Since beginning this new journey of our life, and I say our because my husband’s diabetic journey affects all of us, we have made a lot of changes to the way we live. After meeting with the Diabetic Teaching Center at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital, whose nurse and dietician were just awesome, there was just a lot of information to process. We had to take a look at our entire lifestyle, our eating habits, how we cook, how we grocery shop, how sedentary our lifestyle was, looking into vitamins and supplements, researching the medications that we take, portion control for our food, changing our sleeping habits, we were on information overload and were wondering how we would remember all of this information and still live as normal a life as possible. Let’s face it, we still had to go to work every day, we still had the ministry to consider, and even though our children are older, we still had them to consider as well, so it was a huge transition for us.
But, you know what, when you have to, you do what is necessary to live the life that you want to. We are learning how to manage Russell’s diabetes one day at a time. We have found that it takes all of us, looking out for each other, exercising, reading food labels, baking instead of frying foods, meal planning, eating more fish and chicken, checking our food portions and carb intake, and eating as little fast food or processed meats as possible. We realize that this is a lifelong journey, but we are in it to win it! Thank you family and friends for all of your love and support, for you health recipes, all of your advice and tricks of the trade. We appreciate all of them. And a special shout out to my Sis. Kandi for being the family nurse! We could not have gotten through such a rough time without you!
And As Always, Be Blessed!