Living with Diabetes: My Story
Hello. My name is Wendy and I have diabetes.
I was diagnosed in my mid 20’s but as I got older I did not acknowledge the diagnosis. I was too young. I had other things to worry about. I was in denial. It wasn’t until I started experiencing health issues that I went to my physician and was re-diagnosed. Between diagnosis, I was uncontrolled for at least 15 years. I had no idea the amount of damage I was doing by not paying attention and taking the diagnosis seriously. I made jokes about some of the symptoms I was having. My family joked about it as well. In reality, I was really embarrassed as I was too young to be experiencing things like bladder incontinence and loss of feeling in my limbs.
I have since taken Elder Options’ diabetes education courses that are free to the community. These classes have truly opened my eyes to the world of diabetes. They have helped me better understand what diabetes is, what it silently does, signs and symptoms of possible complications, and more importantly knowing I CAN eat what I want. The difference is knowing how to choose the correct amount, when to eat it, and how to pair it with other foods to get the most benefits. My HgbA1C has gone from a 10.2 to a 6.1. Diabetes is nothing to be ashamed of. I have diabetes. It is mine to keep and I am in control.
Elder Options provides Diabetes Education classes FREE to your community. To do this, we are always in search of Volunteers to help us promote the classes, find class locations and become certified to help us teach the classes. Please consider helping us help our communities!