My Well-Being story - Richard
I am 67 years old, married with 2 adult children and one grandson, 5’8” tall and am a vegetarian. For the past 25 years my weight ranged between 255 – 265 lbs. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 20 years ago and my A1C levels have ranged from 6.9 to 8.3 with an average of 7.5. Over the past 20 years, diabetes has progressively taken its toll on my body and mind. I became weaker, more tired, and had lower libido. Suffice it to say, my get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went. Three years ago, I retired from teaching and the couch became my throne. After years of low-to-normal blood pressure, it slowly crept up to about 138/88. My legs were pithing and I felt swollen all over. Through their love for me, my family continued to express concern for my future, and we all prayed for the Lord to intervene. Well…He did!!
Through an amazing series of events…miracles, my wife and daughter, who are therapists at FMC, along with my son, encouraged me, and arrangements were made for us all to register into the Well-Being program. I complied…another miracle…God is good!! From the very first meeting, I realized that I was in the right place. Dr. Hull and her amazing, qualified and experienced team expressed the knowledge, understanding, compassion, love, caring, and empathy that drew me in. I complied again…another miracle!! I followed their many wise directions and advice, went on the Keto-diet and the pounds began to drop off…another miracle…because I had tried many diets before and failed them all. It is now almost 3 months without bread…another miracle!! The Well-Being team provided truth, encouragement, and support throughout the program. I began to look forward to the meetings each week…another miracle!! I am still on my way to reaching my goals, but the story so far is as follows:
- I lost 40 lbs. and about 5” from my waist
- My A1C level is now 5.9, so my doctor discontinued one diabetes medication (Glimipiride) and reduced the other (Metformin) by one-half. He also discontinued my medication for GERD (Omeprazole) since my symptoms had decreased.
- After not exercising for years, I am now walking with my wife 2-3 times per week, and 2 days ago I walked a brisk 4 1/2 ..another miracle!!
- I now look at my feet in amazement as I can see between my toes
- And many more miracles
I thank the Lord for His amazing miracles, and I thank my wife and children, and Dr. Hull and her awesome team!! I pray that the Lord will keep me going, to own this new normal for eating and for my overall Well-Being. I am now a member of the Tribe and have new hope for my future.
“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11)