type 2 and not overweight anymore!

Diagnosed: May 2009 with diabetes type2 Weight when diagnosed: 18stone Weight now: 12 stone Controlled by: Metformin tablets twice a day Other conditions: High cholestoral It has been nearly 2 years since I was diagnosed and what a difference. I am only in my 40s and managed to get to a whopping 18 stone, I just didn't know when to stop eating. Even when I was diagnosed i didn't take it too seriously the GP said I needed to take these tablets and eat healthily. I took the tablets but ...  

I loved my job!

I loved my job as a taxi driver, the freedom of driving and not knowing who you will talk to or where you would be going. It suited my lifestyle as I worked most evenings but spent time with my son in the day. I was diagnosed with diabetes (type 1) when I was 32. This turned my life upside down. I ended up losing my job and was not well controlled so found it hard to keep a job. This put huge strain on my relationship and after only 12 months of living with diabetes I separated from my partne...  

Being A Teenager…

Being a Teenager and having Diabetes … I was diagnosed when I was 11, I can’t really remember much about it apart from spending lots of time in hospital. My Mum however tells me it was a really worrying time, my sugars were sky high and they couldn’t get them stable I also had ketones, Mum says it’s a wonder I wasn’t in a diabetic coma! When I finally got home I do remember getting loads of presents and I thought this isn’t too bad – I think Mum was taking it worse. But then ...  

No Not my Little Girl Too…

I had lived with diabetes for 15 years but when my 5 year old daughter was diagnosed I blamed myself. This I thought was the worse thing that could have happened. I new how to recognize when I was high or low but how was I meant to know this about someone else. It turned out this part was relatively easy, when she was low she was very quiet and reserved and when she was high she was quite and reserved…… well that was ok because I was able to test to see if she was high or low. The doctors...  

Exciting Holidays

I was a teenager when I was diagnosed with diabetes but 18 months ago my daughter who was only 2 was diagnosed. It was really hard to deal with, injecting yourself is one thing put injecting your daughter is horrible. This summer, after 18 months of hard week, it all seemed to fall into place. My daughters levels are getting better, I think me and my husband are able to read her signs better. As her levels were now under control i thought I would treat us all to a well deserved holiday. I am ...  

Me and My Pump!

I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 when I was 10, and 8 years on I have been in hospital twice (not including diagnosis) and felt I have not been able to do a lot of things my friends have been doing. When I was 17 my diabetic nurse talked about getting the pump, this was after the second stay in hospital. I was struggling to keep my levels in single digits and often had levels in the high teens. After struggling to convince Doctors that getting the pump was right for me and the only way I ...  

Pre-Diabetic

Hi, i was very intersted in the pre-diabetes article (http://diabeticfriend.co.uk/blog/borderline-diabetes-and-pre-diabetes/) and the article from diabeteshome.ca as i was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic a couple of years ago by my GP, with an Impaired Fasting Glucose reading of 6.6 my last one was 6.4, better but not great. All this came about 5 years ago when i suddenly started putting on weight, after an operation on my neck (a lump from a streptococc...  

My story so far

I was born in july 1996.When i was first born I was making too much insulin. So i had an operation to remove 95% of my pancreaseI spent 6 month in great ormond street hospital. Then newyears eve 2000 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. And ever since then I have been insulin dependent ever since. I hope to have children in the near future hopefully a boy and a girl....  

Diabetic since the 50′s – how things have changed!

Hi I’m Gill and I’m diabetic. Now usually I don’t tell anyone that till I know them really well but I guess it’s relevant. I was born in the mid-50s when diabetes was virtually unheard of and certainly not understood. I was a difficult baby and it wasn’t until I was two and my mother knew there was something wrong that anything happened. The GP had already branded her ‘neurotic...  

My 7 Year Old Baby Boy

My son Sam was diagnosed with diabetes on 16 December 2004. I was pregnant with his brother Jack and felt very sick myself. Sam was not his usual self and had began wetting the bed but I thought he was worried about me or apprehensive about a new sibling. As a precausion I took a urine sample to the doctor but that came back clear!! I few weeks passed with more bed wetting and drinking lots of water and eventually my mum said he looked really poorly and I should get him to the doctor. Within 30 ...  

Sarah’s Story – Part I

Diagnosisview story Christmas 2005 was very memorable for me but not for the reasons people would usually associate with this time of year... I remember going to the bar with a friend and ordering two glasses of wine, as usual, and a glass of water (not so usual!). On returning to the table I was asked if I felt okay, I said I just felt...  

Day in the life of a diabetic

Everyday when I wake up I make a little prayer that my readings are in single figures and then I have hope for the rest of the day that I will have remarkable readings. Then I see the 11`s and 15`s so I have to take my prayer back and figure out what to eat to balance that out so some lemon tea and toast (one slice by the way) and I do my best to get my carbohydrate count on point, in order to get that remarkable reading I head out...  

Diabetic Neuropathy

I have heard from a gentleman who was diagnosed with a form of Type 1 called LADA (late auto-immune diabetes in adults) due to the slowness of the onset he suffered diabetic neuropathy, he tells his story on his blog please click on the following link http://diabetes-and-neuropathy.blogspot.com/...  

My Wedding Day

Everything had been planned and organised I had nothing to do on the day except get ready and get there! The only worry in the back of my head was how I was going to cope with my glucose levels. I normally manage them very well but I knew today would test my control. I woke in the morning with all my friends around me and ate a hearty breakfast before we went to the hairdressers. I wasn’t stressed I just knew this was a day I wanted to remember. When we got back to my place to get ready the...  

Travel Insurance

I became a diabetic type 2 in 2000 before then I had been fine. It was Summer when I found out and remember that my mouth felt like talc so I needed a drink then another, and another… I knew straight away what was wrong as my Dad had been type 2 for a number of years. Since finding out I have also been told my cholesterol has risen and I have slight high blood pressure. All this together causes trouble getting Travel Insurance. Even though I feel fine I find some of the bigger companies ...  

Stuart’s Lucky Night

My nephew Stuart used to visit us at least twice a year, although we were aware he had diabetes, as we had watched him taking his medication (via injections) many times, we didn’t really know much about the illness and what it involved. During one visit we had been out for a meal and had a great time, then we came home, had a few drinks and retired to bed. During the night we were woken by a banging noise. My partner Andy went to see if Stuart was ok, he shouted for me to phone for an ambul...  

My Granddaughter

My granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a one year old, until then I basically thought if a person was diabetic it meant they couldn’t have sugar. I quickly learnt that there was a bit more to it than that! Being diagnosed with diabetes is daunting for anyone but caring for a baby that can’t tell you how they feel, makes you slightly obsessive. Like the time we went out shopping, she fell asleep, which seemed pretty sudden, immediately I rushed to test her only to discover ...