She writes to tell her story

She was 26 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October 1994.

But Ms Poh Lay Hoon, 46, a Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent, did not hide her condition from others.

She said: "I didn't see a need to be fearful."

Within a year of her diagnosis, Ms Poh, wrote and published a book in Mandarin titled Taming Diabetes: The Story of a Journalist's Personal Battle with Diabetes.

It was a personal account of her struggles with diabetes.

"I felt the need to raise awareness about diabetes, as there were many misconceptions about the condition that have to be corrected through education," she said.


She finished writing the book in 50 days.

Twenty years later, it has been republished.

Ms Poh initially considered writing another book, but decided on a republication instead.

"I felt that the main concepts of dealing with diabetes, such as the importance of having discipline, are still applicable today," she said.

She said: "I've added a chapter at the end to summarise how my life has been for the past 20 years."

Ms Poh will have a book-signing session at the Diabetic Society of Singapore's event Managing Diabetes Made Easy, on Nov 23 at 10am at Suntec exhibition centre, held to mark World Diabetes Day.

Ms Poh's book will be available for sale at the event. It is available at all major bookstores at $13.