Diabetes freaking sucks

Megahit
By Megahit Latest Reply 2011-04-22 12:04:56 -0500
Started 2011-04-12 14:47:54 -0500

Diabetes sucks. However, we can't ignore the copious amounts of ailments that there are in the world. Having diabetes doesn’t have to mean anything more than, “I have diabetes.”

With all the technology that type 1 diabetics have to control and monitor blood sugars there is no reason to feel inhibited from doing anything life has to offer. When I was first diagnosed at the age of nine I was horrified to go to sleep-overs and even more nervous to partake in activities that risked my peers finding out my secret. As I grew up I realized diabetes was just another thing I had to take care of. I have not let diabetes interfere with my life. We can do anything: bike around Europe, eat cakes, run marathons, be crowned Miss America, etc… It’s easy to get frustrated with A1C’s, high and low blood sugars and wondering exactly how many carbs are in restaurant meals. No one said life was easy. Luckily there are support systems such as these and through doctor/patient relationships that can help us resolve the many irritations that go along with not having a functioning pancreas.

I suppose the message I’m trying to send is, ‘diabetes is only as serious as you let it be.’

On the other hand, thank you science for coming up with a way to fake having a pancreas and allowing me to feel bionic—isn’t that the direction Lady Gaga and the rest of the media is taking us?


12 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-04-16 09:19:50 -0500 Report

Hi,

This is really inspiring. You are doing a great job of not only surviving, but thriving. Education and support are power!

Gary

Lori1108
Lori1108 2011-04-13 13:52:54 -0500 Report

I have been insulin dependent for 24 years now and having problems which began last year. I have bad arteries and clot so easily. Am on coumidin, plavix, and more. The bypasses scarred my right leg bad, but I am lucky the doctor didn't have to amputate my foot. I still have very little feeling in it and am scared that it may not come back since the nerves were cut. Has anyone went through this? As of last week I had to have laser surgery on my left eye. Tomorrow I go back for the right eye. He said I have retina detachment and going to go blind quick. Praying that laser helps. Would love to back from someone that gone through this too. Its like a death sentence when you are told you are going blind. I have a 13 year old teaching me braille!! I just turned 40 last November and feel like I have been to hell and back. I thank God for every day I get!! Thank you!!
Lori

donna62M
donna62M 2011-04-13 17:22:55 -0500 Report

sorry tohear that you are going blind…for me that would be adeath sentence as well…with all the craft and reading I do I would not know what to do with myself…Thinking of you and wishing you all the best.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-04-13 10:45:22 -0500 Report

While having Diabetes is not fun, and it is a serious disease, it does not have to control our lives. I still manage to do the things that I have always done. I watch what I eat, and try to exercise to keep my BS in control. I know that if I am not careful, the consequences can be bad. I refuse to allow Diabetes to define who I am. Have a positive attitude, and embrace life for all it's wonders.

wrmjw1
wrmjw1 2011-04-13 10:02:20 -0500 Report

Its very serious to me because Ive lost too many family members to it. Once I was diagnosed I cried, I already have been diagnosed with depression and now I have diabetes on top of that.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-04-12 21:34:53 -0500 Report

It is serious, but as you said, not something that has to steal our lives. I was afraid to do some camping when I first was diagnosed. With some planning and so awareness, I was able to have just as much fun as ever. I keep an eye on things, but I still try very hard not to let it limit me. In fact, I am doing more with my life now than I did before.

So yes, it does suck. It does get in the way sometimes, but it all boils down to our attitude about it. It is only as Big of a deal as we make it.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-04-13 14:06:44 -0500 Report

seen in the cafeteria of a hospital in which I worked: "Life is 5% of what happens to you and 95% your reaction to it"

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-04-12 16:06:02 -0500 Report

Yeah, you're right… diabetes is a pain … but you are also right about the many other ailments out there with no cures, constant pain, horrible symptoms, etc. I have a friend with a lung disorder who has to carry his oxygen around with him. Another friend has lost his leg and has either a wheelchair or crutches to lug around. In comparison I feel "lucky" to be diabetic.

I recently found a post on facebook titled, "you don't look sick" and it is all so true with the diseases like diabetes, depression, deafness, arthritis and other disabling things that others cannot see so they just assume you're in good health.

I love the quote, "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man without legs."

Sometimes one's attitude makes all of the difference in his life or in the life of those he knows.

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