Great survivor’s 71 years as a diabetic

Michael and Valerie Knights with his Diabetes  Society medals

Michael and Valerie Knights with his Diabetes Society medals

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BEING diagnosed with diabetes before the NHS was created meant poor prognosis, likely amputation and even death.

Michael Knights survived the threat of all these, thanks to the generosity of his father’s colleagues and a strict diet instilled by his mother.

Michael, 74, was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes, aged just three.

It was 1941, the Second World War was raging and it was seven years before the inception of the National Health Service.

His trip to the doctor – who predicted he would not live to old age – had to be paid for, as did subsequent medical treatment.

Fortunately, this and costly insulin supplies were paid for via a monthly whip-round held by his father John’s colleagues at a City bank where he worked as a clerk.

From the word go, Michael’s mother, Violet, always ensured his twice-daily injections were carried out at the same time every day, at the family home in Seven Kings, near Ilford.

Sweets were forbidden, all food was weighed to ensure the right balance of nutrients and meal times were on the dot.

Michael, of Alan Close, Eastwood, has avoided increased risk of heart disease, blindness, and infections, which can lead to amputations.

His wife, Valerie, said: “Michael’s mum was fantastic in looking after him.

“There was another girl down the street who had diabetes.

“Her mother wasn’t nearly so careful and she was dead before she was a teenager.”

Valerie adhered to regular meal times, although she admits the regime could be frustrating.

She said: “We could never have family days out and think, oh, let’s go for a meal, or let’s eat a bit later, because Michael just couldn’t.

“But he always sticks with it. He never ever cheats. I admire him for it.

“He is never tempted by things like chocolate, and if we have meals with friends or family, they always make something special for dessert.”

For several months after meeting, Valerie had no idea Michael was diabetic.

The family kept quiet because he had been spurned by his previous sweetheart, who called off their engagement when she realised the then life-limiting implications of the disease. It was only when Michael became ill the truth came out.

But Valerie, who had nursed her epileptic mother, was unfazed by the disease.

There was also prejudice with the illness and Michael, a commercial artist, was even refused work at a City advertising agency when his new bosses discovered he was diabetic.

He was then initially rejected from a post as a technical illustrator for Ford’s, in Aveley, when his condition came to light.

It was only the intervention of an uncle who worked there which ensured he got the job.

Michael suffered a stroke last year, which required major surgery and which has impaired his movement.

Despite this, the grandfather- of-six still manages his injections by himself, and refuses to use digital insulin pens.

His only ‘vice’ is smoking which he was told years ago would help him keep his weight down.

He said: “I am a bit old-fashioned because I still use a syringe. I just play by the rules.”

Maureen Austin, diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Southend Hospital , has been treating Michael for eight years.

She said: “He really has seen some changes over the years. People knock the NHS, but forget how everything had to be paid for before it came into force.”

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10:16am Mon 1 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

“I am a bit old-fashioned because I still use a syringe.

I dont think you are to be honest. Take a trip down a few alleyways or unused garages, and im sure there will be plenty there that the junkies in Southend use on a daily basis.
“I am a bit old-fashioned because I still use a syringe. I dont think you are to be honest. Take a trip down a few alleyways or unused garages, and im sure there will be plenty there that the junkies in Southend use on a daily basis. Basildon.lad.21
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11:15am Mon 1 Oct 12

152 says...

He is not alone in preferring a syringe - some diabetics prefer to mix their insulins into one injection rather than take two from different pens. Discrimination against
He is not alone in preferring a syringe - some diabetics prefer to mix their insulins into one injection rather than take two from different pens. Discrimination against 152
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11:59am Mon 1 Oct 12

aduksquack says...

It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone. aduksquack
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12:25pm Mon 1 Oct 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

aduksquack wrote:
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda
[quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.[/p][/quote]remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda beyond the valley of the asbos
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1:00pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Alekhine says...

What are the odds on the LibDems being gone before the NHS? None of the mainstream bookies will take a bet.
What are the odds on the LibDems being gone before the NHS? None of the mainstream bookies will take a bet. Alekhine
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4:23pm Mon 1 Oct 12

aduksquack says...

beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda
propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə|
noun
1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.


Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS.

So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.
[quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.[/p][/quote]remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda[/p][/quote]propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə| noun 1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda. Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS. So, not propaganda, just the plain truth. aduksquack
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4:49pm Mon 1 Oct 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

aduksquack wrote:
beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda
propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə|
noun
1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.


Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS.

So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.
the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue.
[quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.[/p][/quote]remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda[/p][/quote]propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə| noun 1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda. Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS. So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.[/p][/quote]the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue. beyond the valley of the asbos
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5:21pm Mon 1 Oct 12

aduksquack says...

beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda
propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə|
noun
1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.


Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS.

So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.
the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue.
Because it's got nothing to do with the story.

The NHS was founded by Labour. Fact.

Ever since the Tories have been doing their d@amnedest to dismantle it. Fact.

Now with the help of the LibDems they are doing exactly that and selling it off to private companies. Nearly every contract is going to a private company in which an MP is involved:

http://www.dailysham
e.co.uk/2012/09/sati
re/nhs-disbanded-and
-sold-off-your-mps-p
rofit-financially/
[quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.[/p][/quote]remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda[/p][/quote]propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə| noun 1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda. Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS. So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.[/p][/quote]the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue.[/p][/quote]Because it's got nothing to do with the story. The NHS was founded by Labour. Fact. Ever since the Tories have been doing their d@amnedest to dismantle it. Fact. Now with the help of the LibDems they are doing exactly that and selling it off to private companies. Nearly every contract is going to a private company in which an MP is involved: http://www.dailysham e.co.uk/2012/09/sati re/nhs-disbanded-and -sold-off-your-mps-p rofit-financially/ aduksquack
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5:29pm Mon 1 Oct 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

aduksquack wrote:
beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
aduksquack wrote:
It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much.

It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.
remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda
propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə|
noun
1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.


Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS.

So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.
the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue.
Because it's got nothing to do with the story.

The NHS was founded by Labour. Fact.

Ever since the Tories have been doing their d@amnedest to dismantle it. Fact.

Now with the help of the LibDems they are doing exactly that and selling it off to private companies. Nearly every contract is going to a private company in which an MP is involved:

http://www.dailysham

e.co.uk/2012/09/sati

re/nhs-disbanded-and

-sold-off-your-mps-p

rofit-financially/
i also note that you don't paste a dictionary definition of "fact". maybe you should look that one up...be sure you don't get it mixed up with "fallacy", "fantasy" or "fiction".
[quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: It's ok though, the coalition will soon have us back to that pre-NHS 'golden age' they ache for so much. It was Labour who gave us the NHS, and ever since the tories have sought to destroy it. Remember that when it comes time to vote, Tories and LibDems want the NHS gone.[/p][/quote]remember this post has been bought and paid for by your taxes employing public sector employees to spread labour propaganda[/p][/quote]propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə| noun 1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda. Hmm. Labour DID create the NHS. The Tories and LibDems ARE dismantling the NHS. So, not propaganda, just the plain truth.[/p][/quote]the dismantle part is your skewed (so biased and misleading) opinion so propaganda. noted that you don't address the "bought and paid for by the taxpayer" issue.[/p][/quote]Because it's got nothing to do with the story. The NHS was founded by Labour. Fact. Ever since the Tories have been doing their d@amnedest to dismantle it. Fact. Now with the help of the LibDems they are doing exactly that and selling it off to private companies. Nearly every contract is going to a private company in which an MP is involved: http://www.dailysham e.co.uk/2012/09/sati re/nhs-disbanded-and -sold-off-your-mps-p rofit-financially/[/p][/quote]i also note that you don't paste a dictionary definition of "fact". maybe you should look that one up...be sure you don't get it mixed up with "fallacy", "fantasy" or "fiction". beyond the valley of the asbos
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6:13pm Mon 1 Oct 12

aduksquack says...

The following MPs will ALL benefit financially from the privatisation of the NHS:

David Cameron
Andrew Lansley
Harriet Baldwin
Gregory Barker
Jake Berry
Simon Burns
Nick de Bois
Andrew Bridgen
Aidan Burley
David Davies
Jonathan Djanogly
Iain Duncan Smith (yes, that ****)
Philip Dunne
Michael Fallon
Mark Field
Liam Fox
George Freeman
Mike Freer
Richard Fuller
Dominic Grieve
William Hague
Philip Hammond
Margot James
Mark Lancaster
Oliver Letwin
Peter Lilley
Tim Loughton
Mary MacLeod
Francis Maude
Patrick Mercer
Maria Miller
Andrew Mitchell
Penny Morduant
Brooks Newmark
Jesse Norman
Stephen O’Brien
George Osborne
Richard Ottaway
Priti Patel
Jacob Rees-Mogg
John Redwood
Malcolm Rifkind
David Ruffley
Mark Simmonds
Chris Skidmore
Nicholas Soames
Andrew Tyrie
David Willets
Rob Wilson
Nadim Zahawi
Menzies Campbell
Chris Huhne
Robert Smith
Rosie Cooper
Alistair Darling
Frank Dobson
David Lammy
David Miliband
Owen Smith
Gisela Suart
Shaun Woodward
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
Well, Social Investigations can give you more background on each and every one of these thieves, sorry MPs, but let’s just focus on one or two so that you can get a flavour of what they’re getting out of the privatisation of the NHS:

Nadhim Zahawi, for example, is MP for Stratford-on-Avon, and is also non-executive director of SThree, who specialise in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector. They’ll make more money by supplying staff to private healthcare companies. Hoorah for Nadhim! Moneys coming your way soon!

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, took money for speaking at an event hosted by Quiller, who lobby for Capita – they’re hoping to run NHS Direct, by the way.

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. He is non-executive Director of Idox PLC who provide software & managed services to the NHS Health Libraries Group. Oh, and lots of private healthcare companies.

Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield, has shares in Reckitt Benckhiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca and Standard Chartered Health Insurance. Let’s hope those shares go up soon, eh? Oh, they will? How nice is that!

I can’t even be arsed to talk about the Lords and how much they’re making (billions in some cases).

That’s what your politicians are doing. They are paid by private healthcare companies and companies who provide them – or they have shares in them, or they speak for them, and they coincidentally sell off the NHS to the private healthcare companies. There must be a link somewhere, I just can’t find it…
The following MPs will ALL benefit financially from the privatisation of the NHS: David Cameron Andrew Lansley Harriet Baldwin Gregory Barker Jake Berry Simon Burns Nick de Bois Andrew Bridgen Aidan Burley David Davies Jonathan Djanogly Iain Duncan Smith (yes, that ****) Philip Dunne Michael Fallon Mark Field Liam Fox George Freeman Mike Freer Richard Fuller Dominic Grieve William Hague Philip Hammond Margot James Mark Lancaster Oliver Letwin Peter Lilley Tim Loughton Mary MacLeod Francis Maude Patrick Mercer Maria Miller Andrew Mitchell Penny Morduant Brooks Newmark Jesse Norman Stephen O’Brien George Osborne Richard Ottaway Priti Patel Jacob Rees-Mogg John Redwood Malcolm Rifkind David Ruffley Mark Simmonds Chris Skidmore Nicholas Soames Andrew Tyrie David Willets Rob Wilson Nadim Zahawi Menzies Campbell Chris Huhne Robert Smith Rosie Cooper Alistair Darling Frank Dobson David Lammy David Miliband Owen Smith Gisela Suart Shaun Woodward Dr Alasdair McDonnell Well, Social Investigations can give you more background on each and every one of these thieves, sorry MPs, but let’s just focus on one or two so that you can get a flavour of what they’re getting out of the privatisation of the NHS: Nadhim Zahawi, for example, is MP for Stratford-on-Avon, and is also non-executive director of SThree, who specialise in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector. They’ll make more money by supplying staff to private healthcare companies. Hoorah for Nadhim! Moneys coming your way soon! Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, took money for speaking at an event hosted by Quiller, who lobby for Capita – they’re hoping to run NHS Direct, by the way. Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. He is non-executive Director of Idox PLC who provide software & managed services to the NHS Health Libraries Group. Oh, and lots of private healthcare companies. Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield, has shares in Reckitt Benckhiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca and Standard Chartered Health Insurance. Let’s hope those shares go up soon, eh? Oh, they will? How nice is that! I can’t even be arsed to talk about the Lords and how much they’re making (billions in some cases). That’s what your politicians are doing. They are paid by private healthcare companies and companies who provide them – or they have shares in them, or they speak for them, and they coincidentally sell off the NHS to the private healthcare companies. There must be a link somewhere, I just can’t find it… aduksquack
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