Pregnancy and the thought of bringing a new life into this world can be scary – particularly when managing your diabetes. Often a patient’s main concern centers around the difficulties of actual conception, rather than how to stay healthy during the pregnancy itself. But at NEEDS (North East Essex Diabetes Service), we support patients through…

As she approaches her final two miles, Lesley shares her swimming journey – illustrated above, by her seven-year-old daughter. “You’re doing what?!?!?!”…those were the words of my husband when I told him my latest brainwave to swim the equivalent of the English Channel, in a swimming pool, on my own, for 22 long miles, getting…

My younger brother, Eddie, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was aged 6 or 7 – and from that age he had to give himself insulin injections every single day. I clearly remember the early days of learning how to inject himself, practising on an orange, disinfecting glass syringes and needles and the…