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Nadia's story: I'm running a 13 mile marathon in memory of my dad

Nadia Diabetes UK


Father diagnosed in his early 50s.

In memory of my father who had diabetes, a condition with many long term complications.
Nadia is taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, 13 October to raise awareness of diabetes in memory of her dad who passed away from diabetes related complications.

Journey with diabetes

Nadia's experience with diabetes

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. 


Taking on Royal Parks Half Marathon 

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. 


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