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How I Went From Having Gestational Diabetes to Type 2 Diabetes
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My Pregnancy: One of the greatest moments of my life was finding out I was going to be a mom! Unfortunately, after taking the prenatal glucose test, I learned that I had gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women who haven’t ever been diagnosed with diabetes. My doctor told me that my body didn’t make enough insulin to ensure I’d have a healthy baby. As a result, I would have to take insulin injections daily. I was devastated.

Initially, I felt ashamed, embarrassed, and inadequate because my body was not healthy enough to carry my son. After doing extensive research, I learned that I wasn’t alone and many women who never had diabetes were diagnosed with gestational diabetes. According to the CDC, every year, 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by gestational diabetes. I knew that if I wanted to meet my son, I would need to listen to my doctor by taking my insulin daily, eating a balanced meal, and exercising regularly so I could maintain adequate glucose levels during my pregnancy.

This wasn’t an easy task because now I needed to be more conscious about everything I did and ate. This was very frustrating because prior to being diagnosed, I didn’t have to worry about any of these things. I had to learn how to give myself injections. “Needles, no one likes NEEDLES!”

The fact that I had to do it myself, and daily, for that matter, was cumbersome. I dreaded it, but I made the decision that I had to do it because this is what my son needed to live. I didn’t know it then, but this was my first real test as a mom (as you will do whatever it takes for your child) and I could not wait to meet my son. After a few weeks, it got easier and became second nature. I overcame my fear of needles and passed the test of doing what I had to do to carry a healthy child.

My next feat was eating healthy and exercising. Before becoming pregnant, I ate freely and didn’t worry about making good food choices or reading food labels. “I never even paid attention to food labels!” I learned so much through this journey that has stayed with me to this very day. The funny thing is my approach to exercise was walking to the car and parking to the closest space at the mall entrance. I had to make a plan and set aside some time to exercise. I started off with walking 15 minutes a day no matter what. I know what you are thinking, “15 minutes isn’t a lot!” However, you have to start somewhere! I gradually made it to 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and eventually 1 whole hour! I was so proud of myself because I was improving my health and preparing for my son. Change is never easy, but you have to start somewhere! When you have gestational diabetes, you also have to go to doctor’s appointments weekly because you’re considered a “high-risk pregnancy.” My doctor was so proud at my progress and how I was able to manage my gestational diabetes.

My Reward: On March 10, 2007, I delivered a handsome son named Darius who weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces. He was perfect. He was worth the wait and he was worth the sacrifices I had to endure during my pregnancy.

My Next Challenge: Normally when you have gestational diabetes, after the baby is born the disease goes away. Mine did NOT! Here was another blow that I had to endure! Due to a family history of type 2 diabetes and “my genetic makeup,” my gestational diabetes turned into type 2 diabetes! I felt like my life was over! I didn’t know what to do. I thought I was going to be able to enjoy my son in peace without having to deal with a disease, especially not type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, this was my new reality. My name is Robin Dorsey and I’m a type 2 diabetic! I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone in this fight because more than 34.2 million Americans have diabetes! You can do this, we can do this, so let’s stand together to fight, stop, and cure diabetes.

 

 

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Robin Dorsey

Robin Dorsey

Diagnosed since 2006

A native of the Washington, DC, metro area, Robin Dorsey has lived with Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. She's the award-winning host of The Impact with Robin Dorsey, which airs on DCTV public access and will soon be on Fairfax Public Access (FPA) TV. The show profiles nonprofit organizations, community outreach efforts, extraordinary individuals and celebrity red carpet events. She founded her own publishing company, Dorsey Publishing, and is the co-author of A Mother & Daughter Memoirs of Love, Desire, Pain and Inspiration. She wrote the book along with her late mother, Renita T. Mock. Robin is an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, she has her MBA and provides subject matter expertise to the federal government. She has administered federal contracts for over 20 years. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference and to help “Stop Diabetes.” She is a proud mother to a handsome son, Darius, who is her biggest supporter and helps her maintain her diabetes.

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