Case Study 1
Tina Thorpe, 56 from Dulwich, has metabolic syndrome. This
includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic
kidney disease and retinopathy. Tina used to work as a nurse in the
army before being diagnosed with lupus in 1986. She had to leave
her job and found it hard to come to terms with the diagnosis and
civilian life. This led to inactivity and emotional eating to cope with
“There was not enough time to discuss the whole picture with the
GP – even with a double appointment. I found it really difficult to get
guidance and support and had to shout for any services I received.
“I needed help from someone who could look at me as a whole person. It would have really
helped to have on-going support for my weight management to keep up my morale and give
encouragement if I felt myself slipping back into old ways.
“Finally, one doctor – a rheumatologist - sat down and listened to me and explained that I
had metabolic syndrome and the connections between all of my illnesses. I was finally
referred for help and I am now motivated to change.
“I have lost over two stone and I want to start working again. I have been involved in
developing a new healthy weight service in Southwark. I have also shared my experience of
services with the CCG to improve the way they work for other people. I want to be healthy
once more and feel health professionals should be aiming for their patients to feel excellent
and not just ‘ok’.”