A Sad Story Told All Too Often
I came across a story today that got me pretty emotional. It is not a happy story. It is not a story that ends with a smile. It is the type of story that leaves you uneasy. It is the type of story that touches you because you know what it’s like. You wish you were there to help out. If only we met this person ten years ago, her life would look completely different. It is the story of how one person, Lizmari, went looking for help through her diagnosis of diabetes. As you can imagine, she was not able to find much.
Liz was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes back in 2009. The article she wrote was published in 2013. She spent four years frustrated with the traditional medical arena. She could not get answers. However, the story starts long before she was “officially diagnosed.”
Back in 2006, she had received health screens to find out what was wrong with her. She felt anxious, fatigued, and depressed and wanted to find any physiological reasons for her problems. One of the tests they gave her was a fasting glucose test – a test to see how your glucose levels are sitting without having anything to eat. They found her levels to be 143 mg/dL, which is pretty high and a sign of diabetes mellitus. However, they did not even mention this! They told her that the levels aren’t bad and that everything will be fine. Fine? If somebody is showing signs of a disease of that magnitude, we find it disgusting to keep this information from him/her. It was as if it didn’t cross the mind of the doctor to dig deeper. She was just another patient to be dismissed.
With the knowledge of her glucose levels, she went a whole year before going to the doctor again. She had been experiencing huge amounts of fatigue and depression, both of which are symptoms of untreated diabetes . She was put on several medications, but nothing seemed to work. She even experienced a major seizure during this time. When she did go back to the doctor, she was tested for liver functionality. They found that she had “fatty liver” (which is what it sounds like), but they did not make the connection between that and the possibility of diabetes. One of the most common connections to fatty liver is being diabetic or pre-diabetic. Are you kidding me? They didn’t even try to make that connection which we find to be horribly irresponsible and immoral, especially after knowing of her consistently high blood sugar levels.
Her frustration comes out when she says, “it lead me to believe that something was seriously WRONG with our medical systems if so many red flags went up and none were investigated.” We understand that frustration, and we wish nothing more than to have been her guide in her pursuit for truth. Unfortunately, this occurred long before Beta BIOS was even a thought.
The story continues as she constantly fought her narcolepsy-like problem of falling asleep in the middle of the day, feeling exhausted. She finally went back to the doctor in 2009 to get more tests done. This time her fasting blood glucose levels were 235 mg/dL and her HbA1c was 10.5%. Can you believe it got to that point? After years of trying to find out what was wrong, they finally made the connections and diagnosed her with Type 2 Diabetes.
It doesn’t stop after this. The doctor told her, “let me go to the American Diabetes Association website, so I can tell you what to do” . Not only was the physician not able to make any connections to diabetes, she didn’t have the knowledge of how best to deal with the situation. Again, if only we were there to give her the tools she needs to be happy and healthy. Our only regret is not starting this venture earlier to help people in similar situations.
Years later, she is still unclear of what to do. We applaud her resilience to the system by doing her own research on how to best handle her condition, but it is so sad to see a lack of sound advice floating around on the market. She is venturing out into this world of diabetes alone.
Talk about adding more stress to her life. No wonder she was depressed for so long. Feeling lost and not having anyone to give you direction will certainly add to your problems. It is so sad to hear stories like this, and there are plenty of them out there. It is to help people like Liz that we started this company. We want to end these stories that so frequently come up.
If you feel any sort of connection to how Liz was feeling, then we urge you to make the change that you want to see. Let us help you in your search for answers and direction. We understand everything there is to know about this condition, and all we want to do is help you live the best life possible. If you are interested in learning more about how we can make the difference in your life that you deserve, sign up for our Starter Guide and e-Book while it is still free!
We find stories similar to Liz all the time, and our mission is to be your guiding light to a happy and healthy life. It breaks our heart to see people like Liz looking for answers but finding no one out there who cares. That is what separates us from any one else in the market: we thrive on seeing your happiness.
 Medical News Today. (2017). High blood sugar ‘raises depression risk’ in diabetics. [online] Available: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278640.php Accessed: 14 Oct 2017.
 Medlineplus.gov. (2017). Fatty Liver Disease | MedlinePlus. [online] Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/fattyliverdisease.html Accessed: 14 Oct 2017.
 The Type 2 Experience. (2017). Angry For Change: A Type 2 Diabetic’s Diagnosis Story | The Type 2 Experience. [online] Available: http://thetype2experience.com/?p=262 Accessed: 14 Oct 2017.