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Living Healthy With Type Ii

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In early January of 2011, I was diagnosed with Type !! Diabetes, and I was devastated! I have seen the results of ignoring this disease, and know that horrible things could happen if I do not make some serious changes. This is a life or death fight. If I don't make changes for the better, the disease will change me for the worse. Living with Diabetes is like climbing a mountain. You have to put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward!


The first thing that I did was join SparkPeople, and start tracking my food and exercise. I signed in every day, and I read an article about Diabetes. As I committed to the program, and I gained a support system. I depended on my SparkFriends, and they are my best friends in the fight to stay healthy. Hiking on the Diabetes trail requires encouragement!


Next, I learned about the food that I eat. Every week, I made changes to my diet. Slowly, week by week by week, my life started to change. I started eliminating foods with sugar and cutting out extra carbs. My husband joined the fight, and things got easier.

Next, I went to a Diabetic Specialist. I had the help of my doctor and listened closely to what she had to say. I asked questions, and got my answers. She also encouraged me to get in my 8-9 glasses of water ever day.

After that, I spoke up! I told my friends "I'm not going to eat the whole piece of cake. I have to make changes if I want to stay healthy!" I would always take one bite of something that I loved, but often had to throw away the rest of it. I do not want to ruin my life over sweets and carbs.

Finally, I look ahead! I look at the joy of seeing my grandkids grow. I am going to be able to hike, bike and run with them. I am going to be an active part of their life and a good example of health and joy. I talk with my friends who have not yet committed to a healthy lifestyle. We can live healthy with Type II Diabetes, but we have to be willing to change if we want to reach our summits in life!

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Member Comments

  • emoticon I am so proud of you! - by LILORITA
  • Nice job living with diabetes!
    I have been living with my diabetes challenge for close to 30 years!
    Keeping my A1c at 6.0 & under for 25 or more years, all but the first few years.
    emoticon - by PYNETREE
  • Good job! This can be reversed! - by CHERYLHURT
  • The photos here were taken on our hike up Mt. Lincoln in Lincoln, NH in August of 2010. I have lost a about 10 pounds of weight since then. emoticon - by JSTETSER

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