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I was on another forum some time ago, but it became very disjointed, so I disappeared for awhile.

I was told many migrated here, so hello to all of you that I did not mention.

Special thanks to my friend Frank. You had a profound impact on my life and my understanding of T2 diabetes. I'll be forever grateful.

It's been nearly three years since diagnosis and I'm doing as well as ever. Started with insulin and a very low carb diet, added exercise a couple of months later, shed alot of weight. Modified the diet a little bit to add a bit more natural carb (fruit and veggies only - still avoided grains, etc) because I was tolerating it well. My dosage of insulin kept dropping and my sugars normalized more and more as the weight dropped. Long story short, it took six months for me to get off all meds. And I've been med free for the past 2 years. That may change some day, but for now I'm good to go. In those two years without insulin, my highest A1c has been 5.2 and I just registered my lowest A1c at 5.0, so it's been consistent. My c-peptide is low normal which I'm ecstatic about. In all, I've dropped around 95 lbs, but I felt I was below my optimal weight and have elected to put a bit of "good weight" back on (strength conditioning). So I'm at a trim 160 now and I feel terrific.

I can say in all honesty, that without the direction, knowledge and support of some great people, I would have not had the success I've enjoyed.

It's funny how you can have such a large impact on people you've never met.

And for those of you struggling with this, stay strong and fight through it. There is so much you can do to get better. For those who are newly diagnosed, it's normal to worry, but it is not the end of the world. You can choose to be a victim and another statistic, or you can use it to empower you.

Good luck to you all.
 

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How could we forget?! :D You were the poster boy for taking control and you still are, I see! heheh! Excellent! Can you stick around a little while & fill us in on the latest? Still in the lab? Ever get married? Gosh it's good to see you again!
 

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How could we forget?! :D You were the poster boy for taking control and you still are, I see! heheh! Excellent! Can you stick around a little while & fill us in on the latest? Still in the lab? Ever get married? Gosh it's good to see you again!
I'll be around. Wow, you do remember. No, still not married. She's being a pain so I'm throwing it right back at her. Once she's whipped into shape, then we'll get married. I'm a real stubborn SOB. But that stubbornness helped me with T2.

I'm just playing, we just haven't gotten around to it yet. Too much going on right now. She wants the wedding, the baby, the house and she wants it all - last Saturday. I'm trying to go a little slower and use a little bit of common sense along the way and plan things out. With the economy as it is, and with us each owning our own house - it's kinda tough to get a bigger house because we'd have to dump the two we own now. Not the best market unless you want to take a loss. I think part of the miscommunication is the age difference (I'm 42, she's 28).

I'm still supervisor of the chemistry lab, but I've been off-site for about a year now working on an IT project. That brought new challenges. In the lab, no food allowed. In an office, it's eat what you want, when you want and every day there's about 200 lbs of junk food laying around. I've been pretty good with it though.

I've been TERRIBLE with my daily checking of my BG (I highly recommend NOT doing that, daily monitoring is a must to get control), but it got boring. It was always 83, 91, 88.... all rewards, but no kicks in the butt. And when the A1c's turn out so well, it just gets easy to slack with the daily monitoring.

So, even though I'm doing great with it, I know I have to buckle down again.
 

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Hey, jps! Hail and welcome!
 

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Always glad to have people contribute.

welcome to THIS forum(?)!
 

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Hey jps and Welcome! Although I'll admit I am not as active over here as I would like to be... only so many hours in the day.

Glad to hear you are continuing to do well although I never doubted you would... your incredible improvement has been a constant inspiration!

Cheers
 

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I was so glad to see your screen name, again! WOW -- you HAVE done well!!!

I am glad happy you are here and know you will contribute a LOAD of good ideas and thoughts!
 

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Who could forget. Glad to see your still around.
 

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Thanks all

My time isn't what it used to be, but my intention is to be here more often. Part of it is selfish - I do feel like sharing ideas and observations with others in this predicament is a strong part of my treatment.

Also, I'll never forget that hopeless feeling upon diagnosis, so I know other people feel the same way. I'd like to help them out as others have helped me out if I can.
 

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Hi there, nice to meet you. I'm fairly new to the forum, but reasonably active here. Hope to get to know you - it sounds like you've done GREAT at controlling things, something I'm also trying to do!

See you around :D
 
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welcome JPS :) onya for making fantastic effort with your BGLs and weight loss. I've had the D for 12+ years now and it's always been full of surprises just when you think you've got it right.... so no slacking off is allowed basically.
 

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Well well!!! JPS, May I welcome you to this forum. You would be a excellent member to this forum as experience that you have will certainly help the community here!! :D
Congrats on your achievements as I read through this thread. Great work indeed. :D
 

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Welcome! I hope you visit often. It is good to have you hear.
 
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