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My Diabetic Journey...Blog #1

Thursday, May 04, 2017

What started this journey was a death in my family. My oldest sister, who was 14 yrs older than me, had type 2 diabetes! She was a fun loving and sweet person. She had 2 masters, one in Elementary Education and the other, Librarianship. She was the best storyteller. She loved to travel, whether it was sightseeing with family or on a field trip with her students to Disney World, an educational trip to Yellowstone park or to Washington, DC or with fellow-teachers to European countries. She had many talents, she could sing beautifully, play the piano and do all sorts of crafty projects...

Unfortunately, she had a hard time getting control of her diabetes, which is easy to understand. She was on a diet at first and then pills, then insulin. Diabetes robbed her of her later life, she had macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage to her hands and feet even though she lost no appendages.

The last year of her life she was on dialysis as her kidneys were failing. It was so hard watching someone you love so dearly dying... They kept changing her ports for dialysis as her veins kept collapsing. I spent the last 2 wks of her life in a cot hard by her hospital bed, in an assisted living home, so if she got up in the middle of the night, she would wake me up first. Let me tell you that it is difficult to watch someone slowly die.

By this time Hospice had joined her team. I can't speak more highly of an organization than that one. Very caring people doing a very difficult job!

On August 10, 2012, she passed away with all her siblings, Terry and myself, by her side. She was 2 months shy of being 69 yrs old (I was 55 yrs old at the time).

Six months earlier I found out that I was pre-diabetic. Terry warned me, as a good, nurse oriented big sister should, that I better get a grip on my diabetes early or this could be my life...


My sister, Penny

Penny, Terry and myself
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  • GRAYGRANNY
    Losing someone you love to that terrible disease is heart breaking. My entire family are/was diabetics....so far I am sitting on the fence....a brisk 30 minute walk after a meal so far has kept it in check.....then a heart attack nearly 2 months ago gave me the boot in the butt again to keep it in check...although not easy, I intend to be around to see my great grandbabies do some growing up.
    Sorry for your loss and good luck in keeping your diabetes in control! emoticon
    557 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    Knowledge is power. You can do this. Check out Dr. Jason Fung's blog: Intensive Dietary Management and his book 'the Obesity Code'. Best thing I ever did for myself. I'm also glad you're on the Paleo team. Ancestral eating has saved my life.

    I'm sorry about your sister.
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    559 days ago
  • JINLYNN
    emoticon It is a very hard experience to watch a dearly loved family member die. It was a blessing for her, and you, to be there during her last weeks. Your blog was a good reminder to me that I need to get a grip on my pre-diabetes too. Thanks Ruth-Ann for sharing such a difficult memory, but a much needed warning. You have been working so hard and are getting great results - your journey is an inspiration to me.
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    560 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2017 12:39:52 AM
  • ANNIE1114
    I am so sorry about your sister. She sounds like she enjoyed her life. emoticon
    561 days ago
  • GET2BEFIT
    Sorry for your loss
    561 days ago
  • MOMMY2JJ2
    Sorry for your loss. emoticon
    561 days ago
  • KITTYLANE7
    I have friends who have followed the No sugar No Flour diet, it worked for them. They controlled their blood sugars and some were taken off their medication by their Doctor,
    561 days ago
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