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This website presents 100 audio interviews with people with diabetes, members of their families and healthcare professionals.
  New interviews, with family members and healthcare professionals, have been added to the original interviews with people with diabetes. The original interviews can still be found easily by clicking on the menu above or button below.

They talk with passion and humour about their experiences from the late 1920s until the first decade of the 21st century and provide a unique oral history of life with diabetes and changes in treatment over eight decades. 

Their stories are offered as a resource for historians, healthcare professionals, people with diabetes and their families, and all those interested in the ways people remember and make sense of their lives. This resource is available free, but by using this site you are agreeing to our terms of use.  

We provide full unedited recordings, short audio samples, written summaries, full transcripts, an inter-active database, and facilities to search for words, phrases and subjects. The menu also includes a glossary and a page of items provided by the interviewees (Extras).

The transcripts contain notes of slips of the tongue and other mistakes and omissions, but we recommend listening to the voices too, because accents, intonations and emphases convey more than writing.

The website is based at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and was funded by the Wellcome Trust. It has won Oxford University's 'IT in Teaching and Learning Award' and been chosen by the Wellcome Trust as a 'Research Highlight


Getting Started
The interviews are divided into three categories.  If you want to search one of these and read an introduction to it, then click on your chosen category below.



Interview (random selection)
 


Born in Uganda in 1954.
Diagnosed Type 1 in Uganda in 1965

Overview: Bena was born in the Kigezi District of Uganda, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. She was diagnosed when nearly 12 and then shunned by children who thought diabetes was contagious. She lived on chapattis and spinach and a bitter vegetable juice thought to cure diabetes. When Idi Amin expelled Ugandan Asians in 1972, her family came to England, and she was delighted to be allowed to eat a wider range of food. She eventually married an Englishman and had two daughters. She works as an office administrator, in a social services department that supports disabled children.

There are also interviews with Bena`s daughter, Emma and her husband, Terry.

  Click [Here] to view
 

 


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