No-fuss vet­eran di­a­bet­ics

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440821

Nancy McKenna and Nola Sis­ley are WA's long­est liv­ing type 1 di­a­betes suf­fer­ers.

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