| Switzerland | Edith | – about a diabetic – | Global Diabetes Film Series |

| Switzerland | Edith | – about a diabetic – | Global Diabetes Film Series |


Welcome to about a diabetic The series were I travel around the world to meet other diabetics Every Friday at 8 p.m. a new episode will be released. In this episode. We’ll meet Edith Situated at the east side of Lake Zurich embedded in beautiful green and high skies this interview took place Edith is the kind of person who owns a Volkswagen camper. Enjoy convenience food and love long walks Big heart, cool diabetic attitude and a brave one for participating without knowing exactly what she signed up for ladies and gents Edith – Clumsy knee-guy… Lift your leg. When I turn 32 I will learn. Ok. I live here in a little house parts quite old. I still heat with this thing behind here and I have a garden outside. So it’s very nice and we I live On the countryside And here there are more cows in the little town village than people It’s true! And I grew up in Africa Portugal and Japan 15 years old, I came back to Switzerland. I learned doctor internship I suppose I call it and now I work as Neurophysiological diagnostic no physiological I just remember my mom she got quite white She was sort of shocked about what was happening. and then they started with diet Injections And my mother had to do the first injection to me about three people had to hold me because I didn’t want to her to do that but after about three weeks I did it on my own because I was always a child which Who wanted to be doing everything alone When I came back to Switzerland, I had a specialized dog for diabetics. Struggles I didn’t really had until I was about maybe 16-17 years old. Before it just was life. Like I was used to it And struggles I got off when I turned around 30 years old. But in the moment it’s like this I live with this about 45 years now and it’s my life, it’s me When I’m a bit down or angry about my diabetes, I’ve got my dogs I go out for a walk one, two, three hours when I have the time or I go a lot of geocaching find all these little boxes somewhere in the woods or up in the trees and I also have friends, which accompany me to Find all these little boxes in the woods And it’s fulfilled when you find the box, you can write your nickname inside And you say now I find one again, a little box somewhere Because the movement, the energy I need for walk keeps my Blood sugar levels in check Health insurance they pay nearly everything when not everything They’re not so guilty not paying The material you really need And I think that’s very important If I need a hundred test stripes a week they pay it They don’t count it or things like that I think that is very good. It’s quite a high insurance fee to pay each month but for me, they don’t make a plus with me, they make only minus. It’s true That night I went to bed with my thoughts running through my mind What I found refreshing with Edith was for attitude towards diabetes she seemed to live her life, her way without letting diabetes restrain her. I was drawn to her empirical wisdom (brittish accent?) imagine having diabetes for 45 years Maybe that was the reason she spoke with such certainty For me personally, she felt like a diabetic link between long long ago, and now. With other diabetics from Outside of Switzerland. I don’t really have a lot, or not any contacts at all, and I don’t really have a lot of Diabetic contacts in Switzerland because I don’t really search them When I think like this like I don’t need any other Contacts diabetic people for me. It’s a little bit like I’m pushing it away. I don’t want it. I Have it but I just push it away. I don’t have to be with the people who also have this I prefer to have people who are healthy and not always oh This is so bad when you have diabetes, oh, this is so bad when you have diabetes Because it doesn’t change anything in your life I think to make the best out of it is to try to follow just as much of a a normal life as possible And not think I shouldn’t do this, or –can I do that? Just look forward And do what you feel like and It might be the wrong thing but most of the time when you do it, and you feel good, just do it. It’s like this My diabetes is just a part of me Because I can’t really remember how it was without it… You

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