Afra is a former print journalist, news editor and award-winning feature writer turned online content editor, radio presenter and pro-blogger.
With a teacher and a journalist as parents it is unsurprising that Afra first started to create “newspapers” as a very young child, moving on to the real thing after graduating.
She met her husband in 1991, married in 1992 and moved to an idyllic English village just outside London.
Now writing under the name MadMumOf7 she is — you guessed it! — a mother of seven, dealing with menopause, type 2 diabetes and fibromyalgia.
Her writing style is best described as lighthearted as she believes maintaining a sense of humor can be useful when dealing with sometimes intimate issues.
Afra describes her approach to dealing with her own healthcare issues as “determined” and is open minded to considering all forms of treatment and medicine, including mainstream and homeopathic. This reflects in her articles, which are always thoroughly researched and often draw on her own personal experiences.
A number of things can cause difficulty getting a good night's rest. If you're experiencing diabetes and insomnia, ensure you get to the bottom of it!
If your loved one has recently received a diabetes diagnosis or has been a diabetic their whole lives, here are some tips for living with a diabetic.
Does diabetes cause weight gain? The answer is yes and no. Unintentional weight gain can be caused by medication, lifestyle, and diet choices.
One of the things diabetics often worry about is hypoglycemia - their blood sugar dropping dangerously low suddenly and unexpectedly without them noticing.
Are bananas good for diabetics? If you're diabetic, you may have heard many misconceptions about diabetes and bananas. Get the facts about the two here.
Managing diabetes and blood sugars also include taking an active role in nutrition. Afra shares her healthy eating tips for diabetics.
Unless you suffer from celiac disease, eating gluten-free and diabetes may not go together. Learn more about the possible risks of a gluten-free diet here.
Diabetes is no barrier to travel, but plan ahead to make sure you minimize the risk of problems. Check out these tips before traveling with diabetes.
Going too long without eating can wreak havoc on blood glucose. Try these healthy snacks for diabetics next time you need a quick, nutritious fix.
Gardening is fun, but when you make a direct impact on your health it makes it a lot more purposeful. Afra shares her tips on diabetes and gardening.