How I found out

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How I found out

This is how I learned of my condition as a type 2 diabetic. It is likely not the worst way to find out but it was definitely not the best way. I was sick. Not terribly, but sick. Since I was sick I had missed three days of work and as a result, I was required by policy to obtain a doctors note : / It was there at the doctor's office where I first learned of the fact that I was a Type 2 diabetic (T2D), and the way that I found out was EXACTLY the same way that Homer Simpson (from "The Simpsons") found out that he had diabetes! For those of you that cannot recall (or have not seen) the episode, I will share a little more. I was sitting in the office with my eldest daughter when the doctor came in holding a clipboard. He looked up from the clipboard and the following discussion took place: Doctor: "Mr. Beasley, do you have diabetes?" Me: Uhhh... I don't think I do. Doctor *CHUCKLES* "Well, congratulations! You do now. This was exactly how it happened for me and for the that poor schlub Homer.


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Just want to say, I have read about you and your determination to reverse T2 symptoms, and i'm proud that you have done so. It's so good to see someone actually avoiding developing insulin dependant type 2 diabetes, and showing that you can do it. It makes me quite angry when people are told they are at risk of T2, lose weight. Then they don't and they get put on tablets. Then they still don't cut out sugar or lose weight, and then they get insulin dependant and wonder why. Well done :)

Nov 07, 2012 - 3:12 PM by Rebecca S

Thank you so much Rebecca! This is a very serious issue around the world and as you have seen, people don't always take it seriously enough when they are faced with it. I too was in denial for a time after being diagnosed but I just could not let my family or myself be controlled by this. My father was T1 and he eventually died as a result of it. I know all too well the dangers of being insulin dependent and commend you on the way you are teaching others about what it is like.

Nov 08, 2012 - 8:47 PM by Jeremy B

My grandma was told by her doctor over the phone that "the day has come" and she was OFFICIALLY diagnosed with T2D.

Sep 05, 2012 - 1:03 PM by Ariel T

Ughh! How tacky and callused is that?!? You would think that the doctor was just letting her know she had a common cold :o/

Sep 05, 2012 - 3:09 PM by Jeremy B

I need to re-watch that episode.

Sep 04, 2012 - 9:44 AM by Jonathan F

I think that rule of thumb applies to all Simpson episodes! LOL They just get funnier each time :)

Sep 05, 2012 - 3:07 PM by Jeremy B

Jeremy - Thanks so much for your story - it was very informative with some humor added in! The bad news is that both you and Homer have type 2 diabetes... the good news is that YOU unlike Homer decided to take back your life by following a nutritious diet and exercising regularly. I hope we hear more from you as you continue your journey of controlling your diabetes. Be Well -- Dave

Sep 01, 2012 - 8:06 PM by David D

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