You are not alone.

Okay, this is going to be a lot of information and background story on me. I want to be as transparent as possible in hopes I can help you or anyone you know struggling with diabetes. It’s important to know what it is and what it can do to your body if left untreated. I know I am not the perfect example but I am still learning and bettering myself and this is my journey through it all. It’s important to have some sort of a support system and if you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to, please reach out to me and I would love to help you in any way I can. Now, lets get into it, shall we?

Up until I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I knew there was a possibility that the disease could have been passed down to me, but being young and naive, I kept putting it off and out of mind. I’m now 30 years old and I didn’t start turning my life around until I was 28. Crazy, huh? Going that long without proper diet and medication. My husband was really the one to pushed me to take this seriously. He told me he couldn’t wait to grow old with me but that I needed to get my diabetes in check so that we may live that long and healthy life. Now, I ate fairly healthy but not always as there was the occasional pizza and other carby things, but I for the most part stayed away from super sugary items and drinks. It wasn’t enough to keep my glucose numbers down though.

Finally, I went to a doctor. We did some blood work and sent it in to get my A1C number. The A1C goes back 3 months and lets us know where I’m at. When I went in for a follow up, my doctor sat me down and basically said she should send me to the ER because my A1C was so high! Talk about a wake up call.. It scared me straight. My doctor then prescribed me some new medication and I was on my way. She started me on Metformin and Victoza. I’ve linked the Wikipedia for those prescriptions in case you would like to learn more about them. After another 3 months of being on this medication, I did some more blood work and my results were amazing! I was finally on the right track! It was such a good feeling to see that everything I was doing was working out for me. It wasn’t easy, but I adapted and now it’s just routine.

With diet and exercise along with my medication, I was able to bring my A1C result of a 10.2% to a 7.7% in 3 months. A normal range is between 4.5 to 6.2. My doctor was so happy and excited that we were moving in the right direction with the care she provided.

This was only the beginning for me and my new journey with type 2 diabetes. I don’t have any friends my age that are going through this. Anytime I need advice, I talk to my dad. He’s always super helpful and knows so much about the disease. That’s what I want to be for someone. If I can inspire someone to make that call to the doctor and set up an appointment to get checked out, then I’ve succeeded. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that if you’re thinking about making that doctor appointment or you know someone who could have diabetes but isn’t getting proper care, to just make that appointment or let that someone know you care about them and their health and you want them to live that long and happy life they deserve.

xo Eileen

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