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Dolores Reisner, type 2 diabetes, US (02:34)
Dolores, or Dee, as her friends and family call her, lives with her husband of fifty years in a green, clean and quiet neighbourhood in Columbus, New Jersey.
Dee was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when she was 50 years old.
So a major factor in Dee’s life with diabetes has been learning to deal with her stress. When her husband was 55, he suffered from a cardiac arrest and their lives were turned upside down. Dee had to help her husband with everything for a period of six months.
It was a very stressful time, where she put on weight and her diabetes numbers were high, and even when life returned to normal, stress was still a part of her life. “That’s what they tell you with diabetes. You have to control your stress levels and that’s very hard to do especially with three children and seven grandchildren, somebody is always doing something, you do the best you can.”
In the last couple of years, Dee has gained a better understanding of herself, as she puts it, and she has learned to say ‘no’. “For the longest time, I had a very hard time saying ‘no’. That created more stress than you can imagine. I always had that thought, if you say no they are not going to like you, and then it got to the point where I thought, wait a minute, what about me? I am not liking me very much, because half the time I am angry, because I am doing something I don’t want to do.”
Today Dee de-stresses with her new hobby, making quilts, which is her recipe for total relaxation. When somebody asks her a favour, she often answers, “No I am not doing that, I’d rather quilt”, and that gets me of the hook, she laughs.
Although more in balance than ever before, Dee needs to deal with failing to lose weight, “It’s just a constant daily struggle trying to do that. You gain two pounds, you lose three, and then all of a sudden you have a bad weekend and you gain five. I try, but at least I am trying not to put more on, and when I lose, I am very, very happy!”
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