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Month: November 2011

Christopher – His Story

Christopher – His Story

This is my wife’s aunt, She was a Diabetic taking shots daily, Her blood sugar was never under 300 even though she was taking shots, She moved in with Me and my wife, while taking care of her we were able to keep her sugar in the 100 range. Her doctor told us the whole time he was treating her he had never seen her blood sugar that low and that we were doing a great job.

Billy – His Story

Billy – His Story

Hey Bret…I found out I was type 1 diabetic 23 years ago when I was 18…. and I was bummed! It was 1988 and I remember that first week after finding out that I was diabetic I somehow found out that you were also. I was already a huge Poison fan and from that day on after knowing that you were a diabetic also…..in some weird way it made it kinda cool. I know that sounds crazy, but it eased my mind and made me see that I can deal with this. You’ve pretty much been my “Diabetic Inspiration” I guess is the word for it, but just knowing that someone like yourself can deal with it and enjoy life really gave me some much needed hope back then. I’ve got two daughters that are around your daughters age also and they can sometimes make the blood sugars go crazy!! So anyways, I’m still a fan….keep on keepin’ on and let’s fight this disease. Hopefully in our lifetime we’ll see a cure. Take care !

Your Story: Shari Ventura

Your Story: Shari Ventura

We just found out last March that my daughter, 7 years old, was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes. All I could think about was you and your daughter. I was watching your show as you were going through it when your daughter got diagnosed. I still wake up thinking that it was just a dream. I cry often as I feel bad for what she has to deal with. She now is doing well and it’s me who has a hard time right now. I pray everyday that there is a cure so she doesn’t have to deal with this for the rest of her life. She’s a great kid whose taking it well as I try to tell her about other who have it. I tell her that she can still do whatever she wants and nothing will ever hold her back and yes I did mention you and your daughter. Thank you so much for being a role model for Diabetes… Let’s all pray there will be a cure soon to get rid of this terrible disease. Thank you. xo Shari

Your Story: Shanna

Your Story: Shanna

I was watching Bret on the Doctors just now about staying positive with diabetes and how to give people hope. I agree and love to offer support as well. I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 16. Hard age….I wanted to go out with my friends and I was just coming to the age of independence. I was feeling the opposite. I had to rely more on my parents and the doctors. I was admitted to the Children’s hospital for 4 days, after my diagnoses. I was feeling sorry for myself and alone. I decided to walk the halls and looked in the rooms of these little kids, sick and alone. I remember sitting by this small kid and him looking at me and asking his mom if I was a big kid with diabetes and how cool that was. It was then I decided to be the “big sister”. Basically, I bucked up and realized that if these teeny 4 and 5 year old can handle this, then so could I and I was going to dedicate my life to staying positive about it. I went into the medical field and have been a Medical Assistant for 8 years now. I have given birth to 2 beautiful children and have wonderful people who surround me every day. I am very open about having the disease and have a conversation about it or tell someone about it daily. They always give me the look or say how sorry they are for me. My response has always been “I am not sorry I got this disease. It has taught me how to live and be healthy”. Sure….there are days and I of course could stand to lose weight, but I don’t let it be about the disease. I am responsible for my life and to learn to live with this disease. Diabetes does not control me or who I am, I control my diabetes!!!!

I just wanted to say thank you to Bret for being such a spokesperson and always offer advice and support to these children.

I agree 100 percent every time I see him talking about it. And I just love the way he carries himself. Reminds me, of me!!! We have to be able to show these kids who never get the chance to control diabetes by diet and exercise that it’s going to be okay. And that you can live a normal life. It is not a curse…..it’s a lifestyle!!!!

Your Story: Robert Smith

Your Story: Robert Smith

Hello Brett, I know you probably will not get this message. However I feel compelled to thank you for your appearance on “The Doctors” today.

I feel a kinship with you as I am also 48 with type 1 Diabetes. I also have a family and many stories of Diabetic survival.. I got diabetes at age 10. I remember many times thinking I was dreaming and my dreams were reality.Insulin reactions many ambulance rides and feeling I can conquer anything if my sugars could stay at 123. You would not believe what I have survived. Bless you for your approachable demeanor and all you do for Diabetes.

Your Story: Priscilla Boatright

Your Story: Priscilla Boatright

Hello. My name is Priscilla and just like every parent I want the best for my children. To grow up without any worries (like I did) but on May 21st 2010 our world was turned upside down when my daughter Lauren was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. We were already having a pretty bad year since my father was very ill and only three months after my daughter’s diagnoses he passed away. I still remember the day I was picking her up from school to take her to the doctor. She had all the classic symptoms. She started to have accidents at school and in her bed. She was always so thirsty and she was loosing weight. We live in Houston, TX so when I took her into the doctor they checked her blood glucose and it was over 600! We were told right away to take her to Texas Children’s Hospital. We stayed there for 4 days to learn how to take care of her. We learned how to count carbohydrates and to give her shots of insulin. She was so brave! She took her shots and actually had fun in the hospital!

Just as we were getting use to everything and she was put on an insulin pump and we thought things were getting better. Things got worse…I never thought in a million years we would have to go through it all over again. Since my daughter was diagnosed I told my son what the symptoms were so he would know what to look for. He already has to deal with JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) he was diagnosed with JRA was he was just six years old. He went into remission about two years after his diagnoses so we were thank full for that.

But On May 28, 2011 just four months before his 11 birthday and only a year after Lauren was diagnosed my son Justin was diagnosed. He came to me telling me that he was using the bathroom a lot and was really thirsty the past couple of days. So I checked his blood glucose on his sister’s meter and sure enough the meter just read “Hi”. I went into the bathroom and just sobbed. I thought to my self both of my children have to live with this horrible disease! But we caught it early so we were thankful and I already knew how to take care of him.

Both of my children take it in stride. My daughter loves her insulin pump and my son has taken an active roll in managing his diabetes. We have done the JDRF walk the past two years and we have met some really awesome people along the way.

With diabetes every day is a challenge and it never takes a vacation. But we have learned it’s not the end of the world. We just take the good numbers and the bad and learn from them. Because we believe with research and new technology we will one day have a cure!

Your Story: Paulette Durrenberger

Your Story: Paulette Durrenberger

I LOVE your dedication to helping those afflicted with diabetes. I think it would be a great idea for you to use your celebrity status to help organize a ground-breaking movement to give attention to the fact that Type 2 diabetes is totally preventable and reversible…you could also give the spotlight on the research (Not by the AMA in the U.S.A.., by the way) that is discovering the root cause of Juvenile diabetes and its treatment/prevention….think of your Global family of fans…you could make a huge difference on that level as well.I know you are not a Doctor, and leave the details up to the ‘professionals’, but I think you should give this some thought.The American system of research is way behind some other countries because of politics and specialized funding. Would be AWESOME if your influence could shed light on this… and maybe make way for some questions to the US Diabetes Charity system to get some answers to why these facts/research/treatments/preventions, are not being utilized in medical care in this country….so others would not BE afflicted with this disease at all…Just think, you could be known as honorary Doctor Bret….Paging Dr. Michaels!!! Seriously…consider this….. xo : )

Your Story: Mary

Your Story: Mary

I come from a family of skinny “old age” type 2 (or 1.5?) diabetics. As I approach my 6th decade, my blood sugar has started to creep up and my doctor told me to get my A1c numbers down! I bought my first glucometer and used the following two resources to understand just how to fight this blood sugar condition. 1) 2007 & 2011 editions of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution (he is a type 1) 2) Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl (she is a type 1.5 or 2….see www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/ )

I dropped my A1c from 5.9 to 5.7 in 8 weeks and my doctor is pleased. I eat to my meter and do weight training and, so far, I do not take any diabetes meds. Hope this helps someone.

Your Story: Kris Gunder

Your Story: Kris Gunder

Dear Bret, I wanted to thank you for the time you spent talking with my husband is Scottsdale, AZ. Our daughter was diagnosed at 20 months and is now 16 years old. We were given an opportunity for our daughter, Taylee to attend camp but at the time the opportunity came the camp was in session. Unfortunately next year she will be over 17yrs of age and the cut off age is 16 yrs. Our family would like to thank you for ALL that you do for Diabetes. You are an AMAZING person. Kris Gunder

Keturah’s Story

Keturah’s Story

My name is Keturah and I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at the age of 3 and I am now 37. My road has been bumpy,but God is keeping me alive for some reason not yet known. My first hospital stay after my diagnosis was at age 10 and I had strep throat on top of my Glucometer malfunctioning. I was then switched from one shot of pork insulin to two shots of Humilin insulin. I did good with that til I was 31 and I ended up in the hospital yet again a year and 3 days after my dad passed away and I was put on 4 shots a day,3 of Novolog and one of Lantus at bedtime. My last hospital stay I ended up in the intensive care unit and was not told when i was there i was in renal failure. I wasnt told before i left either,but my kidneys are coming back slowly but the doctor said that was good. But recently the doctor did another ekg on me because i had more than one showing an abnormality. I was sent to a cardiologist and was told i need to have a stress thallium test done and an electrocardiogram also,but im unemployed right now with no insurance and no money and no way for the tests i need. Im praying that God will provide a way for me and im also trying to find a way for them to be done because the doctor said I may have some blockage and he wants them done to see if I’m gettingetting enough blood to my heart. Praying for help and God to provide,please keep me in your prayers if you would. I’d greatly appreciate the prayers.