Marci - Greensboro, NC

Updated:Sep 3,2010



Age: 47
Name: Marci W
Location: Greensboro, NC

Summary:

I would tell anyone struggling with diabetes this: Do EXACTLY as your doctor tells you. Small changes really do add up to big, big results. Don’t ever give up, it is worth everything to keep trying.

 

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in December 2005 as part of my annual physical exam. I was also diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. These conditions were in addition to asthma.

As you may have already guessed, I was also obese; weighing in at over 300 pounds. During my first visit to my cardiologist, after reviewing my grim lab results, my family history of a sibling having a heart attack at 36, along with my physical examination and symptoms, he set up a couple of tests.

Then came the moment that changed my life: my doctor looked me square in the eye and very calmly told me “You will not live to 50 unless you loose the weight.” It’s not like I didn’t not know that I was killing myself with food and inactivity, or like I have never heard similar prognosis from other doctors before.

That day, in that very moment, his words “clicked” and so profoundly affected me, it literally changed my life, and almost 3 years later, I still get choked up thinking about it.

I attended my first diabetes class. One point really stuck with me. The instructor kept talking about the importance of exercise and diabetes, yet it was the most often overlooked aspect of treatment. She used an example of asking the group if any of us would not take our medication(s) because it was raining, or if anyone would eat all the sweets/carbs we could get hold of because it was cold outside, and of course no one said yes.

Finally she asked how many don’t exercise because it is cold, or wet, or we’re tired, and there were many hands that shot up. She drove home the point that diabetes cannot be well controlled unless all 3 treatment areas are met.

The very next day, I started parking away from the door at my workplace. It was only about ¼ of a block, not much, but it was all I could do at the time. In early February 2006, my doctor completed the heart catheter with very good results. I immediately joined a ladies only work out facility and began a 45 minute workout 3 days a week.

With my eating plan all worked out to limit carbs, the right meds combination, and exercise, the weight began to come off. No risky surgery, no gimmicks. Even better, I was starting to feel better than I had in years. As the weight came off, I exercised more, as I exercised more, more weight came off. I had been on the vicious cycle of just the opposite for so long, it was WONDERFUL to reverse it.

Fast forward to December 2006, the one year mark. At that annual exam, I had NO high cholesterol or meds, NO high blood pressure, or meds, NO sleep apnea or CPAP machine, an A1C of less than 6 with Metformin only, and asthma completely under control. And, I had lost about 140 lbs. to boot! Today I am a very healthy diabetic grandmother who is looking forward to 50 in just a few short years. My total weight loss is just under 180 lbs. I exercise everyday and I love it. I ride my bike to work most days, walk 2 miles at lunchtime every day that weather permits, I take yoga and plan to teach it one day soon, I have even taken to belly dancing quite well.

I would tell anyone struggling with diabetes this: Do EXACTLY as your doctor tells you. Small changes really do add up to big, big results. Don’t ever give up, it is worth everything to keep trying.







 


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