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John

I was born in London in 1954 and I have lived with LPLD since the age of 11 (and at age 51 diagnosed with Type II Diabetes).

I was born in London in 1954 and I have lived with LPLD since the age of 11 (and at age 51 diagnosed with Type II Diabetes). My parents realised I had the problem following the diagnosis of my younger sister Jill. I had just started secondary school at the time of diagnosis and was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where I spend the next 2 to 3 months.Crete March 2007 007.v01

Fortunately my school was accommodating and I was able to take in my own lunches etc. On leaving school I was able to gain employment where LPLD did not cause problems. In 1979 I left London for a summer season job as security in a Holiday camp near Weston Super Mere and at the end of the season was able to obtain a job in Patchway, Bristol and bought a property near there in Thornbury.

In 1987 I married and we bought a two bed house in Westerleigh village where we lived for almost 20 years, unfortunately in 2006 the marriage broke up and in 2007 I followed my dream and I emigrated to live in Crete where we had had many wonderful holidays. As I was living on my own and did not eat out much I had no difficulty in keeping a low fat and sugar diet and as I got to know the local taverna owners they all tried to cook for me so I could keep to my diet (not always successfully). In 2012 due to the financial problems in Greece I had to return to the UK and now live just outside Luton.  The following year I was employed by The Online Supermarket as a delivery driver.

As I get older I am finding it more and more difficult to keep to both eating plans but I do my best, I am also grateful that I have not had a Pancreatic attack since 2006 having had 5 in the previous 7 years.

I still go to Crete every year for a two week holiday in a Self-Catering apartment and always have a great time. Finally I have always worked on the basis that if I go overboard eating what I shouldn’t I make sure I go very strict eating wise for the next 3 to 4 days.