Diabetes

How Robert Took Control of His Type 2 Diabetes and Life

All I remember was a blurry view as I slightly opened up my eyes in front of a medic, asking if I could hear his voice. 

I could only nod at him because I felt absolutely exhausted.

My body was aching and I could barely move a muscle.

Just before passing out, among the noise of sirens, I could hear my mom’s desperate voice begging, “Please! Bring back my son…”

I was lying on a cold floor right next to the tall stairs. My breath felt heavy, severe pain squeezed my head, my t-shirt was wet and cold from the soda spill next to me that almost looked like blood.

It looked like a scene straight from a horror movie.

I realized that I had fallen off the stairs and hit my head hard.

Somehow, I felt being carried away to an ambulance and heard my mom’s sobbing suddenly get silenced by the doors that shut behind me. 

I felt tears running down my face until I passed out again, and God knows for how long.

And that’s how I remember that spine-chilling evening of March 7, 2019.

You can’t imagine how lucky I am to share this story with you today.

What happened there was my second opportunity to look at my life from a different perspective. 

And I’m incredibly grateful for it.

I’m Robert, but my friends call me Rob. I’ve been living with my mom since my dad passed away five years ago. 

man with apples

Born and raised in a small town in Texas, I am the only child in our small family. 

Like most folks, we liked to eat plenty, and we didn’t have any health issues for many years. 

Except that everyone had a bit of extra weight, but that wasn’t a big deal.

None of us thought that one evening my mom would tell my dad his last “good night”.

His heart stopped beating in his sleep. He didn’t even feel a thing. 

Today my dad would have turned 73, and we miss him so much.

old photo of father with son

My mom is close to her 70s and she has some problems with her back. Sometimes she can’t stand up properly without my support. 

I love my mother deeply, and I can’t let her live alone like this because she’s the only family I have left.

Few days after the “lucky” accident, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it happened because of very low blood sugar levels.

My doctor told me everything I needed to know about this condition and advised me to check my blood sugar levels at least five times a day. 

The more he talked, the scarier it sounded.

He said if I didn’t manage my blood sugar levels, there wouldn’t be any more second chances. 

Untreated type 2 diabetes can lead to severe consequences:

  • Kidney disease
  • Eye damage
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • And much more nerve-related damage…

Then, the only thing in my mind was my mom. If I wasn’t going to change for myself, then I had to do it for her.

son with his mother

My mom always said that I looked great even with a few extra pounds, but I had to do something to get healthier.

The first twelve months were a complete disaster.

My mom and I tried to figure out what proper eating meant for us. We tried out all kinds of diets like low-carb, low-fat, keto, Atkins, you name it… 

We searched for answers in books, journals, forums on the internet, TV shows like Dr. Oz, and the more we researched, the more overwhelming it got…

My weight was swinging on my scale from -10 to +14 pounds. Not to mention those awful sugar highs and lows that were stressful for both of us, especially my mom.

She prayed to God every evening for me to get better.

And after two more months, her prayers were answered.

Every morning when I make her breakfast, she reads the news out loud, and we just have friendly conversations. 

One day she stumbled upon a Facebook ad about an app for diabetes management.

She asked me if I had already tried this one because I remembered we had failed with like 9 apps so far.

We both thought that it was probably another one of those one-size-fits-all apps, but actually, it offered a personalized diet plan for people with diabetes. 

And that’s why this app caught our attention.

I downloaded the app, and the process went like this:

  1. I was asked to take a 60-second quiz and provide some details about my condition, my age, gender, weight, any side illnesses, and so on.
  2. Then the information was processed by some very smart algorithm that was created by professional dietitians and endocrinologists. The summary showed what I could expect with their custom plan in the near future.
  3. And finally, I received my personalized diet plan with customizable meals that I could swap in and out.

    They also offered interactive workout sessions to lose weight faster and to better control my blood sugar.

It means that every ingredient and meal is handpicked for you based on your nutritional profile, food preferences, and diabetes management needs. 

So you don’t feel hungry, you’ll eat balanced meals rich in fiber, and avoid the worst mistakes of managing diabetes.  

Mom and I were very interested in putting this app to the test and seeing how these recipes work. Because most of them were completely new to us. 

To our surprise, it included a shopping list of ingredients that could be found at almost any grocery store.

The majority of recipes (over a thousand) were quick – from 10 to 40 minutes of preparation. So if you’re in a rush, you won’t even break a sweat making these on your own.

diabetes friendly chicken

I don’t want to sound like a spoiled man, but mom cooked some of these meals for me. They were absolutely delicious and kept me full for a long time. 

My mom carefully followed every step of the recipes and we learned to make such meals together, it was very interactive and fun to do. 

It was convenient for us because all the macros and calories were calculated for each meal. 

So after done eating, I just had to log the meal and the app tracked my calories for the day, week, month, and so on. 

These meals somehow managed to control my hunger pangs because I used to go to the fridge and eat all the time. That was one of the reasons why I used to fail losing weight.

But after several days, the fridge wasn’t on my mind that often. 

The only thing that worried me was, “When will I quit again…?”

When I tried any weight loss or diabetes management app, the most challenging part was sticking to the new diet. 

No matter the notifications, the program, the generic meals they offered, I always lost the little progress I had made after a week or two. 

Why?

Because these diets were not personalized for me, my health, or my meal preferences…

They all felt like an obstacle course because I fell over and over again until I got tired and eventually gave up.

But after a few weeks of using this diabetes management app, it didn’t feel like I had to rush and jump over giant hurdles of fasting, weird and tasteless meals, and exhausting workouts.

It felt more like a walk in the park. 

I was going at my own pace, swapped the meals I didn’t like for the ones I really enjoyed, selected recommended workouts, and was able to track the progress of my water intake, blood sugar levels, weight, sleep time, and so on.

And for this reason, I can finally say that after 8 months of using this app, my scale isn’t swinging like before. It has actually gone down.

And it’s gone down A LOT! 

Just as I feel a LOT better, a LOT healthier, a LOT stronger.

Remember when I mentioned my mom saying that I looked good no matter what size I was? I just found a picture of myself few weeks before starting this diabetes management app.

And guess what.

I was looking at a completely different person, who I barely recognized. My mood, my health, my weight – it was weird for me to see myself like that. 

I showed it to my mom, who saw my transition every day, and she was surprised how much I’ve changed since then.

Seeing her so happy and proud made me feel more confident and motivated to continue my journey.

man with his mother

Take a look at me and share your thoughts in the comments about my results. 

I want to thank my mom for helping me through my toughest times. God bless her. 

And God bless everyone who is struggling with this illness, all of our prayers go out to you guys.

Only the luckiest get a second chance.

I’m 100% sure there won’t be a third one for me. 

So I’m doing my best to live my best and support my family.

Don’t waste your life.

You only get one. 

Take this quiz now and start a happier, healthier, and stronger life like mine or even better. 

I hope you learned something valuable from my experience and how to control this unfortunate condition that millions of people live with every day.

You’ve got this!

Always consult a professional for medical advice

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