But by the end, she could swim 60 lengths an hour and had lost more than two stone!
Jacqueline is taking part in the challenge again this year and hopes to improve her health even more.
Swim 22 invites challengers to take the plunge and swim 22 miles, the equivalent of the English Channel, between 22 February and 22 May.
The perfect challenge
Jacqueline was “shocked” to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008.
Jacqueline said, “Nobody in my family has diabetes and I hadn’t noticed any symptoms, so the news was a shock. I was put on medication straight away.
“I knew I needed to do something to get fit and healthy. I have arthritis so am limited in what exercise I can do, but I’ve always enjoyed swimming. When I saw Swim 22 I knew it was the challenge for me.”
“I want to be medication-free”
Jacqueline added, “At first I could only swim 10 lengths at a time, but by the end of the challenge I could swim 60 in an hour. I also lost more than two stone thanks to the swimming, cooking from scratch and eating more healthily, and my blood sugars are now at a normal level.
“I want to do Swim 22 again this year to fundraise for this excellent cause and improve my fitness even more. My goal is to be medication-free by Christmas.”
Joseph Cuff, Fundraising Manager, Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “It’s fantastic to hear what a positive difference Jacqueline made to her health by taking part in Swim 22 last year and that she has an even bigger goal in mind for this year’s challenge."
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There’s still time to sign up for Swim22! There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.