My Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis: Sue Heck’s Story
Sue Heck shares the steps she took to manage her type 2 diabetes after the surprising diagnosis.
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Sept. 28, 2012
How it was found
She was expecting good news following routine blood work. Instead she learned she likely had type 2 diabetes. A followup test confirmed it.
Her blood sugar
Her hemoglobin A1C (a key diabetes blood test) was 10.5, so high she was on the verge of needing daily insulin injections.
Heck, 61, of Kutztown, didn’t have any typical symptoms (such as increased thirst or urination). And she’s aware of them – she’s a registration specialist at the Helwig Health and Diabetes Center.
What she did next
She hopped on a treadmill and began to change her life.
“My mind was made up,” she says. “This was my wake-up call.”
Eat healthier, take long walks with her husband, Richard, and take Janumet, an oral medication prescribed by her caregiver, Judith Brooks, CRNP.
Her hemoglobin A1C is down to 5.8 (a normal range), she feels better than she hasin years, and she’s lost 20 pounds.
Her new passion
“Being a cheerleader for diabetes education,” she says.
Her health care provider’s take
“I’m so proud of Sue,” Brooks says. “Instead of being devastated by her diagnosis, she embraced it and took the necessary steps to take care of herself.”