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After losing boyfriend to diabetes, Oklahoma woman raises awareness about seriousness of disease

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 6, 2014

Too little, too late?

Dye isn’t sure whether Carter managed his diabetes well or if he regularly tested his blood sugar.

He had Type 2 diabetes but wasn’t insulin dependent. He had medicine at home, but Dye isn’t sure whether he took it. Carter did not have health insurance and did not regularly see a doctor.

Before he died, Carter had been in the midst of a difficult custody battle, and in attempt to deal with it, he turned to alcohol. He drank a bottle of vodka a week, Dye said.

Dye also didn’t realize the impact that the alcohol could have on his diabetes.

“The biggest thing I’d like to say, I knew diabetes was a serious disease, but I never took it seriously because so many people have it, “ Dye said. “I never took it seriously until it basically took my future away — that’s melodramatic, but it did. It took a lot of dreams away from me, and it took my best friend away from me, and that’s still hard.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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I knew diabetes was a serious disease, but I never took it seriously because so many people have it.”

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