Welcome to Living With Diabetes
This site was
founded with the belief that there is life after being diagnosed with
Type 2 Diabetes. No one asks to be diagnosed with a life-threatening,
life changing disease. In the 21st century, a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis
is no longer a precursor to blindness, amputation and all the other
horrors you might think. You can enjoy living with diabetes!
I was diagnosed as a
Type 2 Diabetic in January of 2007. A silent disease, I was unaware that
my blood glucose level was rising to toxic levels. At the time of
my diagnosis, my A1C
(an indicator of long term blood glucose levels) was off the charts at
11.5. I had all of the classic symptoms of untreated diabetes--excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, failing vision, yet I was
unaware of my downward spiral.
New Years Day found
me Googling my symptoms as I had the impending feeling that there may be
something seriously wrong. When my searches all pointed to diabetes, I
called my doctor. A test in the office the next day confirmed my
diagnosis. My first reaction was one of horror. I was extremely
ill and seemingly the last one to know about it.
For years, diabetes
was a word I had heard on the news, mentioned in the press, but never
paid any attention to. All that changed in two ticks of a clock.
The first few weeks after my diagnosis were tough. Though I was directed
to a nutritionist and certified
diabetes educator, my first appointment was a couple of weeks
after my diagnosis. I was terrified to eat the wrong food, missing my
pre-diagnosis life, and facing what I perceived to be a future of
uncertainty and medical complications.
Time has now proven
that most of my early fears were groundless. I am indeed living with
diabetes. Knowledge is indeed power,
but "faith without works is dead." The first few weeks found me on an information quest. Two
statistics came to light very early on. According to the American
Diabetes Association, an estimated 58% of individuals
diagnosed with T2D can bring the disease into remission with diet and
exercise alone. The ADA site also posted this interesting fact: over 80%
of diagnosed T2D diabetics remain overweight. Amazingly, most diabetics,
when presented with a solution, choose to retain their old lifestyle.
I made the decision
to live in the solution. In the weeks following my diagnosis, I was
presented with a diet plan by my nutritionist and an exercise plan by my
primary care physician. In the months that followed my diagnosis, I
dropped close to 90 pounds and now bike 15-30 miles daily. My most recent
medical check showed my diabetes is now under control. Yes, I am a "58
percenter." Diet and exercise have effectively controlled my
In November 2009,
national publication Spry
Living Magazine published my tale of victory over types 2 diabetes. With
a reach of close to 10 million in circulation, my hope is that others
will see that there is hope! Read
the Spry Living Article here>>>
My goal is to now
show others what I have done and share skills I am learning that have
helped control my diabetes.
A Note of Thanks
to My Diabetes
There is an age-old
saying that states, "occasionally good news comes under the guise
of bad news." Such is the case in my life. Since my T2D diagnosis,
everything has changed in my life. Life has taken on new meaning. I have
a deep and genuine appreciation for life. Time spent with those I love
is more precious than ever. Watching my children smile, talking time to
gaze at a sunrise, or just looking at the stars in a clear evening sky
as I take my nightly walk are all gifts that my diabetes has presented
to me. Gone are the days of excess that helped contribute to my illness.
A new lease on life presented itself when I started living in the
you have been recently diagnosed, or know of a friend or loved one with
diabetes, my hope, my aspiration is that the information presented here
will offer you hope, help and comfort. I have discovered that there is
such a thing as Living With Diabetes!
New: Guest Blogger
Elizabeth Carrollton writes about
Alternative Solutions to Control Type 2 Diabetes.
Elizabeth's Blog Here>>>