Everyday Diabetes: Melissa Kane – Single Mother, Business Owner, Type 2 Diabetic
Melissa Kane took care of her late mother for 10 years while she battled the effects of Type 2 Diabetes. And when Melissa, a 39-year-old New Hampshire native and single mother of two boys, found out she herself had the disease, she knew she had to take control of her life.
And that’s just what she did –losing 80 lbs (32kg) over a two year span. Now, she’s never been happier or healthier.
This determined, small business owner is a fighter, and an inspiration to anyone looking to overcome life’s obstacles. She recently spoke with Everyday Diabetes Magazine from her home in Bainbridge, New York.
What was your reaction when you found out you had diabetes?
I was very worried and very shocked. I had previously seen what my mother had gone through (I was her caregiver) and I didn’t want that same life for myself so, I knew I had to change my lifestyle.
Has having diabetes affected your day-to-day professional life?
I travel a lot for work so it played a huge role in my professional life. I had to carry a cooler with me at all times because I was insulin dependent due to my A1C being so high. It also affected my driving ability as I would suffer from major headaches also caused by very low blood pressure. My feet would cramp from just driving due to high sugars all the time.
How has it affected your personal life?
I had major mood swings, was sick a lot. And I didn’t feel the like I had enough energy to complete everyday functions as a mother. I was tired all the time.
What do you think about diabetes awareness in America?
I don’t think there is enough of it, people d Continue reading