When Mary’s doctor told her she was at high risk of a heart attack due to her uncontrolled diabetes, it was a wake-up call. Since then, Mary has changed her life and is proud to be a healthy example for her kids.
I'm Mary, and this is my type 2 diabetes confession.
One of the most dramatic experiences I've had was about 10 years into my diagnosis. I went to the doctor and even though I had already lost a significant amount of weight, she told me she was afraid that I was going to have a heart attack because my diabetes was so uncontrolled. I had an A1C of about 11 and I cried the entire way home. But I have to say that that event was the catalyst that changed everything for me. What scares me the most thinking about the future is not being there for my kids. I would never want them to think that I chose an unhealthy lifestyle over being their mom. And so I am doing everything in my power to be there for them. And that includes taking care of myself.
The silver lining of my diagnosis is that I am now the mom and the wife that I've always wanted to be. I can run around with my kids. I can go to amusement parks. I can keep up with them. And I set the example for them. They know what healthy living looks like. They know what an energetic mom looks like. And they know that I am working hard to be the best version of myself so that I can be there for them and live a life that they can be proud of and that I can be proud of.
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