We had a Quarterly Gathering yesterday and it didn't go as plan. Unfortunately our guest speaker had to cancel at the last minute due to a death in the family and we were unable to find a substitute on such short notice.
It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we were sandwiched in between two other groups and it would have been very difficult to hear the speaker. We all enjoyed lunch and catching up. At my table I found out that all sisters are taking charge of their diabetes. One sister shared with us that her last A1c was down to 7, the second sister has join a health care facility which offers exercise and nutrition, and third is interviewing for a new doctor. This is sooo great to hear :o)
I'm a competitive person, so when I was diagnosed with diabetes 10+ years ago I was determined that this disease was not going to take my life or my health. Like everyone else I went through an educational course learning how to count carbs. Through diet and exercise I was able to lower by A1c from 8.2 to 5.4 in six months. At the time my doctor would write encouraging words and draw smiley faces on copies of my lab work before mailing them to me. I have learned the most important factors for controlling my diabetes are diet and exercise. I always try to beat or at least match my last A1c. I have even gotten my new doctor to draw smiley faces on my lab work results. When I don't feel like exercising or tempted to eat something I shouldn't I stop and ask myself...Is it worth losing my eye sight, my toe, foot or even leg due to amputation or dialysis? The answer is always the same...A BIG NO. For me no piece of cake is worth it. I know some of you may think this is extreme but you must think long term as well. Even thinking short term...who likes the side effects of high blood sugar...certainly not me.
I encourage...no challenge all Type II Sisters to take control of their diabetes. I ask you if you were diagnosed with cancer would you not fight for your life...then fight don't let diabetes control you...you control your diabetes.