Hi, my name is Lizanne and I am 55 years old. I live in the UK in a town called Shrewsbury, one of those beautiful old towns with lots of history dating back to before the Romans.
I have been an Insulin Dependant Diabetic for 46 years and have lived through so many dietary, exercise and insulin changes introduced by the medical profession that it makes my head spin sometimes. When I was first diagnosed you had to weigh everything including meat and veg. The only thing you were allowed as much as you like was fats such as cheese, fat on meat, butter etc. Now the diet is much easier I think, but only because I have been dealing with it so long probably. Oh and I have been admitted to hospital twice with my diabetes since being diagnosed.
I am one of these people that if someone says you can't do that because you are a diabetic I will do my best to prove them wrong. When I was first diagnosed as a diabetic strenuous exercise was forbidden, so I trained as a swimmer! Represented my county, same as a state in the US but undoubtedly smaller in size. In the late 60's when I wanted to train as a nurse I had to try 10 hospitals before someone would accept me. Got accepted but had to work as a nurses aid for a year on days and nights to prove I wouldn't go hypo. Anyway I trained and specialised first in inflammatory bowel disease and then in endocrine disorders. Eventually became a Senior Lecturer in Nursing where I ran courses in all sorts of subjects but my specialisms were 1.altered physiology and 2. diabetes.
Due to developing multiple endocrine disorders I had to give up work, luckily I had worked long enough for a full pension so I now socialise with my family and increase my education by studying at my local college, oh and I have 2 cats called Suki and Mogwi. I have had to give up disco but my grey hair began to make me a bit conspicuous anyway.
If you want to ask any more please feel free to ask and I will answer the best I can.
IDD / Thyroid disease / Addisons disease / High BP ( now under control) / retinopathy / neuropathy / bilateral frozen shoulder / thoracic radiculopathy / sciatica.