Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 06, 2017
Leslie Tranter, Certified Diabetes Educator
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Diane Terry: I enjoy being retired because, number one, I am not a morning person!
It’s nice to be able to get up at your own pace.
I did not believe the diagnosis at first…I was just shocked.
Bill Terry: Diane has always been, out of the two of us, the healthier one.
Diane Terry: Scared- very scared.
I think to that you work with feeling a little bit embarrassed that this is has happened to you.
You hear all of the horror tales, you're diabetic, loss of limbs,
and all of this sort of thing.
I mean it is a little bit sort of like, whoah not me.
Bill Terry: It was the fear of the unknown.
I was constantly afraid I would lose her.
I'm still always in fear of that.
Diane Terry: We all want to live to be 105 and have no complications.
Bill Terry: To be honest with you the initial reaction was - How would that change our lifestyle.
Diane Terry: Basically if you look at a diabetic diet –
it’s like any other diet, it's healthy living.
To exercise is an ongoing challenge with me.
It gets to be fairly low of a priority at the day.
You keep saying, I’m going to do it in a little while-
Diane Terry: Oh I’m going to take that walk in a little while.
Finding a buddy to walk with, it's very very helpful.
Because if you are engaged in conversation then the time passes very fast.
Diane Terry: I think you need to find some place that you can get continuous education and continuous support.
I went for an all day session.
That is where you pick up your meter to check your blood and they tell you how to do that.
They also talk about, Ok lets think about how you're going to manage this.
Leslie Tranter Diabetes Educator: Having a support system with all of this is critical.
Having a diabetes educator to talk to, having a dietician, or a nurse,
family member, a friend- somebody to kind of lean on.
Diane Terry: Type 2 Diabetes has not changed life. It's a part of life.
Bill Terry: Oh yeah, she's gonna make it. And we're going to make it together.