The Reality of Diabetes – Guest Post by Jo & Leisa

Jo and Leisa’s guest post is the 4th post in the segment on my blog, called “The Reality Of…” which gives others the ability to share their story and raise awareness of the disabilities, illnesses, impairments, invisible illnesses that they have.

Meet Jo & Leisa

We are twin bloggers, Jo and Leisa, and we are originally from Jamaica but now live in Birmingham, UK. We came to Burmingham to teach when there was a shortage of teachers in the early 2000’s.

We are the savvy shoppers on Channel 5’s Shop Smart Save Money and have our own blog at Joleisa

Our Story

We both have type 2 Diabetes. Knowing what we know now, it’s a miracle we didn’t develop diabetes earlier. To be honest, most of our diet growing up, was filled with carbohydrates (both starchy and sweet foods). You would think that in Jamaica, since we plant so much of our own stuff, we would be eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Well, we did, but we ate lots of rice and yams and potatoes and bread too.

Common Symptoms

When our blood sugar runs too low, we tend to feel really nervous and shaky (sometimes grumpy too!)
If we are not careful to eat on time, then this could lead to us passing out. Thankfully, we have not experienced this before.

We do understand what other people go through so we are empathetic and understand when people have to take a break to go and eat or drink something.

Permitted to use by Jo & Leisa
Permitted to use by Jo & Leisa

How Diabetes Affect Us

We always have to travel with medication (including insulin needles which we have to inject as long as we eat foods rich in carbs). This can be a bit much especially when we go on long haul flights. Our medication has to be kept refrigerated. Not all hotels are as knowledgeable so it is sometimes slightly embarrassing to have to ask for a small fridge or for them to store medication for us.

Learning To Adapt

We look out for each other and remind each other to stay within the diet/healthy eating regime and also to take our medication

Changing As People

We have had to do a lot of research and testing and trying recipes (we love cooking) and we share our knowledge of what works and what doesn’t with others.

We now know that foods can actually heal as well as harm.
Unless we tell, most people don’t know that we are diabetics. We try to stay healthy, eat right, walk daily, take our medication and continue to try to lose weight.

Our Favourite Superhero

Xena, Warrior Princess. She is brave and strong and fight against injustice.

Thank you, Jo and Leisa for sharing your story with my readers and me!

If you would like to keep up to date with Jo and Leisa, you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

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