Following her announcement that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Paula Deen sat down with Parade to discuss her health. The Food Network personality discusses dealing with the diagnosis, changing her lifestyle -- and deciding if she'll ever cut butter from her diet.
On how it felt to finally share the news that she has diabetes:
"I feel really good about it. It was like taking a weight and lifting it off my shoulders. When I was first diagnosed, I was totally unprepared to talk about it. I felt like I had nothing to bring to the table other than to just say that I had been diagnosed. But this time has given me the opportunity to work with my family and with [drugmaker] Novo Nordisk to launch the Diabetes in a New Light campaign, so I know the time was right. Now I have something to offer people."