A Friend With Type 2 Diabetes

A Friend With Type 2 Diabetes
©Thomas Kelley 2016

My best friend has Type 2 diabetes. He’s younger than me and it’s crazy to think that his diagnosis is real because he’s younger than me. Looking back into the times we would hang out in my hometown I knew he didn’t really eat the best but I never thought he would get a serious medical condition from his poor eating habits or lack of exercise.

I would hang with him as much as I could and we would laugh and discuss crazy topics about life without thinking about the future.

When he let me know he had Type 2 Diabetes I didn’t believe him at first. It finally hit me when he let me know he was going to the gym and he would prove it to me by sharing his heart rate with me over text via our Samsung phones.

It just angers me that my friend is sick. I just found out that Type 2 Diabetes has no cure. I find it unbelievable that this was even possible to anyone I know.

You see my friend is only 24, and his illness is forever. This motivated me to learn more about Type 2 Diabetes and to interview my best friend about this new chapter in his life.

I learned that Type 2 Diabetes is a condition where your body counters the effects of insulin or it can instead not let your body produce enough insulin to maintain a balanced sugar level. Insulin regulates the movement of sugar into the cells in your body.

You can research online about any disease but I find that having an actual firsthand conversation with someone who has Type 2 Diabetes will give me a better understanding than just reading about the science of the disease.

I asked my best friend a few questions because he’s not much of a talker. But he did answer my main curiosities.

What was your life like before you were diagnosed?

I ate whatever I wanted. I really never had to worry about having sugar high and this and that. I suffer now because I can’t eat what I want. I sometimes sneak snacks but my girlfriend always catches me.

What kind of diabetes do you have? Why do think you have diabetes?

I have type 2 diabetes and I think i have it because it runs in the family. It sucks having Type 2 Diabetes at 24 years old.

What does the future hold for you with this diagnosis?

My future depends on how I go about it. If I keep eating a low carb diet and working out daily I’ll be fine. My weight went from 209 to about 170 pounds due to my new diet and exercise.

What’s one lesson you learned or are learning from this experience?

I guess one lesson is that Type 2 Diabetes is not a joke. This disease is real, and if I do not follow my diet to keep my sugar at a regular level I will get exhausted and thirsty. I did not really think my diagnosis was that serious at first but now I realize it is.

Now, this was my first interview I have ever written and I’m glad it was with by best friend than a professional. Our experiences together have made it easy for me to ask personal questions like this that may not have very serious answers.

I find it relieving that he takes it one day at a time. If he would have been upset or depressed over his diagnosis it would have concerned me.

In life, God brings us each our challenges and we must learn from them. Although my friends has a disease that will be with him until death now, he is living a more active and healthier lifestyle. A better lifestyle than before.

It’s important to take care of ourselves while we’re young so that we can prevent these things from happening to us.

I do understand that there are people who receive these kinds of adversities doing everything healthy they can in the rule book.

If you’re struggling with your health you can find relief in Jesus.

It’s only through Him we can be healed radically.

Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.

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