DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES IN 1989

On Being Diagnosed

“I was pregnant with my first son. It was scary, because I had no clue what gestational was. I ended up having to go on insulin right away because I was pregnant. “

“If you don’t change your eating and really watch it, it turns into diabetes eventually. Mine turned almost within a year and that’s because I didn’t do what I should have done.”

30 YEARS WITH DIABETES

On Living with Diabetes

“It’s been a long journey. You have a disease that you have to deal with 24/7. You can’t say, ‘the heck with it, I’ll get back on tomorrow.’ You don’t feel like it? Too bad. You’re always on.”

“Now that I’ve had it for a while, a lot of other little things are showing up, and they’re all caused by diabetes. From not doing what I should have done at the very beginning. I don’t think it clicked with me to really understand how diabetes is a silent killer.”

“When I went to Weight Watchers they said, ‘what is your why?’ I had never thought about that. What do you mean ‘why’? They said, ‘well there’s a difference between a goal and a why.’ My why is I want my A1c to be in a normal range – a better range than what it is. My goal is to be in a nice dress, a smaller size, for my daughter’s wedding in April.”

DQ&A COMMUNITY MEMBER SINCE 2010

On dQ&A

“Sometimes I don’t know if companies really understand the problem. Sometimes it’s like, look, you really need to pay attention to this, because unless you’re a diabetic you would not understand. That’s why I answer your guys’ surveys.”

“I do your surveys because I want to see a change. I hope for improvements, that’s why I do them, because I feel like my voice is not gonna be loud enough. But it could be loud enough through you guys.”

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