No-fuss veteran diabetics
MOSMAN Park resident Nola Sisley has lived with diabetes for 78 years but she does not want a fuss about it.
Ms Sisley (84) and Nancy McKenna (81) are two of Australia's longest living type 1 diabetics, having lived with diabetes for 78 and 75 years respectively.
Diabetes WA, based in Subiaco, hosted a morning tea to celebrate their impressive milestones in conjunction with the organisation’s 50th-year celebrations as part of National Diabetes Week last week.
Newly diagnosed diabetics and their families also attended the morning tea, with some children as young as two and three.
Ms Sisley lives with her poodle Lily and relies on insulin injections five times a day. She said she refused to let her condition rule her and she enjoyed a healthy and fulfilling life.
“I don't think about it anymore, it's just part of my life,” Ms Sisley said.
“I am a diabetic, so forget about it and don't fuss.”
Ms Sisley said times had changed since she was diagnosed in 1937.
“Nowadays you don't pay for your insulin, whereas mum paid for mine,” she said.
Ms McKenna agreed managing her diabetes had changed since her diagnosis in the 1940s.
“I've seen it grow; I don't even know how many insulins there are now,” she said.
Ms McKenna still has five needles a day but after 75 years, said she still could not watch an injection.
“To this day, you can give me any needle you want but I'm not going to watch it.”
Diabetes WA presented Ms McKenna with a Kellion Victory Medal for 75 years of living with diabetes, a milestone only 10 Australians have reached.
Nancy McKenna and Nola Sisley are WA's longest living type 1 diabetes sufferers.