Growing up, I watched my mother battle diabetes. I knew it was a struggle, but I never quite understood the impact it had on her until I became her primary care giver. Just learning about her hardship and what she’s gone through has made me want to prevent it for me and my family. I knew that being overweight put me at higher risk for diabetes, so I made an appointment with my doctor to make a plan to get my weight under control. I began paying more attention to how much I was eating and started to get out and move more. I made time for being active with my husband and kids, like playing football when I got home from work and going for walks.
The more educated we all are about preventing diabetes, the easier it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I feel wonderful now, and I’ve lost 85 pounds. In the past, my mood was down and I had a lot of weight that I was carrying. That was just an extremely horrible feeling. Now I feel more motivated. I feel good about myself.