Dr Amira Howari
Living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years certainly isn’t a walk in the park. I will never forget laying on the hospital bed shy of nine years of age looking up at my mother and promising that one day I would share with the world the untold truths of diabetes (#unspokendiabetes). I was only just diagnosed but I could already sense my world was about to turn upside down. The syringes back then, the finger pricking, the carb counting, the highs, the lows, the ketoacidosis, the coma, the stigma, the endless doctors appointments, the risks of complications, the warnings of falling pregnant, the reduced life expectancy and the increased risk of complications the longer you lived with diabetes. To a nine year old it was a slow death sentence.
Fast forward to today and I work in the healthcare field as a clinical optometrist with a special interest in diabetes eye related conditions. I lecture on diabetes and clinical eye care and freelance write and present sharing both a medical and personal perspective.
Everyone has a story. Each unique in its own right. Mine incorporates living with my husband (who also has type 1 diabetes- and no we didn’t meet at a diabetes camp) and my two beautiful boys, as a health care professional certainly didn’t make me immune to diabetes related complications with a transplant being my most recent chapter in my diabetes journey.
Diabetes and diabetes management is multidimensional. For long term management to be impactful and meaningful it needs to be patient centred, individually customised and holistic where the two-way conversation influences how we go about management.
My hope is that I can be a voice and a catalyst connecting both health care professionals and patients to close the gap in diabetes health care and well being- having worn both sets of shoes.
My doors are always open.
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