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'You can live a full and active life with diabetes'

In the second part of our exclusivefive-part serieson Bridget Wilkins, who has had Type 1 diabetes for 60 years, and her father, Jim Nicholls, who was diagnosed at the age of 17, you can listen to Jim’s story about his early treatment of diabetes in 1928.

In his recordings, Jim – who died at the age of 90 in 2001 – talks about his early treatment when he was put on a six-week starvation diet as an alternative to being treated with insulin. He also talks about being under the care of Dr RD Lawrence, who co-founded Diabetes UK along with the novelist HG Wells. During 1928 and 1930, Jim also meticulously kept diaries of his early diagnosis and treatment, which you canread on our blog site.

Giving hope to young people

In thefirst instalmentof this series, Bridget – who is a design and oral historian – tells Diabetes UK why she encouraged her then-87-year-old father to record his experiences of living with diabetes in the late 1920s.

"I decided to find something to occupy his mind during the week. I gave him a Walkman and a list of questions, one of which was 'Tell me about the time when you were diagnosed with diabetes and how you were treated.' He wanted to give hope to young people especially. This, above all, is why I am sharing his story."

A full and active life

In his memoirs, Jim speaks about his enduring belief that you can live a full and active life with diabetes – a philosphy he stood firm by until his own death in 2001, and which he instilled into his daughter, and many others who touched his life.

During the remainder of this series, you can read Bridget's recollections of her own diabetes throughout childhood; during motherhood; and how her father’s legacy still influences her today.

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