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GLUCERNABRAND
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11/21/11 1:33 P

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MICHELE142, we're very sorry to hear about your losses. But we're glad to hear you've taken a negative situation and found a way to help it motivate you to make positive changes in your life! We're looking forward to hearing your progress. SWAYZINE27612 and SOLSTICEWILLOWE, sounds like you're grandchildren are both a source of motivation for you! Here's a few tips on how to reach your goals. First, be sure to set small, realistic, specific goals for changes in eating and exercise. Start with small steps, and over time they'll add up to big changes. You might also think about what is getting in your way of reaching your goals, and then brainstorm ways to get around these obstacles. Remember you can always post here, and you'll get support and feedback from others in the Challenge. We're here to help!

~Brittany @Glucerna

Important Notice: Information provided by Abbott Nutrition and its representatives is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment by a trained professional. You should always consult your physician about any health care questions you may have, especially before trying a new medication, diet, fitness program, or approach to health care issues. Please use Glucerna® products under medical supervision as part of your diabetes management plan


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11/17/11 9:35 P

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In 2008 I had my first stroke which showed at the back of my brain. In 2009 while waiting for surgery I had my second stroke left side, the next day I had an endarterectomy for a carotid blockage. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol... now I have diabetes diagnosed only one week ago.

I have five grandchildren and two daughters and would like to see great-grandchildren... so here I am. Still dealing with the news and waiting for an appointment for diabetic education.

Solstice

In loving memory of Sally my guinea pig who passed on 28/01/08

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

What a long strange trip it's been... Jerry Garcia


 


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11/17/11 2:51 P

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I am prediabetic who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I had two mini strokes in May & June 2010. I almost lost my life. Those strokes, my grandchildren and the fact that I want my body to be useful for God's purposes are my primary motivators


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MICHELE142
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11/17/11 11:34 A

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My motivation was the death of my mother in1978 and the death of my sister in 2009 from complications of Diabetes and extreme obesity.

My mother was a registered Nurse asI am and I could not believe her reasoning and understanding of her health. Mom was diagnosed with Diabetes with the onset of Menopause
My sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she believed since she had MS she could not develop Cancer or Diabetes. She died of complications of Diabetes as my Mother had. Both, Mother and Sister weighted close to 300 pounds. My Mom was only 5'4", but my sister was 5 ' 6 " and both were solid weight.

My goal and challenge is not to be them. .

Michele - Northern Kentucky


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11/17/11 9:24 A

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MICHELE142, what has been your biggest source of motivation to overcome your challenges?

~Brittany @Glucerna

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11/16/11 8:26 P

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Never called anything a change, I called it a Challenge. There were many.
1. Started Weight Watchers.....lost 15# and was not on medication until 1978.


Those were the biggest the first years. No further big challenges until 1991.

Michele - Northern Kentucky


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11/16/11 3:19 P

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MSGEO1, 3HOUSTONS and DUTCHDAVE, accepting your diagnosis can be challanging - once you have, you're able to make positive changes, much like you're doing now! DSBRIDE, finding a doctor who makes you feel comfortable can make a huge difference. We're happy you have one now that has helped you make strides in the right direction. ElHaydon, thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like your taking the proper steps to take charge of your health by continuing to work with your doctor. Keep us posted on your progress. ICEANGEL222, glad to hear your making changes to improve your health and fitness. You'll find lots of helpful information here, plus support from others.
SWEETLIPS, we love your determination! Keep working hard! WOLFSWEET, you've come to the right place! You'll find a lot of support and encouragement from people in the Challenge!
MICHELE142, what was the biggest change you made once you were diagnosed?

~Brittany @Glucerna

Important Notice: Information provided by Abbott Nutrition and its representatives is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment by a trained professional. You should always consult your physician about any health care questions you may have, especially before trying a new medication, diet, fitness program, or approach to health care issues. Please use Glucerna® products under medical supervision as part of your diabetes management plan

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11/16/11 2:04 P

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Diagnosed in 1976 as Type 2, then in 1991 as Type 2 Insulin.

Michele - Northern Kentucky


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11/16/11 11:20 A

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Hi Everyone,

I found out I was diabetic several years ago and so far haven't had to go on medication. I've been able to keep my A1C under 6.5, but I've lost motivation over the last year. I think this challenge is just what I need to get me back on track!

Brenda
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1. Get under 220
2. Get ready for the 5k!
3. Meditation

If you have a body, you're an athlete!

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SWEETLIPS
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11/16/11 8:17 A

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I had major surgery and about six month later, I started to feel fatigued. I also started drinking everything in the house over a weekend and that following Monday, I went to the doctor and was then diagnosed. My pc doctor treated me, but with multiple illness, about 3 years ago, having a bout with hypothroidism ( thyroid cancer), admitted and got a wonderful endocranologist. I was not as consistent as I should be and then I had a major car accident, body experience a lot of trauma, lost bone and had to have rods, plates and screws - long rehab, and now, I am more determined than ever to get this disease in remission.



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3HOUSTONS
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11/14/11 10:50 P

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I had a good idea I was diabetic before being diagnosed but with the way my life was I just ignored it. Then after my mother passed away and life seemed to be getting back to normal I went to the doctor. The DX was not surprising and my doctor was wonderful so all went well. I just did not take it as seriously as I should have after the first couple of years.



ICEANGEL222
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11/14/11 10:21 P

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I am a "pre-diabetic", but I am treating it as though it is diabetes. My MD said we could just wait until it becomes "real" or start to treat it with diet, exercise and metformin. Been working with diagnosis for about 18 months now.


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DSBRIDE
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11/14/11 6:34 P

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I was 45 when I found out. My MD was so cruel about it and the way he treated me. I cried the rest of the day. I basically ignored it for a long time and then I found a new MD and started treatment and taking better care of myself. It doesn't run in my family and I got it and didn't want anyone to know. My parents think it's a death sentence and treat the person with diabetes like someone waiting to die. It's been 16 years now and they still don't know but my daughter and husband do and we cope with it.


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11/14/11 3:15 P

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I found out when I was 28. My husband and I had been married 5 years with no luck at getting pregnant. I nearly passed out at work and went to the doctor that day. I immediately started walking and dropped 20 lbs. I got pregnant and was able to go to my 5 month before having to take insulin. My girl weigh in at 4 lbs 16 oz and was 4 weeks early and strong as an ox. She went home on time. I stopped insulin after the birth and did not have problems until I was pregnant 4 years later with my son. 4 shots a day of insulin. He weigh 6 lbs and born on time. I had my tubes tied and 2 years later had a partial hysterectomy. I have yet to get good control, I have tried various medicines and have went to the doctor every 3 month. I walk and try to eat well. I recently join a boot camp type workout and have given myself until middle of december to see if I can't get this under control. If not then maybe there is other health issues. Beyond frustration and back again. This has been going on for 9 years. Sorry so long. Eva

ONE DAY AT A TIME SWEET JESUS.


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11/14/11 3:06 P

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I pretty much ignored it for 3 years



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11/14/11 2:40 P

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I was in denial 3 years maybe more. I am dealing with it now.


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GLUCERNABRAND
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11/14/11 2:32 P

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How did you deal with your diabetes diagnosis?

~Brittany @Glucerna

Important Notice: Information provided by Abbott Nutrition and its representatives is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment by a trained professional. You should always consult your physician about any health care questions you may have, especially before trying a new medication, diet, fitness program, or approach to health care issues. Please use Glucerna® products under medical supervision as part of your diabetes management plan


 
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