Shelley Hlymbicky (TheLongPointGirl)
I have been happily married to my husband for 30-plus years. We have two amazing young adult children: a daughter who is a high school teacher and a son, who is an employment counselor at a regional college. Where does the time go? The same can be said about my diabetic journey, which began with gestational diabetes in 1995 with my last pregnancy. After delivery, my body appeared to return to normal. My sugars returned to normal. I knew there was a risk for diabetes down the line, but I had no idea just how much at risk I really was. Fast forward 10 years to November 2005: all seemed good for the past 10 years; I wasn't diabetic. But then something changed. For 6 months before the diagnosis, I didn't feel good. Finally, I went back to the family doctor and asked the scariest question of my life: "Could this be diabetes?" Tests were run. Yes, I have type 2 diabetes. I am a PWD2 (person with diabetes type 2). I have lived through the ups and downs like many of you have. Even though our experiences may be very different, we will have a lot in common. We can journey together.
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