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Sarah's Story

Living with diabetes real life experiences

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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 self monitoring of bloods you had to pee in a pot and add water and a tablet. If the water turned blue or green you were all right. If it went orange they were too high! Carb Counting is also a new thing that I have found useful, I have used this on and off for years and at first the calculations and maths used were very overwhelming. But now it seems a lot easier.

My last Hba1c was 6.7% and I still have no complications so I must be doing soemthing right. Over the years I have worked out what works for me and what doesn’t. I now have a very good NHS team who I can talk to over the years this team have got better and are easier to talk to.

All the changes over the last 60 years have been for the better and hopefully things can get even better…