For Miami Herald.
Linda Fairchild, 62, tried many diets — Atkins, Weight Watchers, liquid shakes —but she couldn’t lose a single pound.
Diagnosed with pancreatitis in 2001 and showing symptoms of both Type 1 and 2 diabetes in 2003, Fairchild found herself taking an increasing amount of insulin every year, while gaining more weight than her 5-foot-3 body could handle.
At one point, she was taking two types of insulin into her body every day, Lantus for 120 units and NovoLog for 25 units, four times a day.
“It just kind of snowballed,” said Fairchild, who weighed 160 pounds when she was diagnosed with diabetes and gained about 63 pounds.
“You get to a point where you get so disgusted when you try to do physical activity. You’re so heavy that your body can’t do it.”