Joanne

Joanne

I was first diagnosed with Hypothyroidism during high school. I was diagnosed last September as borderline diabetic with hba1c of 6.97%, classified as T2 but not obese and not too overweight with 129lbs at 5ft height. I had myself checked due to excessive urination due to excessive thirst and bad mood swings. An iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency came along with my diabetes diagnosis.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Some have been pretty extra caring preventing me from activities like running, cutting, etc. They think I might wound myself and it won’t heal. I proved them wrong and still manage to have my daily normal playful life.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire them by living positively. While some feel bad about me having the ‘disease of the 40s’, I assure them that D won’t stop me from living my life beautifully. I did not leave work, I still earn for me and my family’s living, make my friends laugh even louder and can still smile even at my lows.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It helped me make wise choices and decisions, strengthen my self discipline and made me more responsible. It made me explored my emotions and how to best control them, understand others more, and improved my pain endurance.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Since it hasn’t been long yet since being diagnosed, I think it has made me stronger than I have ever been. Though I belong to those who experienced depression right after the diagnosis, I feel that I am not alone in this battle. I learned a lot on how to best take care of our health and wellness.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Either:)


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