Kathleen’s remission story | DiRECT | Diabetes UK

Kathleen’s remission story | DiRECT | Diabetes UK


We see what people look like on the
outside but we don’t see ourselves on the inside, and I did. And I saw all the
fat around my organs and the fat in my liver. I was quite shocked and I thought,
actually that was the point that I thought, I’ve got to do something about
this. This isn’t healthy. When I got the letter to say start on the course I
wasn’t quite sure as to whether I wanted to do it or not at first. I went along
and the nurse, she was lovely really, really lovely, and then as you know the
Direct study, they send you for scans and things and that’s that that was the beginning of it. We had charts that plotted the
weight loss and things and the odd week when I put weight on it made me more
determined to be good the following week, because sometimes you feel down,
sometimes you get a little bit fed up and things with being on this trial and you
might drop out for a couple of days, you know, especially when you’re on the soups
and shakes. Those hiccups happen to everyone. Just focus again, couple of days
later, start again. It’s the best thing I could have done.
it makes it worthwhile to do it when you know you can see the dedication that all
the nurses and everyone are putting in, doctors are putting into this trial and
I did it actually for myself and for them. I think in life you get out what you
put in and I did put a lot of effort in but it’s certainly been worth it.
Diabetes UK has not wasted time doing this, you’ve probably saved a lot of
people’s lives. When I was told that I was in remission,
it was brilliant that’s exactly.. I felt I’d achieved what I’d set out to do and now I know what is really good to eat and what’s not. I mean we’ve got two
allotments so I eat lots and lots of vegetables. Well Dave grows them and I
cook them. My grandchildren have always lived vegetables. I mean I am quite a
good cook, he always says I am, whether I am I don’t know? He just tries to butter me up. With the salad I tried to include protein in it like chicken and nuts, and
I like the look of food, I like it presented well. We do eat healthily.
It’s well worth doing. Grasp it and go for it
because not only for yourself for your family and grandchildren. I would give
that advice to anyone. You know, where would I be now if I hadn’t have
done it? Because I consider myself very fortunate to be on this trial. I went
down with type 2 diabetes and I want to stay clear of it. For everyone’s health, for my
husband’s health and for my family to support them.
I’ve got a lot of life left.

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