I’ve asked my mom for her permission to share this good news and she said okay…obviously. 🙂
Last March I told everyone about how my mom got inspired to start losing weight. At that point she had already lost 45 pounds. Shortly thereafter she was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.
The numbers were so high the doctor put her on medication right away. As you can imagine, it was very unsettling to someone who has made great strides in her weight loss to find out she has an issue that can be directly related to being overweight. I reminded her that at least she was in the mindset to lose the weight and so learning how to keep working on her health as a diabetic wouldn’t be as hard as if she weren’t.
So, she starts reading about it, seeing what needs to be done, taking her medication, etc. etc. Then she finds out in April that she has breast cancer, will need a mastectomy and possibly chemotherapy and radiation after that.
When you’re faced with something like that you don’t care as much about doing anything but surviving the current situation. She took her diabetes medication and kept doing what she was doing to lose weight, but didn’t worry too much about it while she was going through surgery, starting chemo, etc.
In July she went for her first three-month checkup and her numbers were looking good. So, the doctor cut her diabetes medication in half. This was awesome for her and great news to hear that something was going right while she was getting through the breast cancer situation.
Last week she went for another three-month visit and her numbers were so good that the doctor has taken her off ALL of her diabetes medication. The doctor also noticed that she’d lost 19 pounds since her July visit and told her to keep doing what she’s doing because it’s working. It’s been six months since she was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and she is back to normal.
To date my mom has lost about 70 pounds this last year. She has been through so much and I’m so proud of her. I also couldn’t help but think…isn’t this what every doctor wants?
They want to warn us of health issues, tell us what we need to do and then see us actually do it. I know her doctor had to be so happy to see a woman take care of her diabetic issue, and while going through chemotherapy at the same time.
So, today I just have to say:
I’m so proud of you, Mom! You’re such a good testimony to me. I can’t wait to take your picture in November and show my blogfriends just how good you’re doing! Love always, Leah