Toni shares her diabetes story with others.
Hi, my name is Toni Griffin and diabetes has become a part of my life, scary, but a good part of my life. I was first diagnosed in October of ‘98 and at that time was having problems at work in the evening usually when I would get off, I would find myself very sluggish and between driving home, leaving work, driving home, I would sometimes have to stop and get something to eat and that was the only thing that seemed to work. And so I think maybe I’d better call my doctor and make an appointment and find out. Sure enough, I did a five-hour glucose tolerance test and at that time I found out that I was a diabetic, type 2, and also the thyroid problem, which was a surprise. Anyway, over the years, being a diabetic has been a learning experience about taking care of myself and the things that I need to do in order to take care of myself. Exercising; I finally learned that it really is the thing to do; exercise does more for you almost than a diet. A diet is eating properly but properly is eating maybe five small meals a day. Now they could equal, in my case they equal what I eat, three meals a day. So learning to eat five times a day has made it much easier to manage the diabetes, sometimes of course when you’re out shopping and doing all the things that we like to do we’re not at home where we don’t have our meter and check it but you know when your blood sugar is not where it’s supposed to be. And so that’s the only problem I would say I probably have with diabetes is, I am always out shopping, but I am learning. This year has been the best experience being in a part of diabetes care program, diabetes management with CareMore. They are trying to teach me how to pay attention and it’s really important that you pay attention to when you eat, what you eat and how you eat.
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