Changing my lifestyle
My son is a lovely boy, but he has very high needs and caring for him didn’t give me much room for myself. When he was in his 20s, we found a really wonderful residential place for him, and now he is happily settled there.
My life opened out into a different rhythm, where I would visit him, work and spend time with my husband and daughter.
Three years ago my husband and I were just getting to the stage when we thought life would become calmer - he had retired and I was working from home in a job I loved, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
It’s quite advanced, but he is having excellent treatment and doing very well. He is a very positive and proactive man, and he decided he was going to do everything he could to make sure that his treatment had the best possible outcome.
So last summer we decided to change our lifestyle. My blood glucose (sugar) levels were very high, so I knew it would be good for me too.
We cut pretty much all sugar, fat and processed food out of our diet. Eating better improved our energy levels.
And because a friend of mine had done the One Million Step Challenge the year before, when I saw it online I signed up immediately.