Take Control & Live

Teresa Rose
By Teresa Rose Latest Reply 2015-03-13 00:56:47 -0500
Started 2012-05-07 18:07:21 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on May the 13th 2011. It's almost been one year. Last year this time I was on several different medicines and I had many different health issues. I still have Diabetes and I still have some health issues but I have come a very long way since last year. I have turned my life around in more ways then one. I am now able to manage my Diabetes properly with diet and exercise and I have learned to manage pain so that I don't have to take so many pain medicines. Last year this time I was taking an abundance of medicines. I weaned myself off of the medicines that I absolutely didn't actually need. I was worried about ruining my liver. I changed my diet. I started exercising by doing small simple things like walking, stretching. I also got my first job after being a stay-at-home Mom for 35 years and raising 4 children. I feel so much better since last year & I'm living proof that you can turn your life around if you set your mind to do so. I was so tired of being down, I had to take charge and do something about it or I was going to die. I made a decision that I was going to Do everything that I could do to be healthy and live.

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D's got Diabetes
D's got Diabetes 2015-03-13 00:56:47 -0500 Report

That's the spirit, it took me a while to come around and face T2 and attack it with a change in diet and shortly an excercise program, just because we can no longer eat and drink the way we used to doesn't mean the end of the world, it's an opportunity to make changes that affect your health in a positive manner.

Anonymous 2015-02-01 17:01:50 -0600 Report

Loved this posting. It made me ready to do a better job of staying in control of my type 2 diabetes. I vote for doing something to help me stay alive too.

Lakeland 2014-12-13 21:07:40 -0600 Report

that is the good thing about diabetes, we can control it, you can't control things like cancer, but this you can & you don't need anything special to do it, just watch what you eat & walk — that's the good news

KEC1257 2012-08-12 12:23:17 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa Rose! Thanks for your inspirational story. I'm just starting on this journey and it helps to see someone else who has gone through it and triumphed.

mystikfairy61 2012-08-11 00:58:01 -0500 Report

WTG Teresa Rose!!! My husband and I were just diagnosed in April 2012, and I have been on 4 different diabetic meds and think I finally have the one that will work for me. BG levels started out with Glucophage in the upper 100's for fastings and now I am running in the 90's on current one. I am on quite a few meds as well but have already come off of two that I was on and want to come off more. My cholesterol has come down from almost 400 to 136 and triglycerides are down to 192 from near 400 as well. Taking baby steps, want to start exercising but with my arthritis I am trying to find some I can do. Thanks for the motivation!!

JSJB 2012-08-10 15:28:42 -0500 Report

It's always great to hear good news. It can be controlled but not cured (yet). It is just another way of living.

ConnieMarie 2012-08-10 10:16:30 -0500 Report

1/5/10 i was in the hospital when i was told i had diabetes…stay strong & take the small victories as they come…slow & steady wins the race… Good Luck in your journey toward Revolution against Diabetes & taking charge of your life :)

TeriG 2012-07-30 16:35:00 -0500 Report

Like some of the other stories, I was diagnosed with Type 2 two years ago in June. Thought it was a life sentence. I followed the doctors orders, got educated and began my journey. Two years later, I've lot 86 pounds and my doctor is ready by year end to start reducing my meds. I had some other medical issues going on as well, which have since disappeared. While this is not a disease I'd wish on anyone, I am grateful it came my way because it was what I needed to wake up, get healthy and start living a real life.

Type1Lou 2012-07-29 13:15:18 -0500 Report

Congratulations Teresa! Living with diabetes is a constant challenge but you have proven that with determination and making the right choices we can manage our disease and live a very good life indeed.

vicky5 2012-07-28 14:19:10 -0500 Report

Like you, exactly one year ago I came face-to-face with high blood sugar, elevated cholesterol, and my fast food, junk food, and soda diet. The dr. told me what I did at that point would determine my lifespan. That was a wake-up call to say the least. One year later, I've lost 20-25 lbs, have transformed what I eat and the amount I eat, and exercise regularly, particularly walking. I have managed to stay off medicine, lowered my cholesterol back to a normal range, and my last A1C was 5.1%. It hasn't always been easy and I still get angry/depressed at times that I can't just eat everytihing I used to. But I know this course of action is best for me overall. I still have much to improve, but I'm getting there!

Bluegill88 2012-07-28 14:13:23 -0500 Report

You are are a living proof that you can do what you have to if you want to. Your action has done you good, and I hope that your action will encourge others to do the same as you have done. Keep up the good job that you are doing.

terrilynnmerritts 2012-07-28 13:12:59 -0500 Report

That is great Teresa. When I was diagnosed 9 years ago, I started studying diabetes as if it were a course, learned a lot, and turned my life around. Now I am able to help people learn more about it and save my own life at the same time. You did just what you needed to do and are an inspiration.

dietcherry 2012-05-18 01:54:53 -0500 Report

Im so very proud of you Teresa having watched you come a long way since you joined here! Love you Lots girl/friend and keep on fighting the good fight !!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-11 06:09:45 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa Rose, wow this is a great story. Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration to all and we know how hard it is every day to live with D and to constantly make the right choices! At the end though it's all about US and how we feel! So pat yourself on the back you've come a long way!

deelicious72 2012-05-10 17:30:16 -0500 Report

i am a new member i was diganosed 2 days ago, i was very depressed but this gives me hope! thanks for your story

MsBugzee 2012-07-28 13:41:29 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a year ago and I was terrified. I wouldn't eat bread or crackers, nothing with added sugar and I was so careful. This group is very helpfu and I hope you will visit often. My BG was 128 and my doctor sent me to Diabetes Ed. classes. That helped a lot. I have lost 40 pounds and my BG runs around 96-115.the other thing that thrilled me was my A1C was 5.6 which continues to improve. A day at a time, a meal at a time. Inch by inch it's a cinch.

terrilynnmerritts 2012-07-28 13:14:17 -0500 Report

I know how scary it is in the first year, deelicious72. Read all you can about diabetes and knowledge will make you feel more empowered.

Caroltoo 2012-05-10 17:46:33 -0500 Report

Oh, do be encouraged. There are a number of us who are medication free and doing very, very well. This is a wonderful site to share ideas, hopes, sadness, and get going again. You can live well, despite living with diabetes.

Harlen 2012-05-09 14:23:19 -0500 Report

Way to go get em ,You are a lot like me I went after it like a mad man lol lol
I am doing so much better now then I was DX .
Keep up the great work
Best wishes

draco59 2012-05-08 15:53:32 -0500 Report

That’s wonderful Teresa, it to a lot of will power and strength to do what you did……. I commend you in what you have accomplished, and wish you continued success in your efforts. You are a wonderful example of what can be to if you really want too and you are an inspiration to us all, especial to the the young people on here, who, whine and complain about its ruin their life’s and they’ll never be able to do things. They need to take a lesson from you…… :-D
Thank you

MewElla 2012-05-08 15:40:24 -0500 Report

Congratulations for stepping up to the plate and taking the driver's seat in your life. You have done a great job. Lot's of days it is not easy but something we have to do in order to stay as healthy as possible. So happy for you!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-05-08 09:36:11 -0500 Report

Thank You All very much !!! I just got so tired of being down and one day I just decided that I had had enough and my health problems weren't going to get the best of me any longer. I decided that I was going to be an overcomer and do something to change my life. I want others to know that they can be overcomers as well !!!

GabbyPA 2012-05-07 20:58:24 -0500 Report

This is great news. Anniversaries are good reminders and it always is amazing how far we come in just a year. Congratulations my friend.

Caroltoo 2012-05-07 19:06:56 -0500 Report

Exciting changes, Teresa. Guess this answers the question I posted on your post a few minutes ago. Congratulations! So happy for you!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-05-07 18:13:13 -0500 Report

I'm working 3rd shift so I will be on here early mornings and later in the afternoons after I've slept. I so hope that this post will help to encourage some of you to take charge & turn your life around. Bless you all !!!

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