Arthur Clapp - Type 2 - Townsville
Arthur Clapp, 70, from Townsville worked on the railways for 41
years, for most of that time as a train driver.
Then diabetes cost him 65% of the vision in his left eye, which
lost him his job.
"I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1992. I knew something
was wrong but I was shocked. I weighed 120kg. I lost 30kg in six
"I was on a diet, and running and swimming. I had to throw away
all my clothes. Then I lost the vision in my left eye and my job. I
now weigh 76kg.
"The diabetes has affected my lifestyle: I can't drive at night.
I can't use computers because I can't see the print. It's hard to
read my favourite paper, the Townsville Bulletin. I have to use a
magnifying glass. I'm still a pretty healthy guy."