Life with Diabetes Transcript

“Life with Diabetes” story transcript

Chelsee Peck:Hi, my name is Chelsee Peck, and welcome to my podcast episode. Today I will be interviewing Cynthia Williams Lanier.  She’s an educator who is well-versed in diabetes and also dialysis. So she’s gonna talk to us today about her journey with both of those. So, let’s get into it.

When were you diagnosed with diabetes, and what were your symptoms?

Cynthia Williams Linear: I was diagnosed with diabetes about 15 years ago and my symptoms were extreme thirst, extreme hunger, and extreme urination periods – so much so that I would throw the car door open while driving sometimes, I would stop and have to relieve myself. And, um, that led to my going to the doctor and the doctor diagnosing, uh, that I was in fact diabetic, and my diabetes was Type II diabetes. Um, and I found out later on that after having diabetes for 15 years, your internal organs would become affected, namely, your kidney, your heart, those kind– blood pressure – things of that sort.

CP: The really important things, OK.

CWL: Yup, the really important organs are. 

CP: Yeah… OK, so how do you think diabetes and dialysis has impacted your life? 

CWL: Uh, it has impacted… they both have impacted my life tremendously. So much so that I’m on the kidney transplant register right now. Um, my kidney has gone out, um, I’ve gone through chronic kidney disease. Dialysis has taken me there, and I go to dialysis three times a week, I’m on the machine three hours each time, and, uhm, I’ve learned to be patient and just do it, although I really don’t wanna do it. I’d go ahead, and I do it, I get it over with, I watch TV, and I’m finding that it is a time for me to sit back and relax and reflect on a lot of things, uh, uhm, I’m glad that my attitude is OK with it. Uh, especially since my mother went through it, and only lasted a short time. 

CP: Yeah, so God rest her soul, and um, she lived with one kidney for a few… a few years, up into her 70’s, so…

CWL: Forty years. She had one kidney removed and she was also diabetic as well. 

CP: Mhmm…

CWL: And she lived with that one surviving kidney for 40 years. So, as I go onto uh, the kidney transplant, my daughter will be a live donor for me, and she will have one kidney as will I, and I’m just hoping I get 40 years out of it. 

CP: Yeah, definitely! We want you to be here a long, long time. 

CWL: That would be good.

CP: Yeah…

CWL: Mhmm…

CP: OK so, my last question is, when do you believe… well, what do you believe is important to know about diabetes, as far as, um, maintenance, health, and exercise? 

CWL: It’s very important to maintain your diabetes by watching your diet, um, eating more vegetables, and less sugar, or no sugar, and exercising. Even if you just walk for 30 minutes a day every day, that would – that’s powerful. And, definitely testing your blood sugar numbers and staying on top of that. Those are the most important pieces to remember and above all those, if you do go on dialysis – or if you don’t – you know, become a kidney donor, or go and see how you could become involved with the, uh, kidney donations, um, because you only need one kidney,  and you could be saving a life, especially those who live in the African American communities. 

CP: Yes, that is a very good point. So we’re gonna wrap up, and thank you so much for sharing! I believe your information will help someone out there listening, or just help someone out there in general, with a family member or what have you. So, um, thank you so much. 

CWL: You’re quite welcome. It has been my pleasure. 

CP: Awesome, mine as well!

Well, to you all who are listening, have a great evening, and thank you for coming to my podcast episode.