All about our resident expert Mary
I am the special agent of change. I have been described as the diabetes problem solver - I like to think of it as my super power! I help people leave the diabetes behind and live the life they really deserve.
One of my clearest memories when I was a rookie student nurse was looking after Robert who came in for treatment on a diabetic leg ulcer. The medical team at the hospital were doing everything for him they could and still his condition worsened. I was with him every step of the way as the ulcer progressed and ultimately his left leg was amputated below the knee.
Robert walked into hospital and left in a wheelchair. He has always stayed with me - I was very green and a student nurse at the time and it still didn’t make sense to me. How can something as simple as sugar cause so much damage? How is it so difficult to control? I didn’t realise it at the time but that was the seed planted - the first step to what I do now.
I do what I couldn’t do for that lovely man, give people their lives back, make sure that nobody ever again walks in and leaves in a wheelchair - not on my watch! It’s been over a decade since I have been helping people get their health back. I often think about Robert and wonder what happened to him and wish I could have helped more.
I have helped hundreds of people just like Robert make changes to what they eat easily. Each person is different, some want to take the fast route to being free of diabetes. Others prefer the slow and steady approach. Each person is unique. But what they all have in common is to get free from type 2 diabetes for good.
What I have also learned is how to make it ‘stick’. Once diabetes is left in behind that’s where it needs to stay! Nobody ever want diabetes once, let alone twice. The first year of being diabetes free is the most important period of all.
My clients call me the ‘ninja’ - I don’t tell them what to do, there's nothing they can’t eat - they will just find themselves making the right decisions naturally. I give them all the information and let them know the difference between real and processed food and make it frictionless to get on the right path.
I have to admit to being a science geek and it runs through everything I do. If it has been properly researched and proven to be helpful then I incorporate it into what I do.
I feel so lucky to be part of turning the diabetes tide on person at a time.
We are on a mission to turn the tide of type 2 diabetes. It is our duty to make sure nobody suffers in silence.