I’m Debbie, 44 years old from Texas. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007 while in the hospital recovering from major abdominal surgery. I was completely shocked by the news, and it was very hard for me to accept. I was a mixture of emotions, and it’s been an up and down hill battle for me. I take only oral medication right now, but have needed insulin several times since being diagnosed. Diabetes is a constant battle, and I never know from one moment to the next how I’m going to feel. I get frustrated at times, especially when I feel like no one, (particularly my family) understands what I’m going through, but then I think how could they understand when they’ve never had to go through it. I do a lot of research about diabetes on-line, and Bret has been a big inspiration to me. I pray for a cure and will continue to fight.