Karen was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 10 years ago. After a series of set backs, including the loss of her sister-in-law to complications related to Type 1 diabetes, Karen decided she wanted to take back control.
It’s been about 10 years since I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, at that time I knew very little about it and did not take the illness serious. Slowly the diabetes got worse and I went from diet controlled to ending up on five tablets of Metformin a day.
About 3 ½ years ago my sister in law who had Type 1 diabetes died on the operating table whilst having her leg amputated from an infection from a blister. A few months after this I went for an annual diabetes review and was told very sternly that my sugars were way too high and that if I did nothing I would end up on different medication that would increase my weight and that I could potentially end up on insulin.
"I went home, did some soul searching and decided that I could beat it"
I went home, did some soul searching and decided that this was not an option and that I could beat it. A few days later I found a local scheme call “move it or lose it” and signed myself up. This scheme enabled me to use the local leisure centre and slimming world free of charge for 3 months. This was incredibly beneficial because I learnt so much about food and learnt to enjoy exercise. A year later I challenged myself to run 10K for cancer awareness. After completing this I entered another 10k race and then in 2016 a half marathon. In 2017, now 3 stone lighter, I completed my second half marathon and completed a 10k Tough Mudder.
Slowly, over the past 2 years, my medication was being reduced by the doctor and 1 year ago I came off of all medication. On 22 April 2018 I completed the London Marathon and 2 days later went for my annual diabetes review to be officially told that the diabetes is in remission. Who could have known so much was possible?
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