We with chronic health issues
visit doctor and nurses for medical
checks, prescription repeats. We are
told to eat healthily, exercise regularly.

Yet trying to discuss diet and exercise
with these health professionals brought
little reply except blank smiles, polite
listening noises. Other tell the same story.

This year our medical centre staff
attitudes are changing. “Upskilling”
they call it. They are recognising
skin cancers, so common among the
elderly who burnt in the sun years ago.

When I talk to my doctor now about
fitness classes and workouts, she
discusses it with interest, understands.

The diabetes nurse paid attention as I
told of the effects of my fitness
exercises, adjusting my diet.

What relief to have these conversations
as I integrate varied aspects of health
with better informed professionals.