Its been a rough year, but I am thankful everyday, I know about my diabetes...

A year ago I was:
Terrified, sad, in denial... What was this, was I going to go blind, loose my legs...kidneys. More importantly, would I be able to be active and be able to support my family, that was the biggest fear. I hid my fear, offering to do laundry only to afford me a private place to cry. I went to my first Diabetes expo, and felt only overwhelmed and terrified.

Now: I am strong, I know what diabetes is, I know i'm not alone and there are people around the world that will and have given me support and answered my questions. I took charge of my situation, I did not let it beat me. My garage became my battlefield in my war against diabetes, I lost 40 pounds and down to a 5.2 AIC. I can look my kids in the eyes and know Ill be there to be part of their adult lives, and enjoy their pride in me.

I want to thank all of you that have been there to support me over that past year, and hope now, that I have my act together, and over my "pity party" I can do the same for others!

Thanks again!
-Jared

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Comment by Pauly on January 29, 2010 at 12:33pm
Congratulations on your 1st year and wonderful A1C Jared! Wow you have really been working at it. Helping others with the condition as you infer is one of the best ways to help yourself.

Wonderful job...Your on top of this battle....

Comment by debb on January 29, 2010 at 7:51pm
what a difference a year makes. right? it's amazing what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it. it always looks so scary before you get down to it. that's the same in anything we start, like a new job or a move to someplace we don't know or as in a woman's case, a pregnancy. etc, etc. it's how we decide to address the issue at hand that makes the difference. you grabbed the bull (D) by the horns and started shaking it into a truce that has to be continually controlled. your letting your D know who's boss. keep up the good work. helping others, helps you as well. great job.
Comment by Dave In MD on January 30, 2010 at 11:20am
Jarad, in my opinion attitude is better than half the battle. You have that down pat it would seem. Congrats on the HbA1c that is something to be proud of. I consider my diabetes to not be a bad thing, I won't go as far as to say it is a good thing though, because of my diabetes I take better care of myself now than I had, or would be, if I had not become diabetic.
Comment by Virgil Elvin Bowman Jr. on February 20, 2010 at 5:23pm
Jerry, just by putting this on the board you have inspired many Ds. I'm glad your journey is past the intense emotional trauma of diagnosis (I took a lot more time to get there). Take good care, Virgil

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