In a perfect world this section wouldn’t exist but I want to be open and transparent as I have absolutely nothing to hide from anyone.
Type 1 Diabetes. (Since 1988)
Pretty self-explanatory I am controlled by an insulin pump and oral medication as I became resistant to insulin. I also wear a sensor on my arm for fast testing of glucose/blood sugar levels while I am trackside.
Diabetic Retinopathy. (Registered Blind 2015)
Again pretty easy to understand but for the record as of today I have no vision in my right eye and about 25% in my left.
Nerve damage to my internal organs, in particular my stomach, liver and kidneys.
This is the big one, nerve damage to my hands and lower legs and feet, no effective treatment currently available and sufferers have been known to saw off their own limbs in an effort to relieve the pain. I cannot begin to describe the pain associated with this and it affects every aspect of my life.
Really easy, constant pain everywhere.
Somehow the nerve damage has also reached my ears and now I permanently wear hearing aids in both ears.