DIABETIC Chris Bloor is hoping to raise awareness of what she describes as a 'silent killer'.
The 67-year-old was diagnosed with type two diabetes 21 years ago. The condition affects the body's ability to process sugar or glucose.
It means the 67-year-old has to inject insulin twice a day just to keep her blood sugar levels as normal as possible.
And she believes her condition has also contributed to her having being diagnosed with heart disease.
Ms Bloor was rushed to hospital during a holiday in Finland in 1998 after suffering five angina attacks.
Now the grandmother-of-three is urging other diabetes sufferers to take the condition seriously.
Ms Bloor, of Hollington Road, Tean, said: "Diabetes is a silent killer. Because you don't feel any pain, you are not inclined to do anything to help with your condition.
"It does take a while for some people to realise how serious it is.
"Some people don't accept it when they are diagnosed and they just carry on as they are.
"By the time some people realise, it can be too late because the damage is already caused.
"Diabetes affects many parts of your body including your organs, eyes and feet."
Ms Bloor is the chairman of the Diabetes UK North Staffs Voluntary Group, having joined the team eight years ago.
She was diagnosed with diabetes in 1993 when she was aged 46.
The mother-of-two said: "I hadn't been feeling well for a while, so I went to the doctors to get my blood tested.
"The blood sugar reading came up at 29, which was a lot higher than it should be.
"Back then, the normal reading was between four and seven. I was put on tablets to help control my blood sugar level, but I was not really told how serious the condition was.
"A few years later I went to an open day in Abbey Hulton where there were dieticians and medical staff to advise people on diabetes.
"After speaking to people there, then that I knew what I was up against.
"I had been avoiding having injections because I was scared of needles, but the advisers told me it would really help if I switched from tablets. At that point I was taking about 10 tablets a day to control my blood sugar.
"Back then, I don't believe there was enough information about diabetes at all. People had little awareness about it."
Ms Bloor had five angina attacks in 1998 while on holiday in Finland and was taken to hospital.
She suffered another attack once she arrived back in England. She said: "I had these attacks because my arteries had closed up. I had to have stents put in to open up the pipes.
"I believe my diabetes had contributed to those attacks, because the condition really does affect everything.
"My mum was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 80-years-old, but I don't know if it was hereditary."