Eduardo & Milly

DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES IN 2000

On Being Diagnosed

M: “We were in shock. We couldn’t even talk. I was watching the news and it says, ‘If you have these symptoms, you might have diabetes.’ I said, ‘Oh my gosh, those are the symptoms that Eduardo has.’ I didn’t even wait for him to get home. I called, made the appointment, and when he got home I said, ‘I think you have diabetes.'”

E: “When I got diabetes, I was kind of scared because all my family had just passed away because of these issues. The latest was my sister, she just died last year. Complications of diabetes. My brother too, from complications of diabetes too. Most of my family died because of diabetes.”

18 YEARS WITH DIABETES

On Living with Diabetes

E: “Like I say, if you don’t learn to take care of yourself, you know where you’re going. It’s not easy. My father lost his speech, and my brother lost his speech too. I don’t want that to happen to me. Especially now that I have a granddaughter, my life changed. I have to take care of myself now for her too, if I want to see more of her.”

M: “Having access to this new technology and these new prescriptions, it makes a difference. Don’t take me wrong, I’m not into medications. I wanted so badly for him to get off the medications, but I finally realized that he won’t be able to – he needs the medication. When he started [a GLP-1], it was much easier. We could see the difference. He lost weight, he was more controlled. Of course, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have to take care of himself, he still does.”

DQ&A COMMUNITY MEMBER SINCE 2012

On dQ&A

M: “We do your surveys together, because this is a team thing. We go over it and we say, ‘Okay, we’ve been doing this, we’ve been doing that.’ So it feels like a good checking point.”

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