Welcome to my “Growing Old with Diabetes” website
Hello there, my name is Shirley Dawson and I’m a diabetic.
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.