Back to Parents' Voices Brenda Richardson
In 1990 my mother was diagnosed with type 2 and was also diagnosed with high blood pressure. The doctor at the time told her if she would lower her blood pressure, her diabetes would go away. So she did or took nothing for high blood sugars for 4 years. Her sugars constantly averaged 240. In 1994, she moved with my dad to another part of Arkansas and had to find another doctor, of course. He put her on Glucotrol, 40 mg a day. Her blood sugar then was averaging in the 300's.

For the next year and a half, her doctor tried to help my mother, but her eyesight was almost gone, and her family knew nothing about the diabetes disease. In August of 1996, she had a heart attack. She died 14 days later. The cardiologist said her blood vessels in her heart were thinner than thread and he gave her 5 years to live, but she didn't make it.

In January of 1998, I was diagnosed with type 2 also. I then found in June of 1998, that my daughter of 16 years has MODY. Since I feel that my mother's death was untimely, I am doing all I can do to learn about this disease. Our blood sugars average around 100 and our A1cs are 5.4, down from 8.1. We exercise daily and have lost 35 pounds each. I want to know more about MODY.

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