Diabetes Forecast

Your Proudest Diabetes Moments

We asked, "What was your proudest diabetes moment in 2011?" You had many more proud moments than we could fit in the February issue. Here are more of your successes.

My proudest diabetes moment: As a Red Strider with type 1, I raised more than $1,000 in my first Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® walk!
Heather S. Fisher, Adger, Ala.

The day my doctor double-checked my prescriptions because my cholesterol was "too good" for someone not on medication. Not to mention my 6.5 A1C: Woo-hoo!
Shirley Ann Confer, Jersey Shore, Pa.

When I was taken off all my insulin after changing my eating habits and losing about 30 pounds over eight months.
Janet M. Hillert, Bayfield, Wis.

When my husband and three children showed their love by joining me in a class with a diabetes nurse educator to learn how to use a glucagon kit to (hopefully never) help me one day.
Alane Kaesmeyer, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Deciding to start using a continuous glucose monitor. I am happy to have it and all the additional information I get from using it.
Aimee Saylor, Shawnee, Kan.

When, newly diagnosed with type 2 at age 57, I finally made my goal glucose reading three days in a row. I'm learning to live a completely new life health-wise—not easy, but not alone either, thank you.
Ken Johannesson, Duluth, Minn.

Losing 14 pounds
since my diagnosis in March. My last A1C was 6.7.
Frances Spendlove, Las Vegas

When my Stanford University women's soccer team won its first NCAA championship by defeating Duke, 1-0. I was diagnosed with type 1 at 11. I love soccer and I love my team.
Shelby Payne, Bradenton, Fla.

Finally getting my A1C below 7 for the first time in 14 years!
Sandra McMahan, Panama City, Fla.

Keeping my A1C at or below 6 during my pregnancy and delivering a son, who had no complications from my type 1 diabetes.
Jo Tatarko, South Euclid, Ohio

When, after my first hospital stay with diabetic ketoacidosis, I realized I needed to take my diabetes seriously 15 years after being diagnosed. I got on the pump, started exercising more, and lowered my A1C.
Susan Kenny, Raleigh, N.C.

Standing in the rain on our 45th wedding anniversary and cheering our 13-year-old grandson, newly diagnosed with type 1, as he finished a 100-mile bike ride and raised more than $2,000 for diabetes research.
Jim Vugteveen, Monmouth, Ill.

When I decided to get an insulin pump. I look forward to a healthier and less stressful future. Thank you to all my loved ones who support and look out for me on a daily basis!
Kimberly A. Gibbons, Windsor, Conn.

After months of excellent glucose control I had the most beautiful and healthy baby boy (Luke, above) I could ever have hoped for.
Karen Swetland, Lebanon, Pa.

When surviving a heart attack helped me end 10 years of denial about my diabetes. The word "diabetes" is no longer a foe but a life partner I must reckon with, be kind to, and be mindful of. I'm so blessed to be alive.
Mary Ann Winters, Nappanee, Ind.

Crossing the 50-year line of living with diabetes—and, yes, it was definitely because of God's help and that of family, especially my husband!
Gloria M. Couture, Milton, Fla.

Having gastric bypass surgery on July 7, 2011. At 68 and after having had type 2 diabetes for 35 years, I am diabetes free! I no longer take insulin or oral diabetes medications. I consume 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day and feel great.
John K. Winterburn, Kalamazoo, Mich. 



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