Part of the DESMOND Programme

Patient of the Year

Clare nominated by Eleanor Gemmell, Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG – Administration Team

Snip20141106_2Diagnosed in 2013, Clare attended a DESMOND course. The course has helped her shed two and a half stone, going from a size 16 to 10. Her cholesterol has gone from 5.8 to 4.2 and her HbA1c has dropped from 58 to 48.

Prior to diagnosis Clare felt unwell for sometime.

She had unparalleled personal tragedy in her life and experienced panic attacks. Clare attended DESMOND with her dad. Clare says DESMOND “was an eye opener” and that “it changed everything”.

DESMOND gave Clare the tools to turn her life around. Clare eats a healthy diet, she described the major changes to her diet: “What I loved the most was the Saturday night takeaway has become a Saturday night buffet with tasty healthy options like skinned drumsticks with spicy coating, home-made oven baked fries (man pipers, boiled, cut then dry roasted), salads and a fruit cocktail.”

Clare’s attitude to exercise is also impressive, with a commitment to walking twice a day covering five miles.