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Changes I Made After My Diagnosis

When I was diagnosed with diabetes I must admit that life as I knew it would be over but in a good way. My diagnosis made me think differently. Therefore changes had to come.

Before my type 2 diabetes diagnosis

I had admitted to myself that I had in reality and in all honesty gave up on me unknowingly. I was digging my own grave and never even picked up a shovel. I was eating whatever I wanted and not thinking about the consequences. I was putting things in my body that was causing more and more damage with every bite and again I did not even know it. Yes, I knew that eating would cause me to gain weight but I was enjoying my life with only limited restrictions because of my hypertension. So before my diagnosis, I thought that I was fairly healthy and just needed to lose some pounds and I’ll be good… but I had to make some changes. I had to change my way of thinking if I wanted to live.

After my type 2 diabetes diagnosis

I started to do some research on type 2 diabetes. Funny the first thing I looked up was: “is type 2 diabetes curable?” At that point, that was all that mattered to me and I wanted to know where to start to cure this illness as fast as possible. But after research and more research, the internet did not give me what I wanted to hear. But after all of that research, I realized how serious this was for not just me, but my loved ones as well. I had to start taking back control of my life and quick.

I had to think differently and this is where changes started taking place in a positive way. Since that day back in 2014 I have made so many changes and it took me being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to realize that I was slowly killing myself and I wanted to stop the death sentence that I myself had served to myself. I wanted to do better to help myself and others. I started paying attention to what I was eating and the amount.

Lifestyle changes I made after my type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Before I would eat what I wanted with no regards to the amount of sugar, carbohydrates or anything outside of sodium. I actually look at serving size now. Before, my meal would have a meat, pasta, vegetable, bread, dessert, and a beverage; that meal consists of six things and four out of six of them would be packed with sugar. My pasta, rice or potatoes = sugar; my roll, biscuit or cornbread = sugar; my dessert = SUGAR; my beverage was something carbonated and/or sweet. Now I will have meat, a green and maybe a starch and that is a big MAYBE. My beverage is always something unsweetened or water. And I am ok with that. I love when change brings a positive outcome. When I see a positive outcome it makes me want to do it more. I did not work out before but after my diagnosis, I started every morning before work until I had a back injury which made working out a no-no per therapist orders but I am now in the gym which has helped with my numbers more. So I have had to make many changes because my diagnosis made me think different. It made me stop before I grabbed a doughnut. Now I don’t use sugar at all. This does not mean I never eat anything sweet but I think about what I’ve already eaten before I snack or anything. This helps me make better choices and has allowed me to take control of my life.

My life’s mission

My plan is to help others learn about type 2 diabetes. Many do not know what and why they are going through what they are going through. Many think they are alone but they are not. I like to share what I have learned and hopefully, it helps to save a life. People don’t know what they don’t know but we can help them to make positive changes in their life to bring a positive outcome.

What have you changed since your diagnosis and how has it helped you? I would love to hear your story.

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  • Corinna Cornejo
    5 months ago

    Like you Erica, my diagnosis changed my life. At diagnosis my A1C was over 13! With lifestyle changes and medication I brought that number down by nearly half in just under a year.

    There’s no cure for diabetes, but there is effective treatment.

  • Erica Franklin moderator author
    5 months ago

    Yes you are correct Corinna. Postitive lifestyle changes can make a big difference. The sacrifice makes it worth it when you see those numbers looking better. Thank you for your feedback. Erica – Community Moderator

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