February 3, 2016
My story about diabetes certainly isn't a love story suited for Valentines Day, especially after more than 25 years of being set in my ways with my spouse. This was what actually what made her diagnosis that much more difficult. We were used to a lifestyle and eating habits that had to change as a result of her diagnosis, neither of which I was very fond of. Sugar and sweets taste great until you're faced with diabetes and you realize it's a life or death choice. The good thing was my wife lost about 40 pounds, very sexy... the bad news was we were both miserable getting there. I didn't have it, yet I was being forced to eat healthy too. I was raised by a long line of dessert-loving families that believed you should eat your dessert first to ensure you had enough room for it, so not being able to share or enjoy that very crucial part of my meal was devastating and I became almost resentful.
Getting involved with the DiabetesSisters Partners' Perspective Program allowed me to become more knowledgeable about her disease and showed me my partner's perspective that I hadn't yet allowed myself to contemplate. They also taught me life-saving tips that I may need to use in the future to truly continue to enjoy a long life with my spouse. Ultimately, we are both healthier and happier and I attribute much of this to the benefits we've both received via this fine charity organization.
Submitted by Will Tucker. His wife, Donna, has been living with diabetes since 2002. The reside in Raleigh, NC.