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Tony and June, 1952

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Tony and June, 1952 June, at time of diagnosis June Hill, 2004
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Interview 92 Tony Hill

Family member
Born in Birmingham in 1928.


Overview: Tony`s wife, June, developed diabetes in 1960. For over twenty years, he took little interest, because she remained well, he was busy, and `with any illness, people…tend to find it boring`. He became more interested after she went on tablets in 1983 and he discovered that members of his workforce had diabetes. After she began insulin injections in 1995, he read more about diabetes, accompanied his wife to local branch meetings of Diabetes UK and - `much to June`s disgust` – he monitored her blood sugar levels. Now, despite her eyesight problems, they play bowls, swim and `thoroughly enjoy life still`.

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Please note that Overview relates to date of recording 26 February 2008

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1 Tony and June moved to Oxford in 1980 and it was there that June was prescribed tablets and Tony became aware for the first time that people at work also had diabetes. [ 60 secs ]

2 June had to go on to insulin as a result of being very ill in hospital with liver trouble, possibly unconnected with diabetes. It was from that time on that Tony’s interest in diabetes intensified. [ 60 secs ]

 
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01 Birmingham. Devon. Council & Grammar schools. Apprenticeship, Bristol Aircraft. Bristol car planning. Rovers, Solihull. Motor industry until 58. Ministry of Defence until 65. Met wife when nearly 21. I`m 79 now – together over 50 years. Her mother`s diabetes only evident after our marriage.
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02 Married 11 years before June developed diabetes. Bought house. June active – athletics, theatre. I was busy at work. Son born 1959 – post-natal depression. 3 years later, developed diabetes. Stiff regime. Little impact on me.
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03 Mother-in-law had diabetes from 1950s – regarded it lightly. June stricter. Good GP. Moved to Oxford 1980. June began tablets. I became more interested – mainly because of people at work with diabetes.
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04 Went on to insulin when seriously ill in hospital. Was going to have transplant, but recovered. I became more helpful & organising ‘to June`s disgust`. Managed on holiday. Didn`t affect social life.
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05 I wasn`t involved until after she went on insulin - very ill when she came out of hospital. I wanted to know what was happening. Fascinated by lectures at OCDEM organised by local Diabetes UK branch - stopped going when moved from Churchill hospital to church hall.
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06 I wanted clarification. Before, I found it boring; now researched it on Net, looked at June`s magazines, attended meetings – helped to realise could deal with some aspects, but not others – eyesight, feet.
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07 Helps to know re complications, to take action. June`s eyesight affected – given up driving. Still active, but diabetes has had general effect. Patience important – not to say ‘you`re a ruddy nuisance`! In our late seventies we enjoy life.
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