Personal Stories

What’s your story? Although there are many people with diabetes, everyone’s story is unique. Working with hundreds of patients each year, we hear many touching stories about the struggles and successes that come along with living with diabetes. We’d love to hear yours.

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6 Responses to Personal Stories

  1. Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE says:

    I want to share this experience because it reminds me of why I’m a dietitian:

    I’ve been seeing a patient with diabetes since June of this year. His average blood sugar started at 220, which is not controlled, and he had high cholesterol. He’s had difficulty controlling his blood sugar and in fact, at one point, I thought he would need insulin to control diabetes. He’s struggling financially and it’s been a challenge to help him eat healthier foods (he used to eat fast food or gas station food at every meal, every day).

    After our last visit, something changed! He decided to really work on changing his eating habits. He’s down to dining out no more than 8 times a week (yes, still a lot, but much better than 21!) and his blood glucose and cholesterol levels have normalized. Seriously. He does not need insulin at this time and may even need to reduce one of his diabetes medications! (As a side note–sometimes diabetes medications are needed to help the body manage diabetes; but when we can avoid them, that sure is GREAT)!

    When I see cases like these, I am reminded of how remarkable the difference [in health] can be when we put a little effort into it. You can make a difference; a BIG difference! I love watching the progress and seeing first-hand the results we strive for in practice.

    I’m SO PROUD of my patient and so happy to be included on his road to living a healthier life. Yea!

  2. Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE says:

    See one of our patients and her story about diabetes in the Fall 2011 issue of Your Health Today!

  3. Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE says:

    Bob Krause, of Los Angeles, recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday, making him the first known American to live 85 years with type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at age five. His story is one of motivation, endurance and success as well as a testament to the evolution of diabetes treatment. Krause was lucky enough to be diagnosed with diabetes shortly after insulin was made commercially available; prior to that, diabetes was a death sentence. Can you imagine? Living with diabetes is no easy feat, but Krause reminds us that we are blessed with a great deal of information and many tools that sure do make things easier today. Whether it’s strong character, determination or just plain “stubbornness,” we can learn a lot from Bob Krause’s amazing story. Read it here.

  4. Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE says:

    Here is a personal story that was submitted to us. I think many people, with diabetes and without, can relate to the ups and downs this person experienced in managing his health. In the end, his ultimate success that was achieved by perseverance through obstacles and struggles is something that we can all learn from! We’re not out there alone and many people struggle with overcoming some of the same obstacles. Please feel free to reach out and share your personal story by entering it in the “leave a reply” field below or by submitting it through the “contact us” tab.

    Click here to read this blogger’s story. Thank you for your contribution!

    Please understand that this is one person’s personal story and opinion. Please see your physician, diabetes educator or dietitian for medical advice and meal-planning. Our posting of this story does not serve as medical advice. Also note that as of this date, the American Diabetes Association recommends diagnosis of diabetes at an A1C of 6.5%. In general, a deficit of 500 calories per day from your body’s energy needs results in a one pound per week weight loss.

  5. Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE says:

    One of my favorite things to hear as a dietitian is the story of others’ successes in improving their health – whether that success is weight loss, blood sugar control, reduced blood pressure or cholesterol, improved sense of well-being or increased energy. At the beginning of April, we gathered a small group of motivated employees to walk with us in honor of the American Heart Association’s Start! Walking Day. I walked alongside Melodie Cotton, who told me about the success she was having with weight loss. I was intrigued by her methods and, of course, excited to hear about her success, so I asked if she would be willing to contribute to our very first blog interview! When I arrived to our meeting, I also learned that she had embarked upon this journey with some partners who were a key to her success and also achieving their own goals. Their motivational story about success and support is one that can help us all. Thank you Melodie, Cathy and Nancy for sharing your story with me and the rest of our readers! Please click here to read our interview.

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