Title: Meet Doris
Doris Voice Over:
I'm feeling better now, seems like, than before I had diabetes. Maybe
because I'm doing everything that I should’ve been doing before I had diabetes.
Narrator Voice Over:
Meet Doris, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2006. After a
rocky start, Doris never thought she’d ever get her blood sugar under control. Turns out she was wrong.
Title: How I Learned I had Diabetes
I just knew in the back of my mind that something just was not right. Two days
later I was in the emergency room. They told me that I had diabetes.
Doris On Camera:
Actually I have a history of diabetes, it runs through my family. So I have
two brothers and a sister, that they have diabetes. Even though it ran in my family. It was just something that I just I guess I thought it would never happen to me.
I was so scared, I actually went through panic attacks. Then I called my brother, I was like
okay, I can't deal with this, you know, I need to come over there, I need to be with you for about a week. You know, 'til I get my mind together.
Title: Getting Comfortable With Injections
Luckily one of my neighbors, she came down and showed me how to work the
syringe and the vial.
The reality set in once I got out of the hospital. It's like, you got to measure this
and you got to use a separate syringe. So it was like oh my goodness. A couple of months later is when they came out with the pen. And I was just too relieved. Fortunately, I only had to take the LANTUS® once a day, at the same time each day, so that made things a little bit more manageable.
To help ensure an accurate dose each time, follow all steps in the instruction
leaflet that comes with your pen. Otherwise, you may not get the correct amount of insulin, which may affect your blood sugar levels.
Title: Controlling My Blood Sugar
I was just determined that I was not going to let it get the best of me. Doris OC:
I did everything I could to find out about this disease. I went to my doctor, I
followed her advice. You know, did what I was supposed to do, eat right, take the medication,
exercise. Narrator VO:
Insulin is taken as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan, which may
include diet, exercise, and other diabetes medications.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as LANTUS®. Ask your doctor
how often and when you should check your blood sugar. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical
supervision. Doris OC:
When I first started taking LANTUS®, oh you know, we were constantly changing
the medication. You know, increasing the dosage, decreasing the dosage, whatever she
thought that was best for me.
The most common side effect of insulin, including LANTUS®, is low blood sugar
(hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as
shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects
may include injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life
SUPER: Taking LANTUS® SoloSTAR® since 2008.
When I made the switch from the vial to the LANTUS® SoloSTAR®, it was like the
best thing that ever happened to me. (Laughs) It was like (Sigh) so easy, you know? You just
turn the knob to the dosage that you need, put the little needle on there, and stick and go. VO:
Today, Doris has adjusted to a diabetes treatment plan of oral medications, a healthy
diet, regular exercise, and LANTUS®.
Title: Living With Diabetes.
I am so happy, because I know that I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, and my
doctor's happy, too.
LANTUS® is a part of my life. It's incorporated into my routine. Even though I only
have to take it once a day, it's still a part of my routine. It's like brushing my teeth or, you know, just combing my hair, it’s just routine.
Doris believes the support of others is a big part of her success.
I do encourage people to not go it alone. Get into some kind of support group. Get
you a good doctor that you could relate to. And it helps, all of that helps in managing your diabetes.
I'm testing my blood sugar at least four times a day. So I know where my numbers are.
(Laughs) You know? When those numbers come up it's like yes, yes, I'm doing something right.
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