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Sarah's Story

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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 whom she recalls was “a nice, kind man.” In her teens she went to a different clinic and she recalls there were “very fierce, if anything went wrong you felt it was your fault.

We counted carbohydrate ‘exchanges’ and had to calculate our insulin. It felt like leaping over hurdles all the time, with loads of maths involved. I hated it, and didn’t stick to the rules!”

Despite what sounds like rebellion, Jill kept her head and had a sensible approach to her diabetes and she knows she’s doing fine, although she also feels that her regime is now a little old-fashioned by modern NHS standards.

Good care from the NHS
“I get good care, but most people are on the human insulins and on four injections a day, so the younger nurses aren’t used to someone on bovine insulin taking just two a day. I do seem to be a part of a small and dwindling group of people on animal insulin, but it works for me. I’ve learned what my body needs and what makes it work, and why change?”

One thing Jill thinks has also changed, unlike her insulin but like the technological advances in blood testing, is that “Medical people are much easier to talk to now, it feels like more of a partnership, where you’re in control of your health and they are assisting you, not telling you off all the time!”