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Q: What's your medication like now?
A: As of today 25 years later I'm still on
insulin. I take injections of insulin 70/30
twice per day. My body absolutely cannot
do without insulin.
I also take three times daily, blood pres-
sure medication since I was 15-years-old.
I'm on iron tablets and injections for my low
blood count and medication for my high
potassium levels based on my renal failure.
Q: Do you still feel cheated by this
A: I used to feel cheated a lot when I was
younger but I've grown to accept that this
is me and this is my life and it may seem
harder at times but everyone has their own
battles to fight.
Q: In previous interviews you men-
tioned complications with pregnancies,
was it diabetic related?
A: Yes it was. I thank God for my two
beautiful girls. My first pregnancy at 21 was
not bad at all I had a vaginal birth but expe-
rienced a lot of extra protein spilling in my
urine. My second pregnancy 13 years after
was difficult. Prior to that, I had two mis-
carriages so my issue was but keeping the
baby. When my husband and I found out we
were pregnant again in 2014, we remained
low key about it in fear that it may not last.
The pregnancy was difficult. My kidney
doctor also warned a termination of the
pregnancy may have to occur if it becomes
too stressful on my kidneys. I was literally a
text book case. She'd never heard of anyone
with that stage of renal failure becoming
pregnant far less carrying
and delivering a success-
ful baby. At delivery, I had
an emergency C-section
as my blood pressure was
Q: Tell me about the
diabetic coma you fell
into after your second
A: My husband was get-
ting ready for work and
came upstairs and found
me on the ground unre-
sponsive, after several un-
successful attempts to get
my sugar up, he called an
ambulance. The medics
tried to give me glucose
to raise my sugar but it
was not working and I was
rushed to hospital where I
was given an injection of
sugar and then placed on
drips and released after a
Q: Are diabetics generally warned against
becoming pregnant because of complications
that may arise or is it specific to the individual?
A: It is specific to the individual as some persons
may have different complications arising from di-
abetes which may affect them should they become
Q: Were there any possibilities your children
might have been born with any birth defects
or develop diabetes as well?
A: Both my children were born normal just a little
small due to them being delivered before term. But
big babies are usually a concern with women who are
diabetic and decide to conceive. I guess they may be
a possibility that they can also be born with diabetes
if there is some problem with their pancreas but in
most cases it will manifest when they get older.
Q: Your job is very demanding and rest plays a
very important role in helping to regulate blood
sugar, how do you deal with this?
A: It is very hard being diabetic, hypertensive, with
kidney disease and being anemic. It takes a toll on my
energy levels but I try to get as much rest as possible
in the night and after work.
Q: Do you have an exercise regime?
A: Due to the diabetes and kidney failure and be-
ing anemic it is very hard to even try to find energy
Q: Do you have a secret fear of dying from this
A: I do. It is a very scary condition especially with all
the complications such as kidney and heart disease.
There are also the other fears such as losing a limb or
losing my sight that haunts me.
Q: With everything that you have learned
about this disease, how are you educating others
about prevention and managing diabetes?
A: Living with this disease for over 20 years, I've
learned that every person deals with it differently.
But one thing is very important. Anyone, especially
the younger diabetic sufferers, ought to take care of
themselves and not put themselves at risk to all the
other complications that come with it.
Q: Do you think enough is being done to sensi-
tise the public of the seriousness of this disease?
A: I think a lot is being done internationally and
some effort locally but there is still a lot that needs
to be done. There are so many trial medications and
breakthroughs that are not available locally, that
makes it very hard for a diabetic to manage.
Q: If you could use a word to describe diabe-
tes,what word would that be?
A: I don't think one word can describe it really.
But I would say it is life changing and challenging.
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