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KITLIVING

years previously. PPEDS is an education

and support programme run by people

with diabetes, for people with diabetes.

The charity offers insight, understanding

and empathy from the PPEDS team, all

of whom have personal knowledge of

the impact the diagnosis can have on

individuals and the families around them.

Couttts was diagnosed in 1977, when

she was 12 years old. It was the year of

the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Coutts was

a county long-distance runner, until she

found that she was inexplicably losing

energy. Then, on the day of the Jubilee

day itself, it dawned on her that she'd

been drinking a lot of water and taking

trips to the toilet all the time. A short

while later, having sought medical advice,

she remembers: "When I was told I

had diabetes, I thought I was going to

die. I was given a big glass syringe with

metal needles that you screwed on, and

something called a Clinitest kit. Then, just

five weeks after my diagnosis, myself and

my mother moved to Africa.

"I was the daughter of a single

mother, brought up in a council house

estate in the UK, but my grandfather, who

lived in what was then called Rhodesia

[Zimbabwe] passed away. He left his

daughter - my mother - his assets, but

you couldn't take them out of the country

at that time, which is why we moved. The

fact is I didn't really enjoy living in Africa,

it was hard to get supplies, which was

stressful. Looking back, I can see that I

really hadn't gotten to grips with it, and no

one else really understood what it was like

living with the condition."

Feel the heat

When in Africa, Coutts spent quite a

bit of time in hospital usually due to

sustained high blood glucose levels. She

remembers, "Back then, other young

teens in hospital who also had diabetes

had already lost some toes; it was pretty

scary. I was chastised by my mother and

others who thought I was sneaking sweet

treats, but I wasn't."

Coutts had continued with her

athletics, actually breaking local records

in 100- and 200m races, but then would

do really badly sometimes. "Much later,"

she recalls, "I was in America, I was 28 by

then, and went to the local diabetes clinic

in Florida. I talked a little about the past,

and a nurse said to me, 'Gee, m'am, that

would have been the heat affecting your

blood glucose.' All that time, and I'd never

known, no one else had either, it would

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seem."

Just before her 16th birthday, Coutts

and her mother moved back to England.

She left home soon after, "I'd had an oldschool upbringing;

mum worked hard,

you did as you were told, and you are

grateful for food on the table. I hadn't

been coddled, I was independent and

hard working. On returning to England, I

ended up getting my first horse yard, just

as I turned 17."

While in Africa, Coutts had done a lot

of horse riding. She says, "From the age

of seven, I just loved horses but initially

couldn't afford lessons. Finally, I could

afford some and was talent-spotted a

few years later. At the time, and even

now, Africa was quite behind in terms of

diabetes care - I had no changes in kit

for years. I was just lucky to get supplies.

In the UK, things did improve. I'd always

attended clinic, and now people sat down

and actually explained diabetes to me, the

fact the insulin could take a while before it

continued over

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