I’ll Walk to Fight Diabetes

I went to see my endocrinologist last week; I hadn’t seen her in a long time. In my defense, I made sure that even if I could not see her, I at least made an appointment with my PCP to have regular check-ups and blood tests done. I was, however, very regretful for not seeing the endo earlier. Anyway…

My A1C levels are still within the normal range (keep in mind I have diabetes, so normal for me may be high for others). I have lost 10 pounds without even making an effort, and she celebrated it as if I was the winner of the “Biggest Loser” contest. That’s why I like my endo so much; she encourages people to keep trying and doesn’t bring them down for stuff like bad cholesterol levels (yes, I haz dem, she increased Zocor dose).

The rather successful visit to the endo makes part of my new motivation and I’m very happy about it. When I told her I was doing the ADA StepOut: Walk to Fight Diabetes, she gave me a nice high-five. I guess doctors like patients who are aware of their conditions and pro-active about them. I’m trying. I should try harder, but I’m getting there.

That being said, diabetes is something patients can manage with discipline. But there is still so much to do. That’s why I try to be part of campaigns to educate people and share our experience. That’s why this year I’m completely elated to have my own StepOut Team: Bea’s Friends for Diabetes. I’ve received an amazing response from my friends with donations and their willingness to join me on that day.

I’ve been in contact with the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association and I’ll be meeting with their coordinator next week to discuss the possibility of joining the StepOut organizing committee next year. I can’t wait to get more active, especially now that I’m an ambassador for the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Being able to transmit information about my condition makes me want to learn more about it, and manage it much better.

So, if you’re not doing anything special on September 26th at 9 a.m. come and join us at the Theis Park in Kansas City, MO. Make part of my team and walk with me to fight diabetes. If you can’t make it to the walk, consider making a donation (even a small amount makes a world of difference). Thank you so much for all the support!

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