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Eat right, drink right

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

AS the country joins the global celebration to mark World Diabetes Day today, an amputee has urged the nation to eat and drink right.

Sixty two-year-old Emele Vakacegu is also encouraging others who have lost either one or both limbs to diabetes to strive on and continue to live healthy.

Mrs Vakacegu suffered from diabetes and subsequently had both her legs amputated in 2003.

"I urge people to look after their life. Watch what they eat and drink," she said.

She said she had her own vegetable garden which she ate from everyday.

"I make sure that I eat the right food for my health. I plant my own vegetables. It is also a form of exercise for me. I have a strong heart, which keeps me going," Ms Vakacegu said.

She said life was the same for her because she did not look at her disability as a barrier to her achievements.

"Without the support of my family, I would have had not survived."

Ms Vakacegu said she struggled at first but now she could do anything.

"I can do the same thing as normal people do. I go to the garden, I cook and I weave. The only difference is that I have no legs," she said in an interview at her Raiwaqa home yesterday.

Like any other ordinary mother, she wakes up at 5 every morning to make roti to sell.

She weaves mats and makes doormats too which she also sells.


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