Why do I have a particular interest in working with people with diabetes?
As a person with Type 1 diabetes for 49 years, I am well-acquainted with the distress a diagnosis can bring. The attitudes of the people around us at the time we are diagnosed is important, because it can have an impact on how we think about not only the condition, but also ourselves. I also know how the ongoing struggles with managing diabetes in the longer term can have a profound impact on life – even if it’s well-managed and you are physically very well. The sometimes overwhelming nature of coping with the illness and the feelings of powerlessness, worry, frustration and sometimes feeling emotionally low or out of control of our diabetes can be very hard to manage.