It has been about 4 ½ months since I first received my diabetes diagnosis. I have started filming a documentary about how my first few months have been, as well as where my next few months may take me.
I have met some amazing people and have heard some stories that would truly shake someone to their core. I think I have really been amazed by the people who have dealt with so much and have such a positive attitude about life and their future.
I am not sure if it was because of the way I was raised, but at times, I didn’t have such positive attitudes around me; I had to fight for each step and had to be positive even when it seemed hopeless. I have gained and learned and have been taught a few lessons from the people I thought I would just be documenting.
I have made some awesome progress in the last few months and did go back to my doctor for a follow-up on some of my blood work. It seems that I am in a honeymoon phase and, if I continue the way I am going, I can reverse the diabetes. Of course, I am not out of the water; I did lose about 15 pounds, but I can tell I have slipped and gained back some of the weight. That’s okay. I will get back on track today; right this minute, I begin to fight.
I gave in and got myself a OneTouch meter and now check my blood a few times a day. At first, I think I was in denial and thought I didn’t need one and could fight this my way. I soon realized that it was more important to be proactive and there was no time to be in denial.
I have started to figure out what to eat and what not to eat. I am taking some great vitamins and herbs, what I like to call my “Heart Shield,” to keep not only my diabetes in check but my high cholesterol. I also found out that I have a high cardiac CRP, and that is not a good sign. It could be a few things, but with all these symptoms rolled into one, I truly have to see and act upon the serious nature of where I am health-wise.
Each day I am blessed. When I think of how precious life truly is, I have made it my goal for this New Year to be a giver. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but if I had one, it would be to serve.
This disease has transformed me, maybe it was something that was already deep inside of me; something I have wanted to do, but didn’t for whatever reasons. The next few months and days and even minutes, I am sure will bring much change and I welcome it. My name is Charles and I am diabetic.