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Overcoming Type 2 Diabetic Neuropathy: Marilyn's Story of Hope | Real Stories

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Marylin shares her type 2 diabetes story overcoming diabetic neuropathy

"On January 15th, 2015, I woke up and couldn’t move any part of my body. I was rushed to the hospital and after days of testing it was explained to me, because of the diabetes, I had too high blood glucoses despite the use of my drugs, the doctor had found my nerves had short circuited in my back and resulting in a diagnosis of Diabetic Neuropathy".

Marilyn's story can't only be summed up as "remarkable" as her medical doctor had stated in the letter below. This type 2 diabetes story is one that is AMAZING and brings HOPE for many others! 

After 9 weeks, of hospitalization, testing, rehabilitation, I was released from hospital. Still not being able use my legs, I relied on a wheelchair and walker to get around, needing constant care daily. One of the requirements for me to be allowed to go home from the hospital, was there had to be someone there with me 24/7. I am a widow, so I had a relative move into my home. Community Access provided home care nursing and support staff to help with my personal needs and hygiene.

In my mid-fifties my life had collapsed

I was facing a lifetime of diabetes, using an insulin pump, living in constant pain, inability to sleep on a myriad of drugs including Hydromorphone and experiencing every kind of side-effect you could imagine. I had lost my independence, using a wheelchair and walker, I couldn’t take care of myself. I was living from my long-term disability from work for a maximum of 2 years. I was facing a deadline, or I would be relegated to government disability and lose my home, my vehicles, lose my whole way of life. I was terrified, feeling helpless and hopeless.

Braces on Both Legs and a Cane

By January 2016, I graduated into Braces on both legs and a Cane to help walk, I was starting to move around but still unable to even get up steps. It seemed like a victory, yet I knew the clock was ticking for me to get back to work and at this rate it wasn’t going to happen. By April 2016, I was completely aware that something was needing to change. As a last resort, I finally called Darlene at Unicity, I was at the end of my options, and I needed to quit resisting reaching outside of the medical community and do what I knew was right for me.

I Finally Reached Out for Help

I knew Darlene from Enrich days and knew as I picked up the phone that she would always be there for me, I just avoided calling all this time because I thought “I couldn't spend the money.” She immediately welcomed me and told me to come to her place she needed to take a look at me. I don’t think she knew what to expect. I needed help even getting into her home. We chatted about what was going on with me and she immediately responded, “Marilyn you need help”. Darlene advised me to start on the Feel Great System products, explaining that especially focusing on Unicity Balance with the help of diet, some exercise and accountability we could do this and get me back to work.

I took the leap of commitment, not faith, to get control of my health, my life and my future. Sure, I needed to get my finances in order, but I called back in two days and got started.

Things Began to Change

By July 2016, I lost 19 pounds and 13 inches. I was getting to feel back in my legs as I could feel them tingling, I knew they are coming alive! I was walking without braces on my legs or the use of a cane, beginning to wear ‘real shoes’; walking city blocks daily, when only weeks earlier I couldn’t get out of my house. I was again tending my garden, strolling and taking pictures, which was an impossibility for the previous 18 months. I was going to the gym 3 times a week to the elliptical bike, rowing machine and lifting weights to continue to build more lean tissue and improve my mobility.

I also began adding other products from Unicity, like the Complete Protein, BM&C, Bone Fortify as well as the Joint Mobility as they all helped with the pain in my legs and reducing Inflammation in my body.  Because of all these products I was able to cut insulin in half and have lowered my A1C by 4 points.

Evaluation to Go Back to Work

In Sept. 2016, I began my evaluation to be allowed to go back to work. I went through every kind of test to affirm that I was ‘fit’ and it was ‘safe’ for me to return to work. My doctor was ‘astonished’ with my recovery. I know I will always need to be very diligent with my health for the rest of my life. It seems to me that I settled, or I ignored signals. Maybe I was indifferent, I really didn’t want to ‘spend’ my money on my health...I certainly could spend money other places, on things I enjoyed, camera’s, kayaks, motorcycles, time shares, travel you name it.

What I have come to realize is because of my indifference to my health, not wanting to ‘spend’ the money, it cost me nearly 2 precious years of my life. Time I can’t get back. It could have cost me the rest of my life! And so I must decide each day what is more important.

Four Years Later

I was back to work on November 2017, and that was more 4 years ago. It seems like it was only a short time ago I worried about how I was going to keep my house, my car and could not see any light or end to my situation. Today because of my decision, I know I can go the whole distance to my best health, continuing to practice all that I have learned forever. 

Thank you, Darlene, because of your help I know I can go the whole distance to my best health, continuing to practice all that I have learned forever.  I now know I must share my personal experience and the knowledge I have gained to inspire others. 

Marilyn Messerschmidt
Owen Sound, Ontario


"I evaluated this woman on September 29, 2016. I have been following her for her diabetic peripheral neuropathy. She is making a remarkable improvement but still has a way to go and I would anticipate she should be able to return to work with the target date of November 23, 2016". ~ DR. G. BRYAN YOUNG, MD, FRCPC

"As a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator being able to stabilize blood glucose, lipids and weight with THE FEEL GREAT SYSTEM products has truly been a gift for people. Marilyn's story is a wonderful example that. This is the only real treatment that works for diabetic neuropathy to normalize glucose levels. I hope Marylin will continue to share her story with others who have diabetes. You made wise choices. Good for you for not giving up. All the best to you!" ~ JUDY GILLMAN, NP-R, RN, CDE 

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