Livin -- I don't know you, but I just read your message, and indeed this is a fantastic accomplishment!! I wish I had your drive and willpower.
My husband is diabetic, type II, and he is happy to have his A1C at 6.1. When he was diagnosed 14 years ago, it was 17!! He lost 70 lbs. and kept it all off. Still needs to lose weight in my opinion, but it won't happen. Being on cholesterol meds lowered his total to 110!! He was on meds the first year and then went 13 years controlled by diet alone.
I congratulate you again, and wish you remain in the best of health!!