Ben Littlemore wants to start a diabetic support group in the Bay.
Ben Littlemore wants to start a diabetic support group in the Bay. Alistair Brightman

Ben wants sufferers to join up

FORTY-four years of fighting to survive type one diabetes and then discovering Hervey Bay has no diabetes support group, has led Ben Littlemore to decide to start one.

“I came to Hervey Bay to live 11 months ago but found there was no diabetes support group here,” Mr Littlemore said yesterday.

“I put an advertisement in the paper and got six phone calls from diabetes sufferers interested in joining such a group.

“But I would like to find more people. Lives can be saved and lives improved if people know more about their illness and how to handle it.”

Mr Littlemore, 68, who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a 24-year-old electronics apprentice in the air force in Wagga Wagga, has organised a room in Dan’Dinna house to hold meetings.

“The group needs to decide whether those meetings take place during the day or evening.

“We also need to organise professionals in the area of diabetes to come and speak to us.”

Mr Littlemore said he had learned to manage his diabetes over the years. “But I take up to five needles a day and I have lost the sight in my right eye.

“With a support group we can all help each other.”

Call him on 4124 1814.



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