Then about eight years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes too. I had put on about 40 pounds since getting married, but I was still shocked.
In September 2007, at 38, I came down with bronchitis. My doctor prescribed amoxicillin and Allegra and told me to get some rest. I followed his advice and took a nap on the couch. When I woke up an hour later, my right leg was completely numb and my right arm was tingling, like a bad case of pins and needles.
Since then my family and I have hit this thing head on. I've already lost close to 50 pounds, putting me at 248 pounds. My diet has changed completely, and I now eat smaller portions and watch my sodium closely.
Though it's hard to admit, I almost died this year. I don't want to take my life for granted, and I definitely want to be around for my daughters. I'm alive and kicking, and I'm determined to take care of myself so I don't have to go through this ever again.