Teresa Harackiewicz

Date Posted: Friday, June 01, 2018

Teresa Harackiewicz was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in 2006.  Since that time, she has battled (and beat) three separate bouts with cancer.  On November 10, 2017 she met with Dr. Malkani in the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence clinic, and her A1c was at 7.5%, which was the highest it had been since her T2D diagnosis.

“I knew I had to do something,” Teresa said.  “My major motivation is that my former husband weighed less than me.  He has a fantastic metabolism.”

She began walking on a treadmill after meals, three times a day, for a total of 1.5 to 2 miles per day.  In addition, she started to pay attention to everything she ate.  Teresa was determined or “pretty stubborn” as she put it, to lose weight and take control of her diabetes by way of nutrition and exercise.

During the past 6 months, thanks to her healthy new lifestyle, Teresa has already lost 25 pounds!  She has also dropped 3 dress sizes so far.  “I hope to be at my goal of 40 pounds lost by this upcoming Thanksgiving.”  

As the pounds come off, the more motivated she becomes.  When the weather turned nicer, Teresa started walking outside, and finally began working in her beloved gardens of flowers and vegetables. 

“I feel more alive, more balanced.  Sometimes I take a break from walking, but then get right back on track.”  She added, “Rest if you must, however don’t quit.”

Since November, on the 10th of every month, she has shared her progress with Dr. Malkani via MyCareTeam Clinical (MCT Clinical), an online management tool which allows patients to share their meter numbers with their care team between appointments. 

“Even though he’s very busy, Dr. Malkani has written back to me every time, and continues to give me encouragement,” Teresa said.  “During my last appointment with my PCP, my blood glucose, blood pressure and other numbers have come down.  I have set a goal to be down another 15 pounds at my appointment with Dr. Malkani in November.  Nothing can stop me now!”