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A couple of weekends ago I volunteered at one of the Diabetes UK ‘Big Conversation’ events in Leeds.  The discussions I was part of had a lot of key themes; access to consistent and quality care, desire for more education and support (for individuals and healthcare professionals alike) and the ongoing stigma associated with diabetes. Two…

Patient activation is a concept that interests me a great deal, particularly as it’s something that has made a huge impression on my own management of diabetes over the years. If you’re not familiar with the concept, patient activation basically refers to the knowledge, skills and confidence that someone has when it comes to managing…

Tweet They may have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary a few years ago, but there are still family traits from my Dad’s side and some from my Mum’s. For example, I have heard my Mum say to my Dad “your family are too independent for their own good”. If I consider myself part of my…

Tweet Share One of the most comforting things about living with diabetes is that implicit belonging to a sort of secret society.  Whilst we don’t have anything cool like special handshakes, we do have a lot in common with each other in many respects.  Being on the receiving end of a knowing nod and smile…

TweetShare Before I’d gotten involved with any kind of voluntary work with the group, I was convinced that whilst some people must need support from these groups, I definitely wasn’t one of them.  I thought I knew more than enough about my diabetes to be able to control it adequately and that I had a…