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  1. Kristin
    Kristin April 22, 2011 at 6:32 am | | Reply

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing your perspective, Bob.

    I, too, am way overweight, but Type 1 for about 30 years now. I have struggled since diagnosis (when thinking was not as progressive as it can be now, re causes and difficulties of diabetes) with guilt and shame and not being good enough, and therefore condemning myself to an early, painful death but worse still, the disappointment and shame of my family. (Yikes!)

    What has helped me most is to NOT look at my weight, but instead focus on health. So, if I hop on the treadmill four times a week and do pilates and stretching exercises but DON’T lose weight (which is the case), then that is okay, because I am nurturing my heart and my blood vessels and my brain and my mood. My A1C was really good this last time and my kidney and cardio measures are all good. (Not my eyes, but that is another story.) Exercise gives me more energy and makes me feel POWERFUL! (which I have to say LOUDly and with an exclamation point at the end!), so I keep doing it, even though it doesn’t affect my weight.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Agree that we have to be supportive of each other and not waste energy “infighting.” Best of health to you!

    Kristin

  2. Kim
    Kim April 22, 2011 at 7:20 am | | Reply

    I love Bob’s perspective. And I’m so glad to see a post from him, here. :)

    Beautifully written as always, Bob!

  3. Scott Strange
    Scott Strange April 22, 2011 at 8:41 am | | Reply

    Great post, Bob!

  4. Sue/RFamHere
    Sue/RFamHere April 22, 2011 at 9:17 am | | Reply

    Amen! Wonderful post!

  5. Linda
    Linda April 22, 2011 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    Thanks for doing this series. I did’t know that you could expect diabetes 2 to be progressive. I keep learning about this diabetes as I go along. My doctor is no help really. My A1c is is the 6 range, but I wonder if I should be testing more. I’m sure I probably have spikes now and then. I’ll be reading these stories with interest. Thanks again and good luck Bob. Linda

  6. Scott Strumello
    Scott Strumello April 22, 2011 at 11:09 am | | Reply

    I’m glad Bob is able to bring his story to a larger audience thanks to DiabetesMine. I think there’s a lot to learn from other PWDs regardless of type, and I hope this online community helps everyone cope!

  7. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson April 22, 2011 at 11:17 am | | Reply

    I too love Bob’s perspective, and am also very glad to see a post from him here! Great post Sir Bob!

  8. Cherise
    Cherise April 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm | | Reply

    Excellent post! I love reading Sir Bob’s post! He’s an excellent writer. Thank you for sharing his story.

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  10. Melitta
    Melitta April 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm | | Reply

    Awesome post, thanks Bob!

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