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As wasteful and tragic as Adams death is, if this website helps to raise awareness and saves just one life, then that would be one of the best tributes to Adam that I can think of. Erol
In all the time I knew him I think Adam went to the doctor perhaps four or five times. Observers often associate this behaviour with a degree of arrogance or a false assumption of invincibility, however I feel that the personality trait that lends itself to this destructive pattern is one of fragility of confidence and an internalised suspicion that ones own problems are insignificant in importance next to other people's. One thing that Adam's unfortunately shortened life should teach us is that we have a duty to our loved ones to keep ourselves healthy. To do this successfully we need to be as committed to our own care as we are to the care and nurturing of the people we love. Paradoxically that means sometimes being selfish enough to think only of ourselves. Although Adam's life and talents are unique, his death and the tragic circumstances around it are not. Adam was a wonderful friend and I will always miss him Paul Thorley
A friend forwarded the link to me. I'm awaiting the results of a blood sugar test, and am currently having NLP as a way of helping me break my sugar addiction. My younger brother was diagnosed diabetic 4 years ago aged 36, yet it's not in the family and he's not the sugar fiend I am. Since some of the symptoms on the web site are familiar to me over recent months, I am keeping fingers crossed all will be well when the results arrive, but meantime I have, I hope, changed my lifestyle for good. I'll be buying plectrums and wristbands for myself and friends. Bless you for this website, and may Adam be making beautiful music among the stars. Sky
I heard about Adam on the radio this morning – LBC 97.3 read out details… I used to compete against Adam at the Liverpool Music Festival. He could play Chopin and Liszt like no-one else – he had such large hands – whereas I would play Mozart and Bach (hands are very small…). He was always so charming and really genuine… as well as being very talented. Am gutted to hear what happened to him, particularly so young – life ahead. Would certainly be happy to help with anything if I can… Simone
Our 2 year old son Ben had an ear infection and was put on antibiotics, but at the same time began having restless nights and became increasing thirsty and excessively wetting his nappy. We took him to the doctor and it was all put down to the ear infection and the body flushing the infection out. I said that the symptoms matched those of our friend’s child who is diabetic and could he do a diabetes test. Our doctor did a finger prick test following our request and almost fell off his chair when he saw the results. Within an hour we were in hospital where we stayed for four days. Ben is making great progress now. If you are worried or suspect any early symptoms please do not accept no for an answer and persist until you are tested for diabetes. My wife and I fully support any organisation promoting the recognition of diabetic symptoms and diagnoses. My family did not know Adam but from reading this site, it just demonstrates what a tragic loss of life which did not need to happen. Phil, Cheryl and Ben Adams
I have just come across your wonderful web site following a search of my late sisters name (Sarah Jane McNicholas) I am humbled that you have chosen to include Sarah Jane's story on such a wonderful site. God bless you all and keep up the great work, I think your aim is so important anything at all we can do to help please let us know. Our fight goes on so that we can rest in our peace knowing that we have done our bit to make this world a safer place for diabetics. Mike McNicholas
I would like to say how touched I am at seeing a website to Adam, I am a diabetic myself and currently doing research for college, as I will be studying Nursing in university next year, on the ignorance and awareness of diabetes, I too feel that it is so important for people to be more aware of just how severe undiagnosed diabetes is, and that fact that Adam was not the only one who has been failed by the people we trust most to get it right. I have been living in Swansea for 2 years and the ignorance of people I have come across is unbelievable. Andy Clarke
Just over a year ago I was feeling very ill and lost over a stone in weight in just over 2 weeks. My skin was paper thin and my trousers were falling down! I went to the doctor reluctantly as I was concerned he would put the weight loss down to an eating disorder – which he did ask first! He sent me for a routine blood test which he didn't expect to show anything. Luckily I went for the blood test straight away and within an hour was admitted to hospital with a blood sugar of 37. It was over New Year and if I hadn't gone for the blood test it is unlikely I would have survived the weekend. I am now a Type 1 diabetic with a 5 injection a day insulin regime. It is fair to say that I have a reasonably normal life, but not the same one I had before! Keep up the good work, it is really important that people understand the symptoms – especially for Type 1 which is a silent killer. Louise Walker
I strongly support your campaign having had an 18 month old who nearly died from undiagnosed diabetes in 2000. I took Tom to my GP having followed a simple flow chart in a BMA children's illnesses book, and got to the name Diabetes Mellitus. I was so scared and confused, so when the GP just said he couldn't have diabetes as he was too young, it would be unbelievably rare, I believed him and accepted a diagnosis of gastroenteritus. To cut a long story short, Tom went though 5 GPs to be diagnosed. A lab test on his urine was sent back as negative when in fact it hadn't been tested at all. Not one GP did a dip stick on his urine which would have shown the glucose and got us to hospital. A few pence saved but a life almost lost. Eventually a GP did a BM on him and he was of course off the scale. Tom had to be incubated and went into a coma, was taken by ambulance to Guys and slowly rehydrated at the risk of brain swelling and serious damage. Guys were brilliant and they gave me my son. Jacqui Double
Our friend’s daughter nearly died due to misdiagnosis when she was under 12 months of age. Luckily after a scary 48 hours she recovered and is a happy little 11 year old. I know now that if I hear anyone saying they or their child is urinating a lot I automatically, without hesitation, ask them to get a blood test or urine check just to be on the safe side. Alarm bells should ring as soon as someone says they are thirsty or urinating more than usual. Sue Anderson
I was very sad to read about Adam in the article in The Standard on Monday (23.07.07). I have read the web site you have set up in Adam's name and think it is wonderful. I have a son James who is now 15. Similarly to Adam, he lost 7 kilos in a week and collapsed literally in the GP's surgery. He was taken to Intensive care for five days - His Diabetes is now pretty good. He is a wonderful pianist and rower. Jan Black
I was very sad to read about Adam in the article in The Standard on Monday (23.07.07). I have read the web site you have set up in Adam’s name and think it is wonderful. I have a son James who is now 15. Similarly to Adam, he lost 7 kilos in a week and collapsed literally in the GP’s surgery. He was taken to Intensive care for five days – His Diabetes is now pretty good. He is a wonderful pianist and rower.