My name is Baljit Kaur, I am a type 2 diabetic. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters. Originally from Punjab, currently I am living in Mumbai with my elder daughter and son-in-law. I have my own boutique and I also run my boutique online.

Experience with life

My journey of life has always been challenging. In the year 1988, my 8-year-old son died after fighting with a life-threatening disease. This was an unbearable loss for me, it made me so depressed that my blood pressure started to rise. In 1990 by God grace we were blessed with a beautiful daughter. After two years of her birth, I started my journey as an entrepreneur by opening a boutique in Punjab in the year 1992. My husband used to work as a bank manager.

All was sailing smooth when suddenly I got the biggest shock of my life when in 2004 my husband suddenly died after a heart attack. At that time, our younger daughter was only 13 years old while older one had got married. My life literally took a U-Turn, I know how I have single handedly brought up my children. I worked in the boutique during the day and in late evenings I use to manage my family responsibilities. Life got so busy that I started giving less priority to my health. I was already experiencing some symptoms like frequent urination and tiredness since a long time, but still I kept ignoring them. When I went for a regular checkup, I was diagnosed with diabetes, my blood sugar fasting was 324 mg/dL at that time.

Life has always taught me to be a warrior and not a worrier. I took it as a challenge and having strictly followed the advice of my doctor, I have managed to keep sugars in normal limits. Now, my fasting blood sugar is 106 mg/dL and HbA1C is 5.8 %. Also, my blood pressure is really good now, probably as a result of strict diet and daily walk.

Presently, I feel really fulfilled with my life. Both of my daughters are now happily married. Elder one is a doctor whereas the younger one has done her masters and settled in Australia. I am a proud grandmother to three lovely grand children who make me feel young again. I am privileged of have so supportive in laws for my daughters. It is with their support and encouragement, I had the strength to live a happy life.   

Words of wisdom

I would like to motivate all the people like me by just saying that “ we all are pure souls and souls never die”. No matter what, the show must go on.

Best wishes to all

Baljit Kaur

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Read about other people who have been going strong in their fight against diabetes here. Diabetes Success Stories

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