It’s a sad day today… My aunt Sharon died in a distant hospital in the UK of an agressive form of Cancer. Sharon wasn’t my blood relation… she married my uncle, but we were like sisters because I knew her when she was in school with me… She was only just over a year and a half older than I am… She was 52 on New Years Day. So she was more than an aunt to me… she was a friend. The Cancer took her in just over 10 weeks from diagnosis.
It makes me think how much we take our health for advantage… Sharon had also been a diabetic for many years before hand and really hadn’t had much help in keeping it under control. The education they give you in the UK is minimal from the education given here in the USA.
In my experience of living in the UK, if you’re not pro-active about learning things about your diabetes and pushing medical staff into helping you get what information you want, you don’t know how to work with it. If you don’t push for info you’re almost on your own. I can only speak for my own experience though and what I know of hers, can’t speak for the experiences of others. I think it depends on how well informed your doctors are and how well they treat their patients.
Sharon however, doesn’t leave us in vain though… for me and for her I am determined to do all I can to keep a tight reign on this Diabetes and to work to stay healthy for as long as I possibly can. I want to be around for a long time.
So my motto is, hug those around you today and tell them how much you love them… then get with the program and look after yourself… be good to you!
So thank you Sharon for reminding me to be more proactive about my health. I love you… I will stay well for you and for me…
Goodbye my sister/my friend/my Aunt, my inspiration. xxxx