I’d like to introduce you to Kathy. She’s a Mom, Wife, works full-time in Marketing, and loves books. And by the way, she has Diabetes. She was diagnosed on May 20, 2012 – a life changing date for her. Her life does not have a lot going on it it…she could squeeze in fighting Diabetes. Let me tell you, Diabetes chose the wrong girl!
When her doctor told her she had Diabetes, Kathy’s first thought was, “I’m too young for this.” You see, Diabetes is a great leveler. It does not show favoritism or discrimination. Diabetes is available to all at just about any age. There are no height restrictions like in a theme park. No age restrictions; you aren’t carded before Diabetes will attack you.
In Kathy’s case she was in that age group of 25 to 45 years old that just figures they are too young for disease. But, she took the negative of Diabetes and turned it into a positive by getting healthier over-all to insure she will be there for her boys. They are what motivate her to keep eating right, exercising and taking her meds. And, in making herself healthier, her entire family got healthy! Take that Diabetes!
What did the motivation of her sons accomplish? The happiest day of her Diabetic life when she received an A1c of 4.9; down from 8.0, which was where she started. (Okay, is there such a thing as Diabetic Envy?)
Before becoming a full-on Type 2 Diabetic, Kathy had Gestational Diabetes. When her Ob-Gyn called Kathy to give her the news, she was able to hold it together long enough to find a girl friend at work and an empty conference room in which to cry – she was scared about the young life growing in her and the effect this diagnosis would have. Kathy’s fight began the moment she stopped crying. She did everything right and gave birth to a wonderful son. For Kathy, and millions of others, it just does not get any better than holding a healthy life in their arms for the first time.
Diabetes effects families in different ways. For some, it actually divides relationships: those with Diabetes eat one thing while everyone else has the ‘good food.’ For others, like Kathy and her family, they grow closer and healthier together. She has created a family of food label readers – they know what they eat! Even her young boys read labels and have come to wonder why so much of our food has ingredients that come from a chemistry lab. I’m with the boys and have wondered the same thing. As a result, I have developed a rule: If I can’t pronounce it, I really try not to eat it.
Diabetes is the ‘secret disease.’ We all seem to hide from one another and it’s really pretty easy since People With Diabetes don’t look any different than those who don’t have the disease. Kathy wishes she could find a support-type group made up of people around her age who have already faced some of the challenges she is facing. It would be so much easier if she could learn from their experience instead of the trial and error she is going through.
Kathy is fighting her War On Diabetes and winning. She’s winning for the sake of her sons. She’s winning so she can have a life that is not defined by Diabetes. She is fighting and winning because she is following three basic steps: Diet, Exercise and Meds. She found out first-hand they work.
One of the many things Kathy does is review books for a blog. I love reading her reviews. In fact, she almost made me run out and read Shakespeare. Please, take a few minutes and read her reviews of classics and contemporary work. She is incredibly entertaining.
Folks, Kathy is fighting and winning. You can fight your own War On Diabetes and win, too. You can take back your health and life and live it to the fullest.
As always, thank you for reading.
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