Family Members
Click to change to People with Diabetes or Professionals
   
June and Charles, 1946

To view image in larger window click on desired thumbnail. Click again to enlarge further.

June and Charles, 1946 Charles, 1934 Charles when young
Charles and son, 1950s Charles and June, Diamond Wedding, 2006 Charles with 70 year medal
 June, 2007 83. 01 1935 - urgent admittance to hospital 83. 02 1935 - Perfect school attendance before diagnosis
83. 03 1935 - what to take to hospital 83. 04 1950s Urine testing, from BMA booklet by R D Lawrence 83. 05 1958 - From Wellcome booklet
83. 06 1977 - From Wellcome booklet
 
 
Interview 83 June

Family member
Born in Dolton, Devon in 1928.


Overview: June`s husband, Charles, was diagnosed with diabetes at Barnstaple Hospital in 1935, when he was ten. After leaving hospital, he didn`t return for a check-up until 1957. He missed two years of school, as it was too far to walk and he had to look after his own injections, urine tests and diet, because his mother had seven other children. After June married Charles in 1946, his diabetes made little impact on their lives. He disliked blood testing and did urine tests until around 2004, when June did blood tests for him. June developed Type 2 diabetes twelve years ago.

Please note that Overview relates to date of recording 17 October 2007

 Short samples

1 Charles had few problems in managing his diabetes in adult life, but he never forgot the traumatic circumstances of his childhood diagnosis and he recounted them to June. [ 60 secs ]

2 When June and Charles got married shortly after the Second World War, they had little money for food and there was not much food on sale. But June thinks that their need to produce their own food meant they had a very healthy diet. [ 59 secs ]

 
 Available interview tracks
From here you can listen to any tracks that are of interest or read the transcript. If a track is highlighted this indicates it contains the subject you searched for. Clicking [Play On] will play the entire interview from that point onwards.

Where an interviewee refers to a particular item, there is sometimes a picture of that item among the thumbnails beneath the interviewee’s main photo and in the Extras section.
To play all interview tracks from the beginning, please click the [Play All] button here.
01 Born 1928. Left school at 14. Met Charles 1945, married 1946, 3 children. Husband one of eight, poor family - diagnosed 1935. In Barnstaple hospital 3 weeks. Off school 2 years.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
02 Looked after himself. Weighed food. Later, brother developed diabetes.
Charles thought he`d die. Dad cycled 10 miles to visit.
Off school 2 years – injections, urine tests, long walk to school. Failed medical to join forces. Married 1946. Cycled to factory.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
03 Insulin free. Lived with parents, then council house. Home-grown food – healthy diet. Didn`t use diabetics` extra fat & protein rations.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
04 Moved to Torrington, 1957. First check-up since 1935.
Regular meals. Children could deal with hypo & became used to injections.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
05 Dinner 12.14, tea 5.00. Didn`t travel. On holiday, didn`t tell people he was diabetic.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
06 Not monitored for over 20 years. Bunsen burner, then Clinitest tablets. Only started blood tests 3 years ago – I did them.
Didn`t like human insulin – changed back to pork.
Went to eye specialist.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
07 In his 30s, hospital every 3 months – blood test Tuesday – returned Thursday for result – lost pay. Later eye test showed eyes good & chiropodist said feet good.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
08 No complications. Recently, Paget`s disease. Lived normal life, though would like to have joined Navy. Had Jaffa cakes, beer. Wore medallion engraved ‘diabetic`. Hypos only at home. Collapsed once. I gave glucose at night.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
09 Quarterly tests at Barnstaple, then six monthly at Torrington GP – good care – After I developed Type 2, saw us together.
I`ve been diabetic 12 years – keep well. Charles had chocolate. I mustn`t – temptation.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
10 Low sugar never made Charles aggressive. Charles took 70-year medal to surgery. He ate some sugar, but avoided fat. Now more emphasis on fat than sugar.
Local Torrington nurses & Barnstaple specialist nurses good.
After Paget`s disease, preferred to stay at home. Only impact of diabetes – regular meals.
[Listen] [Full Text]
[Play On]
Transcript
The full transcript of this interview is available to view.


You may download the full transcript from here.


Extras
Extra items provided by the interviewee can be seen by clicking below.


Oral History of Diabetes © 2005 - 2016 | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Built by Within