Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases of the world. Millions of people from around the globe, from every walk of life, brave this chronic condition every day. It’s a condition that requires constant care. It requires absolute adherence to prescribed medication and diabetic-friendly lifestyle.
Living a healthy, happy and normal life with diabetes is nothing but heroic. So, we thought that the world should know about these heroes and their stories. We thought their stories are worth telling!
Today, we have such a story. It’s the story of a common man from Patna. His journey, from the time he was diagnosed with diabetes, till now has been nothing but inspiring.
Background: Mr. Bipin Kumar Sinha is a resident of the vibrant city of Patna. He is 62 years old and works as a contracted reporter at the Bihar Vidhan Sabha. Mr. Sinha was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in April, 2001. For the last 15 years, he has lived with diabetes and has never ever considered it a handicap. His story is now before you:
The Diagnosis: It was the month of April in the year of 2001. Mr. Sinha was busy supervising the construction of his house. He had to do a lot of running around and that was when the symptoms first manifested. He felt uneasy ad tired. His health deteriorated rapidly. As is very common, Mr. Sinha had no idea that these symptoms had something to do with diabetes. He decided to rest for a few days and see if his condition improved. After four days of rest, there was no change in his condition. He was then advised by his peers to get a check-up done.
“At that time, I had very limited money and I did not want to waste it on a visit to the doctor. Someone told me about a compounder who lived near my house. I was told that the compounder was very good with medicines and could cure my affliction easily. So, I consulted the compounder.” Mr. Sinha told us.
However, Mr. Sinha’s condition worsened after taking the medications prescribed by the compounder. This was the time when Mr. Sinha decided to consult a doctor. Later, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“I had no inkling that it was diabetes. No one in my family had diabetes and I led a relatively healthy lifestyle. I was not particularly fond of sweets either; so, it was a shock to me when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes”, Mr. Sinha recalled.
Living With Diabetes:
“After the initial shock, I braced myself for the upcoming battles I had to win against diabetes. I was determined to not let it affect my life much. Sure, there were some changes I had to being to my lifestyle but nothing drastic”, Mr. Sinha said.
Mr. Sinha never really let diabetes take hold of his life. From the very beginning, he was determined and focused on ways to combat and keep at bay the disease. Initially he was prescribed a medication that was supposed to control the blood glucose levels in his body through urinal discharge. When that did not work, he was prescribed Insulin shots by his doctor.
When we asked him what lifestyle changes he had to make, along with the insulin shots, to keep his diabetes in check, he had this to say –
“I did not really have to make drastic changes in my lifestyle. The only major change was the fact that I gave up sugar completely. I started using diabetic-friendly sugar substitutes. I was and still am in the habit of walking 4-5 kilometres daily. The only time I face difficulties is when I am travelling and in my profession I have to travel a lot. Basically, I have to ask the chef or the waiter about the serving times before I can take my medication. Sometimes, it so happens that I take my medication but the food gets served late. At those times, I feel helpless. “
Support from Family and Friends: Mr. Sinha was very upfront about his diabetic condition with both his family and his friends.
“I never thought of hiding my condition. I have to live with it and I know I would need the support of my family and friends in managing my diabetes. I still speak with my wife about it. I told my children about it.”
After 15 years, Mr. Sinha is quite positive that it was the right thing to do. He wants people to talk about it so they can learn and educate others about diabetes.
He said, “Tomorrow if anyone has diabetes, they won’t know how to deal with it unless they aren’t vocal about it. Even children should be educated about it and taught how to handle it.”
“I do not fear diabetes. I was ready then and I am ready now to fight diabetes. I want to chase it away.”
Well, that’s the indomitable spirit of Mr. Sinha. Talking with him was an inspiring experience for us and we are not going to forget it soon.
Stay tuned. We will be back with another awe-inspiring story next week. If you have a story to tell, please contact us or leave a comment.