Meals were home cooked by mothers, and families gathered at the dinner table each evening to dine together. In those days, parents often asked their children to “clean up their plates” before leaving the dinner table. This is where Lurinda’s story begins.
Looking back, Lurinda says that weight has always been an issue for her, even when she was a child.
“Our family are farmers, my mom sewed all my clothes, and she was a good cook,” says Lurinda. While her family ate vegetables and other traditional foods, she says, “Back then, you ate what was in front of you because we did not have special meals or snacks. At the time, people cooked what they had on hand and we didn’t go out to eat. If we did, it was like ‘wow!’”
“The funny thing is that I did not know I had a weight problem until I went to school, when I was in the first grade. They were weighing all the students and calling everyone’s weight out loud. When the nurse weighed me, she whispered it in my ear. But I just didn’t know, and then I was ashamed. That moment stands out for me,” she says.
Lurinda forged on and lived her life, getting married to her loving husband, Charlie, and building a family and a life together.
In 1988, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “I’ll be the first to admit that I denied it for years and years,” she says. “I can’t blame anyone but myself, and since then, I’ve had eye and foot problems as a result.”
Years passed by and in early 2016, Lurinda went to see a nephrologist in Indiana. “I learned that I was in stage 3 kidney failure.”
Within four months, she was told by doctors that she was in late-stage 4/early 5 kidney failure.