Dolores Reisner, a patient story

Dolores has type 2 diabetes

Dolores, or Dee, as her friends and family call her, liveswith her husband of fifty years in a green, clean andquiet neighbourhood in Columbus, New Jersey.

Dee was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when she was50 years old.

So a major factor in Dee’s life with diabetes has beenlearning to deal with her stress. When her husband was55, he suffered from a cardiac arrest and their lives wereturned upside down. Dee had to help her husband witheverything for a period of six months.

It was a very stressful time, where she put on weight andher diabetes numbers were high, and even when lifereturned to normal, stress was still a part of her life. “That’swhat they tell you with diabetes. You have to control yourstress levels and that’s very hard to do especially with threechildren and seven grandchildren, somebody is alwaysdoing something, you do the best you can.”

In the last couple of years, Dee has gained a betterunderstanding of herself, as she puts it, and she has learnedto say ‘no’. “For the longest time, I had a very hard timesaying ‘no’. That created more stress than you can imagine.I always had that thought, if you say no they are not goingto like you, and then it got to the point where I thought,wait a minute, what about me? I am not liking me verymuch, because half the time I am angry, because I amdoing something I don’t want to do.”

Today Dee de-stresses with her new hobby, making quilts,which is her recipe for total relaxation. When somebody asksher a favour, she often answers, “No I am not doing that, I’drather quilt”, and that gets me of the hook, she laughs.

Although more in balance than ever before, Dee needs todeal with failing to lose weight, “It’s just a constant dailystruggle trying to do that. You gain two pounds, you losethree, and then all of a sudden you have a bad weekend andyou gain five. I try, but at least I am trying not to put moreon, and when I lose, I am very, very happy!”