To celebrate World Health Day 2016, we’re supporting the World Health Organisation in their effort to raise awareness of diabetes. Currently four million people in the UK are living with diabetes. Terence, Marketing Manager at HCL, shares his first hand experience of how diabetes has affected his life. He recently found out that he can sell his diabetic test strips and make a little money, since being a diabetic can get pretty expensive. Check out how much are diabetic test strips worth here.

The NHS saved my life in just five hours…

Over the course of a month I had lost around two stone in weight. And yet, despite an insatiable thirst, hunger and tiredness – my waistline continued to shrink.

A visit to the GP provided me the clarification that I was diabetic. I can remember the feeling of relief as if it were yesterday. I honestly thought I was dying. In fairness I was dying, but now it could be treated.

The GP sent me to the hospital where I was seen by the diabetic nurse, consultant, pharmacist and many other heroes who supported my recovery. I was home and managing my own insulin injections within a few hours.

The support didn’t stop there either. The diabetic nurse would visit weekly, my GP to this day prescribes medication, the pharmacist dispenses it and phlebotomists regularly take my blood– the list doesn’t end.

The system works perfectly, and I’m testament to that.

Ten years later…

In the decade that I’ve been diabetic, I have graduated from university, run a marathon, travelled countless countries across four continents and met some great people along the way.

But none of that would have been possible without our free NHS and the millions of healthcare professionals who support it.

Without them, I would have died in 2005 and without the on-going care of diabetic nurses, chiropodists, opticians, phlebotomists, pharmacists, doctors and many more – I would die tomorrow and every day thereafter.

It’s hard to believe a hundred years ago, diabetes had a 100% mortality rate – before the discovery of insulin.

Thank you

The NHS is a shining example of what makes Britain great, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that’s helped me along my journey. I hope that this message goes some way to compensating for the amazing work that all healthcare professionals conduct on a daily basis.

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