My sinful joy

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Eliane holding a sweet biscuit.

Enjoying a sinful moment

Many people know me as a person living with HIV. So when I talk about my long-term fight with diabetes, they get surprised and often ask "Oh do you have a diabetes too?" Double trouble, that's what I call it. In my memory the symptoms of high blood sugar levels started in 1997, and I was officially diagnosed in June 1999 at age 21.

Back then I was living at a boarding school, and you cannot imagine how hard it was for me to cope with diabetes while on boarding school food. I had to stop that school year just one month before final A-level examinations. That year I did not abandon school only, I also had to give up on my favorite sugary and fizzy drinks, and many foods. Suddenly it seemed that everything delicious contained those unhealthy sugars! Continue reading...

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