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Welcome to my “Growing Old with Diabetes” website


Hello there, my name is Shirley Dawson and I’m a diabetic.

Image of my mom and dad

Image of my mom and dad

I know that sounds a little like an anonymous program for addiction doesn’t it?  Well in some ways I feel like an addict – a food addict.

I’m 60 years old and I’ve had diabetes for about 10 years now.  I’ve researched the disease and have a true fear of some of the potential complications.  Especially those involving my eyesight and my extremities.

My Family History

My dad had issues with his circulation and ended up losing one kidney and then toes and finally half a left foot.  He then died from a heart attack brought on from internal bleeding due to the blood thinner medication he was taking (Coumadin).  My fear is that I will follow him, with those health issues or more.  My determination is to not have those issues.

His death was a tremendous loss to our family.  He was 67 years old and a wonderful man.  I can still see his blue eyes with a twinkle in them as he would tease us and his little half grin.

Even in a wheelchair he would do anything to solve a problem for us.  I remember in the last month or so of his life, him sitting in his wheel chair spending 35 minutes working on a stuck seat belt in my car.  He had a lot of patience and was so brave with his health problems.  He would sit on his bed for hours at night with his foot hanging, leaning over with his hand on his forehead patiently enduring the pain from the poor circulation in his legs and feet.   He was not a complainer or whiner, he was a great man and a beloved father.

I am dedicating this blog to my dad, Milus Eugene (Buddy) Culp,  who taught me so much about being gentle, brave, patriotic, working hard, loving my family, and enduring hardships.  I’m determined to become a recovered “food addict” and a healthy person and to even grow old with diabetes.

My Purpose for this Blog Site

My purpose for this site is to share my life journey living with Diabetes and hopefully growing old with diabetes.  I will be sharing things I learn about diabetic treatment and living and coping with diabetes and its complications in my life.

You can learn more about me and my ongoing struggle with diabetes in “About me.”


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page.  I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.

– Shirley

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34 comments on “Welcome

  1. pat says:

    What a lovely introduction! This is such an important page, not that I have diabetes but we should all learn to eat healthy to avoid diseases

    • admin says:

      Pat, thank you for visiting my website and for your kind comment. You are so right about everyone needing to learn how to eat for their health. Shirley

  2. Joe Werner says:


    Thanks for sharing your path dealing with health issues. I’ve been fortunate not having diabetes. However many friends do and there life revolves around shots, diet, and constant fear of what is around the corner. Because of your sharing I now have a better understanding of what they are really enduring.

    I understand health issues, mine is Arthritis, maybe not life threaten, but some days the pain is not bearable.

    Took a leap of faith on Jan 13th to see if knee replacement would relief me of some of the pain. I was out shoving snow and working around the house after 4 weeks. So far the results have been good. In fact, I’ve now scheduled to have the other knee replaced in June.

    I need to get the garden in first, then build an outdoor fireplace and get some beer brewed for competition this year or I would have schedule the surgery right after the rehab was completed. If it stops raining here maybe I’ll get all tasks completed before the 23rd of June.

    Wishing your success with your goals here at WA.

    Joe (Old Geezer)

    • admin says:

      Joe, yes be glad you do not have to deal with diabetes. The pain of arthritis is bad enough and it can be crippling. Glad your knee surgery went so well. I understand about rain – its rained so much around here this month that I’m so tired of dealing with wet and muddy feet (I can’t wear shoes over the bandages on my feet yet and keeping them dry and clean is difficult right now. Beer brewing sounds interesting. I’m not much of a beer drinker, we drink red wine because my dh’s cardiologist wants him to. I remember my mom and dad making homemade wine from our grapevines when I was a kid – didn’t turn out very good. What I’d really like is homemade rootbeer – love rootbeer. Thanks for visiting my website and your comment. Have a great evening. Shirley

  3. Hector Olivera says:

    Hello Shirley, I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 in 1994, I am 72 years old abd my A1C hovers around 130 with no drugs. I am very careful about what I eat and even indulge in a couple of glasses of red wine sometimes. I wish you success both with your condition as well as with WA

  4. I really enjoyed this site, alot due to its also my field of website. I too have type 2 diabetes and up until now visiting your page all the other info pages I looked at with questions regarding this disease where all so clinical. Thank for for having the courage to allow the public get to know you aand hare your journey!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Molina for your comment. I’m trying to be very honest and upfront with my experiences and what I’m trying and learning in how to manage my diabetes. I hope my experiences can help others with this disease. Thanks again. Shirley

    • Helene says:

      Yeah that’s what I’m talking about bay-b-nice work!

  5. Jared says:

    My grandma has diabetes and it breaks my heart to see how it has affected her. She is such a warm inviting person and to see her quality of life hampered as a result of her diabetes makes me sad. I will be sure to pass this information along!

  6. Val says:

    Your post is great, my mom contracted old age diabetes at 62. She is now 81 and lives every day with injections. She also has to be so careful what she eats, what she does constantly monitor herself.
    My Dad passed away when I was only 9 from pancreatic cancer and all of my grandparents passed from cancer, so it’s very high in my family.

    Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck with your journey

  7. John says:

    As having a dad that lost his Pancreas due to pancreatitis in 1996 and he is still going strong at 88.  This information will help me further understand his postition.

    Thanks Shirley

    • admin says:

      John, thanks for your comment. So you dad has to inject insulin now. Sounds like he is doing well. I hope to get to 88 and still be strong too. Thanks again. Shirley

  8. Andrea Roa says:

    Shirley, this is so courageous from you. Your dad’s story is so touching and this blog is such a great dedication for such a great man. All success in this new blog!

  9. Kristina says:

    What a lovely introduction! This is such an important page, not that I have diabetes but we should all learn to eat healthy to avoid diseases.

  10. Alan says:

    Hi Shirley, this is the other Alan. We also have diabetes in our family and I am well aware of all the heartache that this terrible disease causes. Loved the article. Take care.

  11. Robbie says:

    Great way to honor your dad. So happy for you and your desire to become healthier. You can do it!

  12. Alan says:

    Thanks and good job its here now but last time I was here this box was not here….   🙂

  13. ken says:

    Very nice. I too have diabetes and living out my life in that fear. Everything I do revolves around it

  14. Julia says:

    So glad you’re doing this. We can all learn from each other.

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