Welcome! Thank you for joining me on this journey towards better health. So far, it has been exciting, and it keeps getting better and better.
Dealing with diabetes is challenging. More precisely, diabetes had been dealing with me. When diabetes showed up, it brought some of its friends: high cholesterol, high triglycerides (fats in the blood), and high blood pressure.
Most of my doctors told me that my diabetes could not be reversed. According to my medical team, the best I could hope for was slowing the progression. Their main solution: medication on top of medication, with ever-increasing doses.
Even with treatment, I soon developed serious complications. My feet hurt. Parts of my feet burned. They call this neuropathy (nerve damage). I developed additional vision problems. The eye doctor informed me I had “atypical” cataracts.
For no additional charge, diabetes and its friend threw in a heart attack! The medical community’s response—more medication! At this point I had 14 different prescription medications. (Note: I am grateful for the medications during the heart attack–they may have saved my life.)
This all started back in 2008. I served as a Chaplain in Iraq for the US Army. Something damaged my lungs, and I was medevaced from Iraq. Whatever the cause, it resulted in a rare and difficult lung problem—Constrictive Bronchiolitis obliterans. I developed diabetes at the same time.
I always met the Army weight/height and physical fitness standards. I was not in top shape. I had a little extra weight where I did not want it. But I was active.
The lung damage limited my ability to be physically active. Even moderate activity became more difficult. Serious lung infections became frequent.
The story does not end here. More in part 2 of The Journey.
Are you ready to start your journey toward renewed health?