Type 2 Diabetic Al Garner talks with icyou about his experience with the disease.
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Question: Why do you walk for diabetes? Al Garner: My daughter passed away in March from diabetes applications. In honor of her, we have a team called Shaun Sop, Shaun is her name. Question: Family history of diabetes? Al Garner: Well, my mother was a diabetic and her great grandmother. So yeah it was slight down. My great grandmother was Indian and it was really prominent in American Indians, and matter of fact, it was called a sweetness sickness back then. So yeah, yeah, because you know people get sick, they may go into almost daily and they -- but my great grandmother had it, skipped my grandmother, my mother got it, I got it and my daughter. Question: What symptoms have you experienced with diabetes? Al Garner: General symptoms I dealt with, the thirst and the frequent urinations, and losing weight. Question: What was your reaction when you were diagnosed? Al Garner: I knew I could adjust, I didn't want to. I knew it was going to change my life drastically so I was thinking I couldn't eat anymore or eat as much. I had to watch my diet, and take care of myself, take care of my feet, you know rest of so it changed me that way. I had to be more protective of me because there were so many cases of people losing their feet and legs, stubbing their toes and the bruise getting worsen, turning to black and blue, so those kind of things geared me, those things were concerns, but I knew what to do to get that. Question: Living with Diabetes? Al Garner: I am a boxing coach. I was in boxing as -- I know so I still do things. I was running in a 20K in the City of New Haven yearly with diabetes. I mean you can do it. Question: Advice for other recently diagnosed? Al Garner: Well, don't give up on your dreams whatever they are. It can still happen. You can still do it. My mother is 82. She is still going with diabetes. She is had it since she was 40 I believe. Female Speaker: So you have Type 2 then? Al Garner: Yeah. So you can keep going. You have it but you know some things you can't do, there are still a whole lot of things you can do. So don't give up on life, you know there's been pro football players, basketball players, hockey players, you know -- Female Speaker: And boxing. Al Garner: And boxing. So you can still keep on going.