S: I was 27 when I was first diagnosed with
diabetes. I didn’t understand what diabetes was, I injected insulin with every meal and
at bed time. My life then spiralled out of any form of control because I’d lost control.
My life was run by the medication. I’d already got one child and we’d been
trying for 13, 14 years to get pregnant again. The heartbreak every month to find out you’re
not pregnant was devastating. The turning point was walking in, sitting
down and being asked what is it that you want? G: I knew my job was to help Sarah to understand
what was happening in her body. How diabetes was affecting her, how the treatments she
was taking were affecting her, but probably omst importantly how the food was having an
impact on all of that. S: she made me feel like I was a person, I
wasn’t just another number, I wasn’t just another diagnosis. I was somebody that was
worth fighting to save. G: We were going to do changes that would
require Sarah doing a lot of this by herself or with her family, and it was really important
to spend time so that she really understood this so she felt empowered.
S: I changed the diet by reducing the potato intake, by reducing the pasta intake. I gave
everybody a smaller dinner plate. As each week went on the weight was coming off, and
that then gave me the incentive to push it, to carry on.
G: I knew that Sarah wanted to pregnant, but I was also aware that she had polycystic ovarian
syndrome. I knew that if we could help Sarah to lower her insulin levels, there was a chance
that she would be able to become pregnant. S: Within three weeks I’d lost the night
time insulin, I no longer had the needle at bed time. I think it was about two or three
months in, I’d lost all medication completely. I didn’t need it, I’d put my diabetes
into remission. I’ve lost nine and a half stone. I’ve
lost more weight than I actually weigh. The change in me to see my son smiling, because
mum’s chasing him through a field. I’d never done that. It was about eight months
after I first started seeing Glynis, that we found out I was pregnant. Peter was born
in August 2017, we’ve then gone on to have Alfred. It is truly amazing. If you feel like
I did, do what I’ve done. Glynis was there to push me along and I shall
be eternally grateful for her to doing that, but I had to change and I had to realise that
I wanted that. G: From seeing somebody that was so sad, to
knowing her now with this beautiful family. She’s living a life.
S: She made me feel like my life was worth living. And if it hadn’t been for her, I
don’t know where I’d be now. You need somebody to be there and support you the way
that Glynis supported me.