Wednesday Warriors

Wednesday Warrior: Uncle Dave

I’m pumped to announce this week’s Wednesday Warrior: my Uncle Dave

My Uncle Dave has always been one of my biggest role models. From his love of travel to his undeniable love for his friends and family, I’ve always looked up to him in many ways.

Throughout our years growing up, my Uncle Dave and Aunt Diane have countlessly instilled the message to my sister and I that we need to travel whenever possible and no matter what, Life is Good. I believe it’s because of them that we have lived a life full of travel and appreciation for the little things in life.

My uncle and I have been diabetic for about the same amount of years (14 years and counting). The main difference between our diabetes is the type.

My uncle was diagnosed with Type 2 and I was diagnosed with Type 1. Both affect us in different ways, but he has always held me accountable to be in control of my diabetes management and not let it prevent me from seeing the world. His lifestyle changed after being diagnosed and he’s shown me that exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way for your diabetes management.

I’m very thankful to be given such a wonderful role model to not only show me how to manage my diabetes but also to show me how Life is Good even when there are bumps along the road.

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Here is his story:

My grandmother died of diabetes. My dad died because of diabetes. Family history isn’t going to define my life.

I learned from my dad what not to do when it came to managing my diabetes.

He didn’t eat right, did no exercise and ended up on kidney dialysis 3 days a week. He died at 73.

I’ve been a Type 2 Diabetic for 14 years and I’m 67 now.

When first was told by my doctor that I was diabetic, I went to a nutritionist to start a game plan and I joined a gym and currently workout 4-5 days a week.

I got my A1C from 8.2 to 6.8.

The main reason I’m tackling my diabetes is my wife, my lifelong angel, Diane. My mom and dad were married 49 years before he passed away. We have been married almost 39 years and my goal is 50 plus years. We love to travel and meet nice people from all over the world.

Sometimes in life, we are dealt a bad card. We can mope or say “this is just a speed bump” and keep on going.

All of us diabetics have a responsibility to help other diabetics get on the right track! 

 

If you would like to personally connect with my Uncle Dave, please don’t hesitate to reach out! He would love to connect. 

You’re not in this war alone. We’re fighting this TOGETHER.

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