Dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his early 50s. This was a painful and sad experience for the whole family. In my younger years, I was caring for him by injecting insulin in his thigh. It was really difficult as I also had to take care of his diet too.
Caring with someone with diabetes is really challenging and his sugar levels were volatile. Dad suffered emotionally too and had a lot of mood swings.
Towards the end of his battle with diabetes, my father had a minor stroke and then renal failure. He had to undergo painful, exhausting and expensive sessions of dialysis.
Unfortunately, he got infected with Hepatitis C during one of the dialysis sessions and later died from multiple organ failure.
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Since my father passed away, I have learnt to keep well and healthy. I encourage whoever crosses my path to stay fit and healthy I also help people with diabetes look after their feet in my job as a specialist diabetes podiatrist.
I have signed up for the Royal Parks Half Marathon because I would like to raise funds for Diabetes UK and to make people more aware of diabetes. This is my first time signing up to a half marathon event and also supporting this worthwhile charity. My training has been a bit slow because of the weather and my hayfever. I am determined to make it to the finish line.