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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.”