Novo Nordisk Videos
Eric and Daniella Beswick - Type 1 diabetes - South Africa (04:28)
Today, Eric has witnessed many changes in diabetes care. Not only the replacement of syringes with convenient pens, but also the guidelines on how to live. “As a child, I couldn’t have any of the very tasty South African milk tarts, but today I can.”
Eric does not feel that diabetes has restricted him in any way. He left home, studied, got a good job and got married. He became well adjusted to managing his condition, although even then he was concerned about the other ways that diabetes might continue to affect his life.
“I had a feeling that diabetes is genetic. My grandfather died of diabetes and I felt that if I had children, they would get it too.”
A few weeks before his daughter Daniella’s third birthday, she started drinking enormous amounts of water and visiting the toilet frequently. The first thing on Eric’s mind was diabetes, and a visit to the family doctor confirmed his fear.
“We were both very upset. My wife and I were both crying,” he remembers. “But within a day or two, we realised that we just had to accept it and move on.”
Eric is grateful that modern diabetes treatments and his own experiences have made having a child with diabetes easier, even if the feeling of guilt still lingers. “I have done everything I wanted to do in life. I hope, and I’m pretty sure, that it will be the same for Daniella.”
Eric has type 1 diabetes
As a child Nina still remembers how happy she was when her doctor told her that she...
Tired of recurring skin inflammations, Peter visited his doctor. At first,...
Meet Katie who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. From that moment onwards, her...
Meet Amy who has always been able to rely on the support from her family. It was this support...
Tracey Saverino and her husband James were full of excitement and joy when they...
Eric was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a toddler. His family took great care of him,...