How I became involved in the study?
I had a heart attack and was treated at Papworth Hospital & developed diabetes after that, some years ago now. I was so pleased with the treatment I received at the James Paget generally afterwards, and was offered the trial. I went from death’s door to how I am now. I had a letter from my doctor about the study and a phone call from one of them to see if I was interested. I had an appointment booked with my doctor to discuss it and he said it was him who put me forward. I normally see the practice nurse twice a year, once for my heart and the second for my diabetes, my MOT. In the trial I see Research Nurse Helen (pictured below with John) and Jane (also a Research Nurse) so I get more regular check-ups than I would have normally.
Pretty good! The nurses and doctors are all so friendly and nice. It’s so worth doing. We’re retired too so that helps because we don’t have to fit it around work or anything. I’ve been on it three years now and always enjoy coming in.
How did I feel about being approached to participate in research and the consequent visits we’ve made?
I was really happy to take part. How do people learn and get medicines better for people without this? Its nice getting looked after and being seen to be kept an eye on. Helen is so, so lovely and easy to get on with – we talk about our holidays as well and she’s just been climbing. Jane is really lovely too – she covers Helen when she’s off. Dr Myint (Diabetes Consultant & study PI) is just amazing too.
What would I say to the other people who are thinking about participating in research?
Pauline (John's wife) and John together without hesitation “Go for it”.
You’ve got nothing to lose. One of the biggest things is that they stress you are a volunteer and can withdraw anytime, that’s the thing, so why not.
Is there anything else at all you would like to add?
I think I’m doing a bit of good for medical research by doing this. It's for friends and family and everyone.
If someone hadn’t done what I’m doing now, I probably wouldn’t be here.
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