Interview with Tony

“I feel much more empowered to live life the way I want to live it. Not to feel that my diabetes is running me – I’m running my diabetes.”

Tony attended a DAFNE course in May 2009. He had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 47 years. We asked Tony what it was like to participate in a DAFNE course. Here are some of his answers:

What was your diabetes management like before DAFNE?

"I was really lacking motivation to control my diabetes well."

"My diabetes educator recommended the DAFNE course."

What was your experience of the DAFNE week?

"I found the whole experience very rewarding. It was tough because it was pretty intensive … so it wasn’t easy… we had to invest our time and attention to it."

"It has really motivated me to be in control of my diabetes."

What did you think about the group nature of the course?

"It was really fantastic to share experiences with the other 7 people in the group."

"The DAFNE educators were terrific and guided us through all the things we needed to know."

"It was a really supportive environment."

"We developed a lot of trust with each other."

What difference has DAFNE made to your diabetes management?

"I just feel so much more in control and back in charge of my diabetes. I understand how things work, how my own body works and what eating certain foods does to my body, and how I need to change my doses to take into account what I’m eating."

"I feel more free to do things, and unrestricted in what I want to do – apart from sky diving and scuba diving, I can do just about anything I want to do!"

"I am confident that I can maintain good control and end up with a really good HbA1c which probably will mean I have a better quality of life for longer."

How would you describe the DAFNE program to someone else?

"I would describe DAFNE as a way of helping people with diabetes and others understand how they can live as close to a normal life as possible."

"DAFNE allows you to enjoy life, maintain a good quality of life, and have the tools and the support to do that."