We learned how Type 2 diabetes occurs, about the medicines, how they work and when best to take them. The course taught you helpful things like the managing and monitoring of your diabetes and the best time to test your bloods.
It put aside some misconceptions; for example, it’s not just about eating sweeties, because I wasn’t really a sweetie eater. It was more about looking about my diet and recognising there were things like potatoes and rice that would increase your blood sugar because of the way your body broke it down.
The other thing that it helped me to do was to realise that I am the main instrument here and what I do makes the difference between living well and not. But you also learn that doing one small thing, no matter how small you might think it is, it is big because you’re doing it. That was huge for me.
It’s helped my overall wellbeing. Before, there were times when I felt I wasn’t up to doing something as I was extra tired and I’d feel a bit low. I came to understand that it doesn’t just affect you physically – it can affect you emotionally.
It has given me more confidence; it has helped me lose quite a bit of weight, so my diabetes is very well under control and my drugs were reduced slightly. It’s been a godsend.