After Abby Edwards was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2004, she spent the better part of a decade carefully managing her symptoms with prescribed oral medications, a strict diet and an impressive exercise routine.
By 2014, though, something was off. “I just didn’t feel well; I didn’t feel like myself,” she described.
Despite hearing otherwise from her doctors at the time, Abby’s instincts led her to believe that her symptoms had more to do with her diabetes than poor health.
SEEKING AN EXPERT'S OPINION
She decided to see a different specialist, and was referred to Dr. Komal Patil-Sisodia, who practices endocrinology at EvergreenHealth.
From their first meeting, Abby knew she had found a partner who was a passionate advocate for her health.
“I felt for the first time that someone really listened to my story and was determined to figure out what was going on,” she said.
Together, they ran a series of tests— new tests—that would reveal why her regimen, despite her commitment to a healthy lifestyle, seemed to be failing.
“Listening to Abby set something off in my mind,” Dr. Patil-Sisodia explained. “It was very apparent that she didn’t have the typical indicators of a Type 2 diabetic and her body wasn’t responding to the medications she had been taking for 10 years.”
Dr. Patil-Sisodia’s test confirmed that Abby’s pancreas had completely ceased producing insulin and that she in fact had Type 1 diabetes, which is managed with a very different approach.
It’s why no medication, other than insulin, would effectively treat her symptoms.
CHANGING HER DIABETES CARE PROGRAM
They immediately began a new regimen of insulin injections and regular blood-sugar level checks and eventually transitioned Abby to an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor that she wears around the clock to help manage her blood sugar and insulin levels.
“I have a great deal of respect for Abby and her motivation. She took the bull by the horns and followed up with diabetes education, focused on her diet and learned how to trust her body again,” Dr. Patil-Sisodia shared.
Observing the two, it’s evident that feeling of respect is mutual. Now a year after her Type 1 diagnosis, Abby describes having a new lease on life.
“I had gotten to the point where I had lost confidence in doing simple things I once enjoyed. But by following Dr. Patil-Sisodia’s instructions and learning how to trust my body again, I feel like I’ve gotten my life back,” she explained.
“I can’t think of a better outcome to any story,” Dr. Patil-Sisodia beamed.