April 11, 2001

Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasion Height: 5ft 7in to 5ft 9in Weight: 130-149 lbs Onset Age: 31-40 Age Now: 31-40 Family Diabetes: Father Treatment: Diet&Oral Medication: Triglitazone,Rezulin Meter: unknown Tests: 1-2 times/day Exercise: 3-4 times/week Diet: Diabetic (20/20/60) Supplements: Calcium and vit D, multivitamin

Hi. I am a Registered Dietitian who developed diabetes due to a Pituitary tumour. When I became diabetic (even though for years I told patients I saw as a Dietitian that it was just healthy eating and no big change) I went through all the stages of grief and found out, because I am normal weight and just buying time until I need insulin, that I had to be very careful with the food I ate.

Even one timbit would make me go high and crash low. I now completely understand how people find the change in lifestyle so difficult, but it can be done; I make cookies that taste like regular cookies with Splenda, and I have even started making chocolate for my friends business that is sugar-free and really tasty.

I have adjusted now to my diabetic life, and for any newly diagnosed diabetics out there, it is a life sentence, it just takes time and creativity to make it feel like you are able to enjoy food again! I have conquered diabetes and am now working on the Osteoporosis I have from the tumour. I hope soon to write to the Osteoporosis society that I have accepted and adjusted to that!

Good luck out there, stay optimistic, and healthy!