DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES IN 2004

On Being Diagnosed

“My grandmother had diabetes and because I’ve been overweight my whole life, just about, I think that I was always a candidate for it.”

“I was really on top of it. I watched all the numbers, I ate all the right foods, I was really serious about it and I thought I needed to make sure that this didn’t get the best of me. I remember asking my doctor, ‘Well, you can’t die from this, can you?’ She didn’t say anything and I went, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right.’ So I was very diligent in the beginning. Not so much now.”

14 YEARS WITH DIABETES

On Living with Diabetes

“I get frustrated that I don’t see results right away, or that I start to be good about what I’m eating and drinking and then all of a sudden something comes up, or I get dissuaded by something that looks good, and I tend to go with that as opposed to being mindful.”

“I don’t tell a lot of people. I think sometimes people blame a person with diabetes and I know if there’s a birthday or a cake or something, every now and then there might be somebody who says, ‘Well can you eat that?’ It’s like a bad reminder of what I should or shouldn’t be doing and it’s coming from outside. That makes it feel even worse.”

DQ&A COMMUNITY MEMBER SINCE 2012

On dQ&A

“I’m feeling encouraged that somebody is asking. Really, it’s kind of like, wow. They’re following up on something. Somebody’s taking this information and doing something with it.”

“Even though it’s anonymous, basically, and there’s nobody that I can put a picture or a face with, it still feels like somebody cares. It just feels like all the times that I’ve filled this out it mattered. It feels very personal.”

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