Name: Matthew L
Location: Sandy, OR
Test yourself often at first. Really give up the bad carbs. If you eat right, you don’t have to watch what you eat. I thought I would have to weigh my food and starve to death. It gets easier and easier.
I am a painting contractor. For 50 some odd years I ate pretty good, took lots of vitamins, stopped drinking. Then my liver suddenly went out.
I signed up at OHSU, got on the list right away and waited 1,200 days until they finally found a match. I just went through the most life-changing operation a person could. I really asked the Lord before the transplant to take away the pain or let me die. Then I was told I had to put needles in myself the rest of my life.
I was hoping I could just go to sleep and never wake up. Test yourself often at first. Really give up the bad carbs. If you eat right, you don’t have to watch what you eat. I thought I would have to weigh my food and starve to death. It gets easier and easier.
Within 6 months, my glucose levels were the same every time. You have to get physical activity every day and try to enjoy it. I have two choices: live the way I want to and die in less than 10 years with no eye sight, no feeling in my feet and overweight. Or just try to enjoy my life, eat smart, spend 30-45 minutes anytime I want to walk, or lift some weights, take my meds, smile at least twice a day and try to make your world just a little bit better.