Arthur Richard, 58, is living with type 2 diabetes and has developed nerve damage, a long-term complication of the disease. He lives in Winnipeg.

Arthur Richard

What the Diabetes Charter for Canada means to me

The Diabetes Charter for Canada will help people with diabetes to be listened to by their health-care providers, who can help by diagnosing people with diabetes as soon as possible and helping them understand how to get the help they need from the health-care system.

My diabetes story

I have diabetic neuropathy (also known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage). It means I have uncontrollable pain in my body, especially in my feet and hands. I used to be a machine operator for a shipping department, but since 2005, I have been on disability because of the pain.

One of the big challenges was to find a doctor who could listen and help me. It took seven years to be diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy. Finally, I have good doctors – an endocrinologist (a physician who specializes in a disease that affects the glands, such as diabetes) and a neurologist. I also manage the stress of the pain by making an effort to maintain my sense of humour.

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