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   Posted 10/20/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
(I moved this for you Big E -- my long-winded storytelling took up too much space ;-)
Chris - I do appreciate your story. My story - and I'll tell it very briefly - was quite similar.
At age 50 (I'm now 60) - weighing in at about 300 - was diagnosed with Type 2. I was size 52 suit.
I can't count how many chairs I broke (even one at a client's office), tore out clothing - used to love fast junk food.
Had a grandmother who had type 1 - insulin injection every morning. My father late in life had type 2.
Once I was diagnosed, not really understanding medical terms (as I'm a self-employed CPA who works in my home) and quite ignorant of understanding medical science - said to myself - here's the formula:

not disciplining myself--->=blindness+limb amputation--->=death.

I bought a treadmill, starting exercizing religiously, stuck to strict diet (white flour = sugar) so I had to change to whole wheat.
Within 1 year I lost 65 lbs, went from size 52 to 44 and have maintained my weight, get a blood test regularly, request a copy of the results and send to ALL my other medical professionals (podiatrist, cardiologist, vascular surgeon).
Yes - of course I've gained some weight back - but I'm very conscious of what I do, how and what I eat. Only recently was I put on metformin. (I used to pride myself that I never took diabetic medication, but I realize that bodies change and it may not be all my fault - so I have to accept that) - but I am trying to get off this stuff real fast.
I'm on cozaar for heart (I had a stent put in about 10 years ago), levoxyl (for underactive thyroid) and toprol (for heart).
A1C is high side of normal - but need to watch it.
I don't drink any alcohol, sugared sodas or smoke.

If I can save one person's life through explaining my history I will have achieved my purpose on this board.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
"If I can save one person's life through explaining my history I will have achieved my purpose on this board."
Well put.  I think that's what this forum and others are all about -- comparing notes, asking questions of others that are in the same boat.  What is evident from your, my and others' stories is that it is possible to take control of one's individual situation and in some cases, have a dramatic, positive affect on the living of one's own life.
I'm not as angelic as you are -- I still smoke like a steam engine (youngsters may have to Google steam engine ;-) and drink rum/wine (I have homelife troubles with hair on 'em ... subject for another forum ;-) but as my MS afflicted daughter-in-law agreed the other day, being diagnosed with a serious, life-threatening disease at a relatively early stage can sometimes be the best thing that can happen to a person -- if they make the decision to act on it. 
The extremely quick and doctor-amazing results of (what I have found to be quite simple) deemphasizing the thrill, fun, social aspects and supposedly required love of food has given me the motivation to tackle all my other bad habits.  By that I mean,  my truck needs fuel -- it doesn't love fuel.  My motivation now is I think of me as a vehicle that has simple needs and requires regular maintenance.  Also, I just love the expression on my doc's face when I keep producing normal test results tongue
The end game may be inevitable but there are many moves yet to be made.
P.S.  Can you do my taxes for me please?  The government thinks I'm rich but I'm not ;-)

Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 49 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

Post Edited (TVEditor) : 10/20/2009 5:31:09 PM (GMT-6)

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