I visit my dentist and dental hygienist once a year. When I was young, I had a brace but since then, my dental visits have been very dull. The only filling was due to a chipped tooth. Each year, when they express their pleasure in my gums, I tell the dentist and hygienist “yes, I…

Although I live in a city and can walk to the centre in less than 15 minutes, until very very recently, my broadband has run at the speed of a tortoise doing its best impression of a snail. The problem was a lack of fibre available on my street. As someone who works in IT and…

Here Comes the Sun and I can feel myself smiling. I love the Summertime: the chance to spend more time outside, feel the warmth of the sun and the longer lighter evening. A chance to throw off my jumpers and jackets; a chance to eat outside with picnics and barbecues; a chance to stay outside whilst…

I believe the press are improving on the way they report about diabetes: there is more to distinguish between the different types and some focus on complications. However, there are still reports of miracle cures and sensationalisation of some of the problems. Today, I was reading an article about Type 1 diabetes and my heckles…

Most of my climbing is done in the safe environment of a climbing gym in a church. However, due to my interest in climbing, I read articles about climbers, watch movies about climbing adventures and listen to radio interviews with climbers. Like watching Touching the Void about Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’s adventure in the Andes,…

I very consciously avoid being defined by diabetes. There is little in my life that is done because of diabetes apart from what I do to stay alive. As a consequence I don’t spend much time with other people with diabetes. I’m not comfortable with the idea of a support group who I meet up with…