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  1. 16 September 2021 - 11 stone 12.
  2. Hi. I come from a large family of 6, I am the youngest. My mum was always overweight and had developed diabetes after having me late in life. My father always cursed diabetes - bloody diabetes - because it stopped him enjoying food with my mum; not that my poor mum couldn’t eat what she wanted to anymore.
    Sadly my mum died at 60 when I was a young woman/girl. She had had bypass operations and suffered with heart disease and kidney failure. Diabetes scared the life out of me. I was always skinny, fussy what I ate - always chips and crips and everything else that I am dying to be able to eat now.
    Then I got married and became pregnant with Dane. At a routine GP appointment he found sugar in my urine. After being absolutely petrified (my brothers and sisters reassuring me it wouldn’t be diabetes; 4 of them now are diabetic!) and being sent for a GTT I was told it was nothing to worry about; it was low renal threshold. So I carried on eating as I did before. My son was born weighing a tiny 5lb 8.
    Then 2 years later I became pregnant with my 2nd son. They found sugar again in my urine but this time treated me as diabetic. I ate more or less what they told me to and he was born healthy; almost 6 pounds.
    At his 6 week check up my GP did a blood test and said the GD had gone. A midwife told me - stay slim and it won’t come back. If only I had listened.
    Then 4 years later I became pregnant with my daughter. No sugar in urine but she was deemed small from 16 weeks. I had to have an emergency section with her at 34 weeks because I was seriously ill with pre eclampsia and she was born weighing 2 lbs exactly. She was in special care for 4 weeks. She’s fine now; 22 with vibrant long pink hair, her nose pieced and very, very beautiful.
    My weight now was always on the higher side; being 13 stone when diagnosed. As a young girl I could eat what I wanted and not gain weight, but now I was a middle aged woman it was a different matter. I have never smoked or drunk alcohol but I loved unhealthy food.
    Then at 51 I was told the a1c (that they checked yearly though may have been the fasting blood at first) was edging up…….And so it all began.
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