Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 06, 2017
Leslie Tranter, Certified Diabetes Educator
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Jacqueline Washington: I was married 18 years and we divorced after Katrina
because he wanted to go back to New Orleans and I didn’t.
All of the memories that I had for my kids, all of the holidays, the pictures of good times,
the trophies, the diplomas, all of that that I lost and will never be able to replace.
Jacqueline Washington: My doctor told me that a way of getting over that was to write everything down
and I will always have it in my heart like that.
I went to my annual physical and found out then that I was a diabetic
and it was disappointing but it was just something I had to deal with.
In the beginning I was afraid to tell anyone.
I felt like a loser to tell you the truth.
I felt I wasn’t honest to myself far as eating properly and taking care of myself.
Jacqueline Washington: As I thought about it, it really ran in my dad’s family because
a couple of his sisters and brothers had it.
My gradmother on my father’s side had it.
The first thing I did was think about I am going to accept this.
How am I going to own it.
Jacqueline Washington: When I decided to that is when my attitude changed on how to eat better
and make myself first priority in my life. Because really before this-
before finding out I was a diabetic, everybody else came first.
You have to know this is the way I have to care for myself now. Make a choice.
Are you going to eat this? Are you going to value your health more or this ice cream?
Jacqueline Washington: Your health. You go passed it in the store. Very challenging.
Especially when you are out at events or
you're around family and everybody is just eating.
You know you have to stick to that regimen.
You have to have the power to do it and that is what accepting it is.
Jacqueline Washington: Im determined to do the right thing.
Because I don’t look forward to any of the complications.
Everything works better and looks better and is better
when you stay committed and do what you have to do as a diabetic.
The more you do it, the more your lifestyle is easier.
Leslie Tranter Certified Diabetes Educator: They're the diabetes expert- They are the one in control.
You know they can utilize their support system- maybe their doctor or their friend,
their dietician, coworkers as a part of their support system
but at the end of the day they are the one in the driver seat.
They are the one making those kind of end of the day decisions.
Jacqueline Washington: The most important thing to me is to live for myself and my kids and to see them
grow up and continue life and their life’s journeys and mine.
I am seeking a career and I am reinventing myself right now.