My name is Mikki, I am 48 years old and live in Ayr, Nth Qld.
I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes about 4 years ago and have struggled with this the whole time. I also have Bipolar Disorder and suffer Anxiety attacks regularly.
I have 2 wonderful children, a daughter, 21 who has given me 2 beautiful grandsons, and my son is 24. They are my life and what keeps me going in life.
Recently I have developed the onset of Heart disease and also struggle with high cholesterol. I take a multitude of tablets morning and night and now a long acting Insulin shot at night.
The hardest thing for me is facing the fact that I can’t have the foods I love to eat anymore. It is a struggle as I have a sweet tooth and no self control. I am obese and have a back injury making it hard to exercise. Some days are so dark I just want to curl up in bed and forget about life.
I spend my days at my laptop doing surveys or playing on Facebook and also reading stories on the Diabetes Counselling Website. I also like to research new recipes to incorporate into my diet.
Being in a rural town, I am isolated from Specialists like Dieticians and Diabetes Educators, Podiatrists etc. I see them every 6 weeks or so depending on the need. It’s not their fault as they have a wide area to cover.