My name is Anita Jones,

I have Diabetes and I have had it since 1986. It is not very easy to live with this but you can. With proper nutrition, exercise, and medication you have a much greater chance of survival. The sooner that you are diagnosed, the sooner that you can get the help that you need. I know that this can be a very scary time in your life, because I have been there and I know this personally.

I am insulin dependent, and if I would have listened to my doctor, and lost a few pounds, I might not be where I am today. I am in no means complaining because I am still alive, but I could be in better health. I am hoping that I may be able to help someone who is struggling with these same issues and they need someone to talk to who has been there done that!

I am on a relatively small dose of insulin per day. I take 40 units in the morning before breakfast. I take 5 units in the Evening before my dinner. I had a hard time adjusting my life around this type of schedule. Believe me, it was very frustrating to coordinate this on a daily basis, but it can be done!

It also is not the easiest thing to do to be able to give yourself injections daily---I hate needles. But you have to make a choice, if you want to live you have to take your shots. No exceptions! Then there is the diet. I hate diet pop! I hate baked fish and some kinds of baked meats. You have to invent ways to "hook" up your meals so they taste good and are good for you. This really involves some creativity, but it can be done!

Take one day at a time and don't sweat the small stuff. This is enough for one sitting, I will have more next time about some of the challenges that we face and how to overcome them.

Love ya Much Anita

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