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Surviving Type 2 Diabetes

When I jumped the fence after being prediabetic I was devastated. My Dr sent me to a diabetic educator and I took my husband. It was overwhelming to grasp this change in my life.

Starting to feel better

We got really good information and I started to read all labels on food purchases. I got off to a great started trying to cook and eat the right foods. Started going to the YMCA. Yoga helped a lot. I got my A1C to 5.4. I lost 10lbs.

Other stresses and difficulties

Then my dad got sick and I had to start caregiver mode. It’s become very hard to prepare the right foods, can’t get to the YMCA and under stress being with and helping my terminally ill Dad.

A1C jumped to 5.8 now I have a diabetic coach to try to find a way to get back on track before it gets out of control. Got a lot of hurdles to jump through.

My doctor encourages me

My Dr encourages me by saying I’ve come a long way, don’t beat yourself up. Look at where you were at when Diabetes set in and where you are now.

Time changes everything so I know this caregiver responsibility will not last forever. Until then I’m trying focus on taking care of myself and my Father.

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 month ago

    I like the attitude you and your doctor have on this koda2002. He/she is right. I used to complain about my A1C going up a tad bit or a gain of a couple of pounds. My dietitian would basically tell me the same. One time he told me to go and grab a backpack and put in about 70 pounds in it and walk all over with it. I asked him why would I want to do something like that. He smiled and told me that was how much I had lost in a very short period of time to remember where I had been and started from.

    Keep up the great work that you’ve been doing Koda. You have a great doctor there.


  • Kelly Dabel, RD moderator
    3 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story koda2002. Congratulations on making such great strides toward improving your health. Your doctor sounds very wise in encouraging you and focusing on all that you’ve done. So glad you’ve been able to find a coach to help you even while spending time with your dad. Tending to your own health is so important, especially when you are pouring into those you love. Keep it up. We appreciate you being part of our community. Best, Kelly, Community Moderator

  • Samuel Taylor moderator
    3 months ago

    We appreciate you sharing your story with us, Koda2002.

    It sounds like you have made really great changes in your life since your diagnosis. Reading labels on food packages and getting in to more activities is always a great thing.

    Your A1C is also in a good place and loosing a bit of weight, in a healthy way, is not a bad thing at all. I hope that you keep up the great work and continue to feel better.

    Please let us know how you’re doing. You are always welcome here in our community.

    -Samuel, community moderator

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