My name is Leanne and I am 31 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes on 21st september 1982.
My teenager years were the hardest as I did all the wrong things like smoking, drinking, eating the wrong foods and not looking after myself. I felt that I would worry about it later but later never happened.
I met my husband at the age of 17 and gave birth to my first child at the age of 23. I now have 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl. My pregnancies were the hardest things I have ever done in my life and my diabetes was at it’s best but my babies were all born early and had to spend a couple of weeks in the special care nursery, but are all healthy growing kids now.
As the years went by I still didn’t take care of myself 100% and I thought that I couldn’t do better and at times I didn’t care, but in 2004 that all changed as I sat down to have the first lot of lazer on my eyes. I cried knowing that I should have done better over the last 20 odd years as I had a family to worry about and they need me.
I also deceided to find out about a pump and now I am in control and have a much better HbA1c and I feel so much better in being in control of my diabetes.
I have had many struggles over the years and probably too many to mention here but I have also had many joyess moments like when I gave birth to my kids, or when I got married.
If I had one wish it wouldn’t be to be rich like most people, although it would be nice, my wish would be to turn back the clock 20 years so I could do things right, as now it is too late, the damage has been done and all I can do is make things good now so hopefully I can slow down that damage.