My life changed once I finally accepted the fact that I have type 2 diabetes. After I got over the denial and the depression stage, I was able to accept it. I sought out resources and information on diabetes, which led me to the American Diabetes Association.
I learned a lot of information on this site, including the importance of portion control, eating balanced meals, how to read food labels, and factual information about diabetes. The site also had information about various support groups. I was so excited to learn there were many people in the world just like me. I even joined a few support groups and started to network with people who knew and could understand what I was going through.
This made a difference in my life and encouraged me to want to do better with managing my diabetes. While attending some of the support groups, I was asked if I wanted to take a diabetes education workshop. I said “yes” because I was eager to learn. The training was invaluable. After completing the workshops, I received a certificate as a Diabetes Wellness Ambassador. I started speaking at various health expos, schools, churches, fairs, and government agencies to teach diabetes workshops and to share my story. This was meaningful to me because I had a chance to give back, and to show others that while it’s not easy to manage diabetes, it can be done by taking one day and step at a time.
Identifying with others also gave me hope because I saw firsthand how people just like me were fighting for their own lives. It also helps you to identify your purpose. My purpose was that I wanted to live and be there for my 2-year-old son. I’m here to tell you that I may not get it right every day, and I have bad days, but I don’t let them get me down. I’ve been managing my A1c at 5.6 consistently. Additionally, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m able to do the 5K walks. This was a challenge for me in the beginning because I wasn’t big on exercising. Nevertheless, once I learned that exercising helped to reduce my numbers, it motivated me to get up and start moving.
While exercising, I started to feel better, and I started to look better too. I’m here to encourage you today to talk to someone: a friend, a family member, a counselor, a support group, or even a diabetes educator who can help you process having type 2 diabetes. You need a person who can inspire you not to give up or talk you through your bad days. A person who is not going to beat you up verbally when your numbers are high, or if you’ve had some sweets. A person who is just like you, who wants to help you “WIN!” My name is Robin Dorsey, and I have type 2 diabetes, and I am here for you, so let’s “WIN” together!
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