DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES IN 2000

On Being Diagnosed

“One day about 20 years ago, I had a stomach ache. I woke up the next day and I still had the pain. I remember I was so thirsty. So I drove myself to the doctor, and the pain was getting worse while I was sitting in the waiting room. They had me there for six hours and I was wondering what was happening. They were taking tests and then they turned to me and said, ‘We’re admitting you.'”

“I was petrified cause I didn’t know anything about diabetes. I thought you automatically lose limbs, that you automatically die. I thought about all the things I didn’t do, and now the end is near.”

“I was in the hospital three or four days, and when they released me, I was going shopping and reading all the labels and everything has sugar in it. I didn’t know what to eat. It’s like your mind is a shot glass and they have a pitcher of information.”

18 YEARS WITH DIABETES

On Living with Diabetes

“There was a while when I didn’t have any health care because it was $1,200 a month. That was almost more than my mortgage.”

“Maybe I’m old fashioned. I’ll just take the trusted medicines that have been out for decades. And then do the dance, watch my diet and exercise. They said eventually I’m going to have to go on to insulin and I’m trying to forestall that because that’s expensive now.”

“You can go, ‘Oh, I hate this disease. It’s making me stop.’ Okay, diabetes is horrible, but you can look at it as a blessing in disguise. If I didn’t have diabetes, I’d probably be 200 plus pounds. I probably wouldn’t be as active as I am. I probably wouldn’t be traveling or taking more advantage of opportunities presented to me, because I can say, ‘There’s tomorrow, I have enough time.’ I don’t take things for granted.”

DQ&A COMMUNITY MEMBER SINCE 2012

On dQ&A

“What I like about it is it keeps me grounded. It’s interesting because the surveys always ask you about the new drugs on the market. I don’t pay attention to them, so I’ve never heard of them.”

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