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Annie Jenkins’ Story – Living With Diabetes

Diabetes was a blessing for me (Annie Jenkins)

Like millions of other people in this world…I have Type 2 Diabetes.  For some people, maybe even yourself, learning you have a lifelong disorder can be daunting…even depressing.  For me though…learning I have this disease was a blessing.  

 

It was my dermotolgist who uncovered my diabetes in 2004.  I had been taking an antibiotic for adult-onset acne (which worked beautifully) and the only way I could stay on it was to have my kidneys and liver tested with a blood test.

For kicks and giggles he also tested my blood sugar level.  It was 639.  Waaaaaaaaaaay too high for normal…which can vary from 80 to 110.

I was officially diabetic.  I was THRILLED!  (Sounds odd, I know, even the representative I talked to at the American Diabetes Association said I was the happiest diabetic he’d ever talked to) But here’s why…

For years, more than a decade actually, I had been gaining weight rapidly.  I was thirsty all the time.  My feet felt like there were pins and needles poking me making my feet tingle all the time.  I had an unending appetite.  I got sick alot.  My weight ballooned up to 378 lbs.  My face was breaking out…it was a nightmare.

But every doctor I visited said I just needed to control my appetite and exercise.  That I was middle aged and this is what happened.  I KNEW something wasn’t right with me.  The diabetes diagnosis explained it all.  FINALLY.

About 3 months after starting my drug therapy I checked in with my dermatologist again.  I had dropped 43 pounds!  Everything that was going wrong had turned around and I was healthy again.

Within six months I had dropped to 243.  Do the math.  That’s 135 pounds gone off my body.  I even grew an inch taller because my spine wasn’t being smooshed by too much weight.

Now, seven years after my diagnosis, I maintain my weight as long as I keep to the very strict medicine therapy and I follow a healthy diet.  It’s not as hard as you’d think.  And the bonus is…I’m healthy.

For more information about diabetes, it’s symptoms and where to turn for help…check out the ADA website and remember November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

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