WHEN Monika Berry went into hospital 17 years ago for a simple gall bladder removal, she had no way of knowing the visit would profoundly change her life.
“I’d never even thought about diabetes,” she explained. “But when the doctors did some routine tests, they discovered my blood sugar levels were very high. For a while, I tried changing my diet and then taking tablets to control the problem, but that just wasn’t enough. After some time, I had to go onto insulin and that has really worked.”
Ms Berry said, fortunately, the condition hasn’t really affected her daily life too dramatically, but there was one moment she’ll never forget.
“Once I began slurring my words,” she recalled. “It was quite scary, but it hasn’t happened again. With the proper treatment, I find I can manage this condition quite well.”
She praised the encouragement and the expertise of the doctors and medical consultants who’ve helped her adjust to a daily routine that involves taking insulin and a dose of pills at breakfast and at dinnertime.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.