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"...keep doing it because your blood sugar numbers look perfect."

"Mrs. De Los Rios, whatever you're doing, keep doing it because your blood sugar numbers look perfect."

No, the doctor wasn't speaking to me. He was praising my mother for her recent blood work results at her 4-week follow-up.

Follow up to what, you ask?

Almost exactly 8 years ago from today, my mom was at her 4-week follow-up from receiving a kidney transplant. This transplant took place because she had lost kidney function as a result of her out of control Type 2 Diabetes.

Let me rewind several years before that and give you a quick snapshot of what life looked like for my mother before this miracle...

Taking a selfie with my mom!

At the young age of 40 years old, my mother was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. At that time (35 years ago), a diagnosis like that was not very common for a woman so young. As I am quickly approaching 40, I realize just how young that really is.

Unfortunately, now in 2015, being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes as young as adolescence has become common place. In fact, 4.3 million people between the ages of 20 and 44 have already been diagnosed with diabetes.

For my mother, this is where her downward spiral began, but it was slow, so even she didn't notice how bad her health was deteriorating until it was almost too late.

I was really young then. I didn't understand what the word "Diabetes" meant, nor did I understand why my grandmother (my mom's mother) gave herself injections 3 times a day, before every meal. I later learned that these were her insulin shots and she had been suffering from the same disease since her 60s.

This made the diagnosis even more frightening for my mother...

Since her mother had been diagnosed, she was a slave to daily shots – 3x per day. What would this mean for her at age 40? A lifetime of shots, doctors, and frequent hospital visits?

The sad truth is, that's exactly what happened.

From ages 40 to 65 my mom's struggle was a painful one. She never gained control of her high blood sugar readings, and every year brought on a new combination of medications, none of which ever brought her blood sugar under control. When one medication was taken away, two or more came in to replace it, all in an effort to get my mother's blood sugar back to normal...with no success.

My mom before she took back her health

Eventually, the overload of excess sugar and overwhelming number of medications took a real toll on my mother's kidneys (not to mention her energy levels, her spirit, and her personality as a whole). Although my mother was never formally diagnosed, I know she also suffered from a dark depression during this time.

I mean, how could you not?

A young mother with two small girls, working two jobs to help provide for our struggling family. It was just all too much to handle.

This all resulted in my mother needing three sessions per week of dialysis treatments to keep her alive. If you're not familiar with dialysis, it is the process of being attached to a machine that does the filtering job of the kidneys when the kidneys are no longer able to perform this function.

For my mom this was almost a sentence to death. Life as she knew it was now over...

She had to quit her job so she could attend her dialysis treatments three days a week for four hours at a time. The day after treatment she was lethargic and nauseous, and just as that passed it was time for treatment again.

Where was I during this time?

Right by my mother's side, studying and reading everything I could to help change my mother's situation, but in many ways she was in too deep, and honestly, she wasn't open to the idea of changing her eating habits or her exercise level. I continued my studying, but she continued to deteriorate.

Mom with her grandsons

The day my mom received the call that a kidney was available specifically for her was four years into her dialysis treatments. I can promise you that much longer than that and I would not be celebrating Mother's Day with my mom this year. Not only was she emotionally spent, her body was shutting down fast.

I will never forget the second my mom opened her eyes post 8-hour kidney transplant surgery. I was there, waiting in her recovery room, waiting to celebrate this miracle, but the first words my mom said will never leave me...

"Isabel, God has given me a second chance. I will do everything you tell me to do like your best student."

It's hard for me to ever tell this story without tearing up. Four weeks after my mother's transplant, with her following the exact meal plan I created for her, my mother received the gleaming report from her doctor you read above...

"Mrs. De Los Rios, whatever you're doing, keep doing it because your blood sugar numbers look perfect."

This accomplishment was actually pretty incredible considering all of the anti-rejection medications she was taking post-transplant.

Mama De Los Rios After

How is my mom doing today?

Well, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here she is!

So if someone you love is currently suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, or any other blood sugar issues, please share this story with them. I don't believe any of my mother's suffering was in vain. If her story can continue to help thousands around the world, I would love your help spreading the word.

» THIS is how my mom got off of blood sugar medications for good

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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