STRONG-WILLED diabetes sufferer Adiceva Laqo is living proof that early detection makes a difference.
The Vitogo, Lautoka villager said she was fortunate she found out early "because it changed my entire lifestyle".
The 63-year-old widow said she had no choice but to change her eating habits.
She also undertook an exercise routine and says it has a positive impact on her life and health.
"When I was first diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2010, I was really shocked, because it didn't occur to me that I could get it," she said.
"But I'm glad that I found out then because once I did, I changed everything about my situation.
"I have a garden at the back of my house, which I look after every day, and this is where I get all my meals from.
"I really thank FRIEND for all they have done for our village.
"I would not have known about my diabetes if they hadn't come and checked me.
"They helped me get to where I am today."
Ms Laqo was a guest at a celebration hosted by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises N Development (FRIEND), marking World Day for Non-Communicable Diseases.
A leader of the village women's group, Ms Laqo made it her business to ensure all the women have their own backyard gardens to source their meals from.
"This has really changed the outlook of our villagers, as well.
"Our village has close to 600 people and they all plant and eat healthily now.
"This is what a healthy living is all about — awareness and practice."