Tonight I was at a monthly board meeting. One of the board members graduated from college in 1946 and diagnosed with diabetes in the 1950's. has been married to his wife who he met in college. He went into the military and married his wife when he was 30 years old. He has never been on insulin and turned 90 years old several months ago. I never knew that he is diabetic. Since retiring he and his wife have traveled all over the world and has been to every state in the country except for Alaska.
He is very active, does a lot of traveling and has been married 60 years to his college sweetheart. What was interesting when we ate dinner, we had the same food on our plate. There was a choice of fried or bbq party wings, salad, baked potato wedges with garlic and rosemary, Crab Cakes that he made, rolls and salad dressing. Everyone was raving about the salad and asked him why he wasn't eating it. He said he does not eat salad dressing unless he makes it because he is diabetic. I said same here.
One of the members on the board is a nurse and she asked him what was the differences he saw in being a diabetic today as opposed to when he was diagnosed. He said the difference is better treatment for the disease. He said there was no one to teach him about the disease other than to tell him not to eat sugar. He said as treatment progressed so did he.
This man should be the poster child for Diabetes. He still does everything he enjoys in life. He said what makes him mad with people who have diabetes is they either won't accept it, look for quick cures, won't call their doctor when they have medical problems and most of all think ignoring it will make it disappear. He has had friends who died from the disease and have lost limbs. He said most of them were diagnosed in the 80's and 90's.
He said he does not eat vegetable from a can and only eats frozen if he can't get it fresh. He makes his own dressings for salads from fresh herbs that he grows. He exercises everyday and has managed to keep his A1C at 5.0 for the past 20 years. He isn't on medication these days. He said that if you are diabetic you can still enjoy life with the choices you make. He is as feisty as ever and loves having fun. He is taking his wife out dancing tomorrow night for their date night. She is 89 years old. I asked what he was doing for New Years Eve. He said he is making his sweetheart a candle light dinner and then he is going to have his first dance of the year with her at midnight. He is a self taught gourmet cook.
I keep saying just because you are diabetic does not mean your life is over. You can still do all that you want to do. It is all about the choices you make. I plan to live a long life and enjoy every minute of it.
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