When Managing Diabetes, Knowledge Is Power

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[MUSIC] First I was tired, tired all the time, it got to a point where it was excessive, I would sleep all night and then I'd still want to sleep all day and then thirst I was always thirsty, I would drink a lot of water and felt like it was never enough. I didn't know that my family, especially my father's side, diabetes was prevalent.

To find that out at 18 when this had been going on, years before I was even born, was definitely, it was interesting because nobody talked about it. Nobody really said anything about it, it was kind of like, it was hidden. It wasn't really something that people wanted to say and once everybody found out that I had it, they started coming out like oh well your grandpa had it too and your aunt has it.

Why didn't anybody say anything to me about that? It probably could have helped, it probably could have changed something. If I had known I probably would I done something differently. It's never easy at any age to find out that you're sick, or that there is something wrong with you but I think for diabetes if you're pre-diabetic you still have a chance.

You still have, you can do anything and everything not to get it. You're at least too late, but once you're diagnosed as a diabetic you can fix things and you can live with not taking medication but there's always that risk that it will come back or that you might not do something right and it's going to be you forever.

I think just getting out there and becoming a part of some thing like the ADA or even just within your neighbors, just getting together and talking about it, I think we don't do enough talking. And once you start talking and you start sharing and you start realizing oh! she's doing that and it's helping her, maybe I should do it too.

Cuz that's what happened with me. I started telling people I'm eating this I'm drinking that, my parents started eating healthier and they felt better. And so it was just talking.