After being diagnosed with coronary artery disease, diabetes, hepatic cellular disease, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy I was also diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in my neck and spine and a severe disc disease. I was taking approximately 30 pills and three to five insulin shots a day and was getting sicker and weaker. Several doctors determined that I needed surgery, but they refused to do it locally. My condition was so severe that they would only do surgery in a university setting. I was dying slowly; however, after two months in bed I decided simultaneously that I did not want to live like that and I was unwilling to die.
My name is Alice Brown and I am an 81 year old woman who has had diabetes since age 65. Previously, I had four different surgeries removing arteries from my left leg to replace damaged arteries in my right leg.
I have been a carpenter for about 30 years and a diagnosed diabetic for more than 20 years. Recently, at age 51, I was kicked out of a diabetes study at Baylor Diabetes Research Center, Dallas Texas, for being too well!