I am not your typical diabetic. When I was 28, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (or Type 1 1/2, as my doctor referred to it), which was a shock to everyone who knew me as I had always been thin, healthy and active. Shortly after recieving my prognosis, I enrolled in a four-week educational course to learn more about the disease, during which a former “graduate” was brought in to speak with us newbies about his experiences and to offer advice. In the middle of his speech, he singled me out by pointing to my shoes – a brand new pair of Michael Kors wedges that my grandmother had purchased for me after finding out that I was diabetic in the hopes of cheering me up, and which have been referred to in my household ever since as my “diabetes shoes” – and announcing that diabetics should most-definitely NOT be wearing heels of any sort. He suggested that I run right out and purchase myself a pair of Velcro tennis shoes, which could be loosened at any time to provide for better circulation. Needless to say, I was horrified! Not only had I just been diagnosed with a debilitating disease, but I was now being told that I had to wear ugly shoes for the rest of my life to boot! Way to kick a girl when she’s down! I decided right then and there that I would start doing my own research on all diabetes-related subjects and not to take anyone’s supposed well-meaning “advice”, including that from doctors, at face-value. Seven years later, I have gathered immeasurable knowledge of diabetes, my blood is in perfect control and, I am very happy to say, do not own a single pair of Velcro shoes. I started this blog to share what I have learned with other diabetics in the hopes of helping them to live a happier, healthier and more “well-heeled” life.
Monthly Archives: June 2012