When Donald “Buddy” Worrell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago he wasn’t surprised. His doctor had been sending him for blood tests every three months because he was taking cholesterol-lowering statins and they saw his A1C creeping up.
Once it went over 6.5 his doctor said that he was diabetic and started him on Metformin. “He also encouraged me to start a weight-loss program,” Buddy says, “so I did and in nine months’ time I lost 70 pounds. My success has been all about portion control. It’s meant retraining my mind but I’ve gotten the hang of it.”
Buddy, who is 69, is a Charlotte, N.C., native. Over the years he saw his father and his father’s three brothers get Type 2 diabetes so he was familiar with the disease. He knew it could be hereditary.
Semi-retired as of six years ago, Buddy and his wife, Donna, moved near the beach in eastern North Carolina.
“As a Southerner, I was used to eating big breakfasts,” Buddy says. “I love to eat and typically two eggs, two pieces of bacon, grits and four pieces of toast did it for me. Today I’ll have one egg, one piece of bacon, half a banana and no toast or grits.
“Lunch is half a sandwich and a salad and dinner is half a steak, half a potato and some vegetables. I feel full and my blood sugar levels are much more consistent. My A1C runs around 5.8 so my doctor and I are happy about that.”
Buddy had worked as a teacher and a principal in South Carolina and more recently in sales so he notes, “Until my retirement I never did much creative writing. Donna suggested that I get a hobby or a new habit so I wouldn’t be underfoot. I’m not a golfer or a jogger but I started writing and took to it like a duck takes to water.
“My book, ‘A Final Broadside,’ was published in 2017 and it’s the story of the USS Arizona in 1941 and the plight of the 1,000 sailors and officers on board.”
A fiction thriller about Ken Hager, the son of one of the naval officers, and his mother Buddy explains, “Ken matures into a young man and realizes that he has special paranormal gifts. The story goes on and it leads Ken back to the USS Arizona.”
Buddy coordinates a writer’s critiquing group in town that helps new and experienced writers.
“Twice monthly we read our drafts and give feedback to each other,” he says. “Other than writing and critiquing, I enjoy spending time with my two children and two grandchildren.”