Hi everyone, I am so happy to begin to finally be signed up on the dLife diabetes community! I was diagnosed with diabetes around 15 years ago after I had septic shock because of a miscairrage. It was a horrible time for me and my family did not think I was going to live through it. I had been in a coma for a week and finally had recovered. I was weak and frail so I decided to eat whatever I wanted. I never really had a good diet (I used to eat a lot of fast food and cakes growing up). So off I was eating and eating. I then went to the doctor and they had discovered I had diabetes. I was horrified! It had been in my family with my fathers sister having type 1 and my father with type 2. I started on metformin and continued my ways. Might I mention here that no one EVER told me to visit a nutritionist or dietitian to advise me on how to manage this. Like I said I continued my ways. Fastforward 10 years later, still had not seen a nutritionist or dietitian, my doctor told me I was headed for insulin. I was even more horrified and scared! I didn't want to be on insulin. I would also like to mention that I was speaking with my father and telling him he needed to get eat better and exercise. I got off the phone and at that minute I had my AHH moment. I though, what am I doing, I am preaching to him about his health and I am not even taking care of mine! So I went to see the doctor again, she put me on Ongylza along with metformin and within 6 months I lost 50 pounds. I though my diabetes would go away, but nope still have it. It is frustrating to have but I think at least I am alive and well. Might I add as well that I have 1 kidney as well because of Wilm's tumor as a child. After losing the weight and researching out myself what and how to eat, I decided that I wanted to go to school and become a nutritionist; so I did and I am in the process of getting my Bachelors in Health and Wellness because I feel that not only diabetes a nutrition disease it is also a holoistc disease as well. My A1c is 5.4 and I feel pretty good about where I am headed. I have also signed on to being a coach at Beachbody to help people achieve their goals and lose weight. I do not that 1 day things will progress but for now I feel great. I want to help others because I know just how it feels to have not had any guidance when being diagnosed. This is truly my passion helping people with their diabetes.