Letter writing day- 2011 blog week- day 2

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2011-07-29 08:52:18 -0500
Started 2011-05-10 11:01:55 -0500

Today's topic kind of takes a spin on an idea that came up on the Wego blog a few months ago. Today we are writing letters. You can write it to your condition, to a fictional or not-so-fictional character such as your doctor, or member of your healthcare team. You can write it to a family member or to yourself if you wish. This is your chance to express your feelings about diabetes and how it affects your life.

67 replies

AuntieBear 2011-05-15 00:26:52 -0500 Report

Dear Diabetes,
I just wanted to drop a letter to to you to say I F&%*$#& HATE YOU!!!! You have completely screwed up my life in ways that can never be repaired. I hate you for the things you have done to family and friends, and I hate you for the Hell you put me through every chance you get.

You murdered some of my friends and family members. That is something I will NEVER forgive you for. Don’t give me any of your BS about how they died because they did not take care of themselves. You never had the right to make them sick in the first place. They were tired of fighting you in this never-ending war against their lives.

I hate having to tell people I have diabetes. They almost always blame me for it. People think that because I am the size I am that I gave myself diabetes. These same people think I should be ashamed of myself for making myself get sick. They do not blame you like they should. They blame me. Do you enjoy the narrow-minded ways of so many people? Does it please you that they can be manipulated into doing and saying things that will tear me down so you can wreak further damage upon me?

You do damage me. Constantly. You spike my sugar making it necessary to take medications to control my blood glucose. Because of you, I have to poke myself twice a day to make sure I am not spiking or crashing. I do not heal easily or quickly because of you. I am sick of having sores on my legs. I am sick of having to keep a paranoid watch over those sores to make sure I do not get diabetic skin ulcers, cellulitis or gangrene.

You are an evil entity and I hope you F*#&%*@ CHOKE!


dietcherry 2011-05-15 00:41:46 -0500 Report

WOW If that couldnt send D scurrying into the nearest crack like the filthy cockroach it is, nothing could! (And thats unfair to the cockroach…)

nanaellen 2011-05-12 17:49:51 -0500 Report

Dear God, Mom always told me that you would never give me more than I could handle. So why do I suffer? I was a teenage mother who with the support of my Mom (and eventually my Dad) made it through. I again fell prey to "love" and had 1 more child and then twins. My youngest son you kept from me for 18 months in ICU not knowing whether he would make it or not! And again with the strength and love of my Mom (And family) we pulled through again! (And to the Dr. who said I should just let him die because he would never amount to anything…HE is the ONLY one of my 4 children to GRADUATE High School!!) I was in a serious accident and you sent 2 nurse's to the scene who saved my life!! And I suffered with the 148 stitches that scarred my face at 21 years old but I made it through!! You gave me my husband at 43 and then took his lung so he can't work anymore and then gambled all our savings $3,000.00 So I got rid of him cause I can do bad all by myself!!! So O.K. GOD does this mean I've used up everything and you can't help ME???!!! You gave me my grandson to raise and lord knows I'm trying…so why make me suffer through this NOW??? I'VE always been the one to help OTHER people and NOW I can't even help myself!!!! DIABETES SUCKS OUT LOUD!!!!! DIABETES is now affecting other organs in my body and I don't have the money to find out what is going on!!! DIABETES has taken away my ability to work, my free spirit, (yes I used to have one!)and even my dignity!! I haven't been THIS depressed since I was a teenager!! I would NEVER be home!! Always off doing something!! Now seems like I can't get out of my OWN way!! THIS IS MORE THAN I CAN HANDLE O.K. GOD?????? Ellen

Starry20 2011-06-20 16:57:36 -0500 Report

Dear diabetes, some you help, some you kill, some you drive insane with your unpredictable ways, I feel ashamed when I give shots in public, I read fiction books because their lives are always happier than mine is, Ive been laughed at, had fingers pointed at me all because your sorry #%^ didn't get the memo tha no one likes you. I blare music through headphones at track meets with my school so I can't hear what the other kids say about me, sometimes I still catch them pointing, I have lost my grip on childhood a long time ago now a brutal reality fills my mind. Why do you choose the people you do? Why do you choose anyone at all? We are nice people here, we just don't want you here also. Gouge ruined lives, stopped lives, and we will never forgive you for it.
- Raven

jayabee52 2011-06-21 00:19:11 -0500 Report

Raven, what you describe here happened to me too.

But I was not a pwd at the time. That came much, much later in my life. Kids can be terribly cruel sometime, especially to those they see as "different" somehow. I want to give you the good news that these problems with others your age should disappear like a bad dream once you're through High School. It generally gets better when you go to college or enter the work force. Oh there will be problems with individual people, but the group problems will generally disappear. Hang on, Raven, relief will come.

Good letter to diabetes BTW!


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-21 06:31:50 -0500 Report

Happened to me also. Not because of Diabetes. But kids seem to find something to pick on, in my case my vision made things difficult. Like James said, the bad dream ends. Life does improve as people grow up. Most of us get more sensitive as we mature. There will always be some who don't master that skill. They are the really unfortunate ones in life.

LabRat90 2011-05-12 15:53:02 -0500 Report

Dear Diabetes, I wish you would just go away. I hate the way you give me such a hard time when I try to lose weight. Isn't that what you wanted? Why do you push more of the foods I eat into fat cells, even as I starve myself trying no to give you the ammunition. Why don't you just leave? Donna

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-12 13:34:10 -0500 Report

Hi Otina0 ,
I like your story . I feel the same about my kids . I have a son nd a daughter . I am very proud of both of my kids . They are always there for me when i need them .
I use to live in Ohio nd my son - in- law came on a fri. in aug nd moved me to Tn to be closer to them . They let me live with them nd my grandkids till i found me a place to live . I know live 5 min away frm them nd still see them often .
My son nd daughter - in - law i dont get to see very often cause they live out of state but i talk with them frequently . I would do anything for my kids nd my grandkids .
When i was living my daughter she watched over me like a hawk in what i ate because of my diabetes . I got busted onw night eating a piece of chochlate . She made me through it away . She told me mom its because i love u nd i want u around to enjoy ur grandkids nd see them grow . That made me feel good .

0tina0 2011-05-12 12:32:25 -0500 Report

Letter to my Boys…you have all become the most wonderful men, kind and thoughtful…sweet and awesome fathers…for you I will survive…I will watch my grandsons grow and become wonderful men like their fathers. I will endure what ever it takes to live and stay as healthy as possible. Nothing I go thru on a daily basis will ever be bad enough for me to give up on watching your families grow. The diabetes is not as awful as being without you would be. You depend on me to watch the kids…to help with the everyday things a granny can help with, therefore I live…and thrive, and try not complain. Thank you…each of you for your love and understanding…I am so proud of you and so blessed!

SongDude 2011-05-12 10:52:44 -0500 Report

Hello to J, Guardianstone, and all other participants in yesterday's thread.

It seems that there are many folks out here in DC, who aren't afraid of what they post, how they post it, and don't mind getting personal. I think that's good thing. Everyone out there was warm and fuzzy yesterday afternoon… it was very nice, indeed. In the spirit of yesterday's 'fuzz', I'd like to share a problem that I would like to kick completely out of my life.

Smoking cigarettes. The bane of my existence.

I smoke a pack of cigarettes, in one day, on the average. Some days, I may smoke only ten or eleven cigarettes… on other days, I may smoke several cigarettes more, plus the pack (cough!).

Of course, it is obvious that I need to stop. If there are any success stories that anyone would want to share, then, please - by all means - chime in…

I've heard about Chantix, and I'm already prescribed anti-depressant medication. So, what to do?

May everyone out there have a happy, productive day. :)


Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-12 13:46:58 -0500 Report

SongDude ,
I used to smoke also . I smoked 2 packs a day . Im like Trudie Ann i tried patches , chantix , the chewing gum nd noone of them worked for me . So i just layed them done one day nd said that was it . I chewed a lot of gum , sugar free hard candy , raw vegetables nd chewed on a lot of straws . When i was on the ph i kept paper nd pencil nd sat there nd drew anything while i was talking on the ph . I still have problems going around pple that smoke but of course its only been 6 mo. for me . Also a lots of prayer ! Good Luck ! U can do it .

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-12 12:52:50 -0500 Report

I used to smoke. For approx 15 years. It was very hard to quit, I tried numerous times before I finally said THATS IT. I used the prescription patches & chewed on straws. I know I probly looked funny always sticking a straw in my mouth and chewing on it but it helped with that putting a cigarette in my mouth motion. I have been quit smoking now for approx 10 years. It finally doesn't bother me to go around others who smoke. I send you best wishes in making the cut, you will be happier and have lots more money without the cost of them now days.

oldbuttercup 2011-05-12 06:35:07 -0500 Report

When I was just alittle boy, I asked my mother what will I be.
Never once did she say you will have diabetes, by the time you hit 50.
Never once did she say that will become the least of your worries in a few years.
Never once did she say that I would have to make a choice between treating my diabetes over my sleep apnea, because of the medical costs.
Never once did she say that when someone would ask me how I am, and that people would stop listening after I mentioned my first two or three health conditions, let alone make it to the end of my list. Would you like to hear the entire list? Ididn't think so!
Never once did she say that I would loose my job due to my health conditons and iniability to shower myself, dress my self, or even be unable to leave the house on my own.
Never once did she say that somedays that my pain level would be so bad that the 1 - 10 pain level assesment would sound like a cruel joke, and that nobody would really care, and that some doctors would even say "Get Over It"
She just said " Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future's not ours to see".
I used to love that song when I was little.

SongDude 2011-05-11 14:51:06 -0500 Report

I do something similar with therapy - I write a journal of all my experiences - good or bad - which includes reports on my overall health. This was a very good suggestion on Jralph's part, as all of the people here will be able to benefit from this. When it comes to my general well-being, my journals have made my life less stressful - in a HUGE way. Start scribbling! With a trusty old Ticonderoga #2 pencil, like back in more sane times. However, when someone refers to our writing as 'journaling', I get a bit testy. Our American English will be reduced to mere glottal sounds - if words like 'journaling', or phrases like 'baby daddy' make it into Webster's… just like I never thought that an incipient disease - like diabetes - would ever become a part of my life. Lemons into lemonade, everyone! ;)

GabbyPA 2011-05-11 14:54:24 -0500 Report

Oh, I love the term journaling. I guess I see it as different from writing, as I think of that as being more formal. A journal is more personal and casual. But I guess if someone said they would be diarying....that would give me the creeps too. LOL

SongDude 2011-05-12 10:34:49 -0500 Report

That was too funny… I like that. Another malaise heard from, eh? Hahahaha… very funny… when experienced personally, that 'other word' usually tends to be a very uncomfortable thing (lmao)…

GabbyPA 2011-05-11 14:50:33 -0500 Report

Dear diabetes,

I knew of you for years. My folks talked about you a little, but we were never really introduced properly. I kind of knew what you looked like, but like a second cousin twice removed, I just never really thought we'd meet in person.

You came to see me Easter Sunday and I had not set the table for you. You crashed the party so to speak and thought you would sit with that stupid Cheshire grin across the table from me and make me sweat. I have to admit, when you first showed up, I was nervous. But now that I know what you eat and where you like to spend your time; I'm no longer afraid.

In a way, you have become my friend. You have walked me through to a healthier way of living. Because of you, I've lost weight and learned to take better care of myself. I don't think that was your intention, but it is the result and to me, that's all that matters. You also brought my family closer together and brought back dinner at the table. You gave me discipline that I had, but didn't use much before and you taught me to stand up for myself and make my voice heard. I have been a little afraid of doing some of the outdoor adventures I used to do, but even those are being tackled one at a time with great enjoyment. So keep on trying to knock me down...I have my boxing gloves on.

I also now have a purpose and a mission to do every single day. Not only for myself, but also to help those around me that you have also visited. Sure, sometimes you frighten me or make me mad. But for the most part, what you have taught me about myself far outweighs anything you try to take away.

SuziOJ 2011-07-11 08:28:39 -0500 Report

I love your letter. For me, writing an angry letter would only make me dwell on the negative and I'm already depressed enough. Your letter helps me look at this disease with rose colored glasses… That I can win. I will win.

Thanks to everyone at this site as it has really given me a brighter outlook.

Guardianstone 2011-05-11 11:22:21 -0500 Report

This is a letter to the universe, may whom ever it addresses hear and understand.
To the Doctor that told me I wouldn't live to see 25. Ha ha! I'm 54.
To the eye Doctor that said I'd be blind in my right eye within a year 15 years ago. Ha! My eyes may not be 20/20 but I can see.
To the Doctor that said I was not worth bothering with. Go to the 7 rings of he**
and jump in. I am worth the bother.
To the Doctor that said your diabetic and left before I could ask questions. You and your nurse need the same treatment, fear and all, for 6 months. I can be kind.
To the hospital staff that refused to aknowledge I was diabetic and 'forgot' my meds or furnished high sugar meals and snacks.
To the government that promised to take care of its veterans. So much for all your promises. Haven't seen a doctor as a vet yet. The Bronks cheers.
And to the govoner, senators and represenitives of the state of Arizona. No vote for any that have voted to drop my food stamps, health care, any assistance programs (unless you have lots of money, are unmarried with lots of kids or are not from this country.) and refuse to answer phone calls, letters, ignore questions during interviews, ignore their own rules unless they are in their favor, or lose e-mails; letters or faxes. One vote may not seem like much, but I have a big family.
To the Family at Diab Conn, Bipo Diso, and Heal Exch thank you for support, prayers, and listening. Without you I would be lost.
To any who think I've gone too far . . . Sorry bout that, I'm finding I have a voice and I'm learning to use it.
Guardian stone

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-12 13:04:48 -0500 Report

I know exactly how you feel. I think if more people would speak up on the state of affairs of our State's and Country's problems of taking care of it's our citizens that maybe something might be done. Maybe, Hopefully. and I also appreciate everyone's support and prayers. I will be praying for and with you . So keep using your voice, & I will too.

Guardianstone 2011-05-11 11:26:22 -0500 Report

Wow, I feel better, yet shouldn't have vented that much. Almost broke my screen, and ground a few chips off a tooth.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-12 13:08:34 -0500 Report

You can vent any time you feel the need. It does help just watch out for your teeth, you don't need any excess dentist visits.

SongDude 2011-05-11 14:56:09 -0500 Report

No worries, Guardianstone -
What you wrote was wonderful. Your brevity can help others with their feelings, their triumphs, all of it. I hope that your screen and teeth are all right… haha!

clj01 2011-05-11 10:46:50 -0500 Report

To every diabetic, new or old:

This life has been quite a trip. When I was 18 I thought I would go into the military. When I had my physical I was told I had diabetes. Instead of learning more about it and improving my life, I did everything I could to prove that I didn't have diabetes. 30 years later I finally had to face the reality of diabetes. Oral meds worked for a while, but then after dose increases and changes in meds the decision was made to go on insulin. Now I find that different other diseases are starting to affect my life and I wonder if the decision I made when I was 18 caused me to travel a path that led to my own self destruction. Who knows? I do know that even with knowledge, we all need a support system. It may be family, or a local diabetes support group, or an online support group, but we cannot fight this battle alone. If I could go back those 43 years since I was young and full of hope, I would take the time to learn and improve. Or would I ?

oldbuttercup 2011-05-12 12:17:58 -0500 Report

My answer to your question is another question. Do we often take the road less traveled by?
I think we often take the easy way out, and pay later.

alanbossman 2011-05-11 10:38:16 -0500 Report

To my uncle and my two grandmothers whom left this world early in life because of diabetes and the lack of care to control it. I to have diabetes which I have inherited from you. The diffrence is that I will control my diabetes and not let it control me.

BandonBob 2011-05-11 09:03:55 -0500 Report

To whom it may concern.
When first diagnosed with T2 22 years ago I never realized all the ups and downs that would come along. My mother and siblings all had diabetes which they did not take care of so it seemed that I was looking at things that would be all bad. Instead I have found that the change in life atyle has brought me much more good than bad. My favorite things inclide riding my bike for exercise and the fact that after losing 80 pounds my golf swing came back. It seems I no longer have to swing around a big belly. Not so favorite things are finding that even as well as I control the disease it causes complications - triple bypass surgery the doctors blamed entirely on the diabetes. On the whole it has been an interesting set of experiences. I just pry my three children don't get this.

Ann Wambui
Ann Wambui 2011-05-11 08:55:49 -0500 Report

This letter is for all diabetics especially young in Kenya- Africa
Dear friend,
Hope you are all well,I was diagnosed with diabetic six years ago. Having come from a humble background and from rural area in the country it was not easy when i was told i had diabetics,it was in a small dispensary near home and thus i didn't believe them though i had all signs, the following day i had to go to a nearby town in a district hospital to confirm which turned to be positive.

At first i was put on tablets which did not work until i was admitted and they advised to change to insulin which i use to date.
Though i don't have a personal doctor i thank diabetics connects friends for all article i read through this have come to know more and more about this condition.I got employed two months ago and i would say the biggest challenge is having diabetic with less to manage it.
This is a condition i cant blame myself or anybody to be in but instead i take it as a chance that i will be of help to other like me in my small little ways.

In Kenya there is less exposure to understand well diabetic and thus the victims feel is a life and death condition. My prayers is that one day we will conquer and help more to understand, since the more you know about it the more life become enjoyable.

Wish you well living with diabetic.

Kind Regards
Hannah Wambui

shorty31 2011-05-11 08:06:38 -0500 Report

Thank you for being there to help me deal with being diabetic and for careing, when i found out 7 years ago of my condition you and my father gave me the support i need.Other's in the family blamed me for this, i was called fat,lazy,dumb and that really hurt but you told sat me down and showed me way to get back on track. although i am not where i need to be i am not where i use to be please give me the power to do alot better.And God although daddy is home with you, tell him to look down at me once in a while to let me know i'm okay. i don't get the support i need from the family. but i thank you for My dc FAMILY they are a big help. though them i have lost at least 60 pounds but i can't get the other 80 pounds. i have to take better care of me for me.
Thank you for careing
Belinda your lost sheep

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-11 01:47:51 -0500 Report

St Lukes Hospital ,
I was diagnoised with diabetes two yrs. ago . I was devasted when my Dr told me that i had diabetes . I dint know what to do or where to start .
I was referred to St. Lukes Hospital which were i learned all about diabetes nd how to deal with it .
My nurse was by my side all the way through till I moved to Tn . We still e-mail each other frm time to time . Which i think is really great .
I went to classes learning how to eat nd take my sugar nd keeping track of it nd planning my meals nd keeping a log book of everything . Had to turn it in each time i went .
Best Wishes to all ,

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-11 00:55:27 -0500 Report

I was diagonised as a pre diabetic type 1 diabetic 2 yrs . ago nd now im a type 2 diabetic taking pills for diabetes . Some days my diabetes is real good nd other timesits not . Why ? A couple of wks. ago in the morning i took my blood sugar nd it was 52 i ate nd acouple of hrs later i took it again nd it was 225 . Why ? I washed my hands again nd used a acholol swab nd took it again nd it was 220 . I have a brand new meter . I felt cold but was sweating like crazy . Whats going on .

jayabee52 2011-05-10 23:55:18 -0500 Report

To my 3 sons:

I know you might roll your eyes and think to yourself "Here he goes again" but I don't want you to go through what your uncle D and I go through. You are prime candidates to be attacked by this condition, and I want you not to the B@$+@rd Diabetes to get a hold of you if you can help it.

Your mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with you. Her mother also that Type 2 Diabetes, and I have it, as does your Uncle D.

You all take after your dad in many ways, one of those is that he is a bit stocky. Two of you have a bit of an advantage in that you are in the military so you have to occasionally make your physical fitness goals, so that's good. "J" is now out of the military, and married life is good for him, perhaps too good. He's getting a bit pudgy around the middle.

I don't want ANY of you to be cursed with the conditions that I have or the complications with which I must live. Even you "A" who is estranged from me.

I wouldn't wish this condition and these complications on my worst enemy.
I want good health for you and your children, so please take care of yourselves NOW!

With much love


Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-11 01:02:20 -0500 Report

I feel the same way u do . I dont want my kids to have diabetes either . So far so good .
No one on my moms side or my dads side of the family had or has diabetes but me . Why just me ?

Blessed617 2011-05-10 23:03:25 -0500 Report

Dear diabetes,
Oh how you thought you had me. For so many years I did not claim you. I said you would NEVER have a place in my life. then your good friend prednisone entered my life and opened the door for you. You thought you were going to destroy me. You had me tricked into thinking I have to eat bland cardboard. Well,I still eat what I want when I want it, but I plan for it. It's now a game to see what I can eat and still keep my numbers down. You thought you were going to use my fear of needles to keep me from testing. guess what? The lancets are no longer the archaic things that bleed you half to death. I barely feel the prick in my finger and that is not because of neuropathy. I have learned to deal with the daily finger sticks. Then you thought you'd try and use that fear again by having a doctor put me on insulin. Again you lost the battle. I use the pens and have learned how to properly use them. If I do feel some pain I just deal. You never have and never will have control of my body. I have learned how to plan meals and eat in moderation. You have tried so hard to bring me down but I have used everything you have thrown at me to better myself. I'm even losing weight and watching my numbers come down. You may be a word that is always associated with me but I will never EVER claim you in my life. I am the victor and not the victim.


dietcherry 2011-05-10 20:55:12 -0500 Report

An open letter to all the non-diabetics:

We know you mean well when you ask if we should be eating that and we also know when you play Devils Advocate and wave something in our face that you know as well as we do that we should just say no to.
You sometimes stare at us with a mix of curiosity, fear, and/or disgust when we take our shots and check our blood sugar. Yes no one likes the sight of blood, especially in a restaurant or any other public place, but it is a fact of life for us.
We are painfully aware of your prejudice when you silently judge that we are some how less than the other potential friend, lover, spouse, employee, any person of value really, and it makes us feel that much more alone.
We dont ask for much from you. And a little of it goes a long way. Its called human kindness and it includes love, compassion, and acceptance.
We sometimes wish you had to walk a day in our shoes cause we d*mn well know you would stumble in our footsteps! But then the feeling passes because we possess those wonderful qualities mentioned above and, wether we like it or not, D is what bestowed them on us.
So while you go about your day, taking for granted that which your body still does naturally, know that we are here surviving and thriving and hoping you and your body remain blissfully unaware of a day in the life with D.

roshy 2011-05-10 19:27:18 -0500 Report

This letter is addressed to my pump to be!! ( ill be a pumper come June)

Dear Jimmy,

Well what can i say, its been a tough two years but finialy i was extremely relieved when i got confirmation you have arrived in Ireland ( i hope they treated you well through customes)

I have been waiting to meet you now for about 3 years, and reflecting over these three years you only seemed like a dream and now you are about to become a reality. I am sooo excited.
I have been to CHO counting classes to prepare myself, and even used the scales twice since, however the scales has been put away for a bit because college was proving tough and needed my attention, although you were always there at the back of my mind!!
So in about a month or two ill be saying goodbye to the needles for good(wooooop wooooop) it wasnt a simple easy relationship. They seemed to cause so much heart ache and its kinda ironic, for something to be so vital for life to cause so much upset pain, and has almost become apart of who i am! i still feel ready to let go!!!

So as soon as you come i hope you settle in nicely!! i plan to throw a huge pump party where all my friends and family will meet you ( they are just as excited to see you as i am) i think we will have a BBQ and head out into town for a few drinks, i can show you all the deadly spots round dublin!!

I know you will get some time for me to get used to, and the first few months will be hard, however with the amount of support i have around me i know i will have the patience and drive to be successful as a pumper with you by my side!

So until then Jimmy, take it easy and i will see you in June! We have a long road to travel together but as long as we have eachother we can take on the world!!

All my love,


x x x x

Ps what size batteries do you take because if you turn up with no batteries ill be pretty pixxed off!!!???

GabbyPA 2011-05-11 14:34:21 -0500 Report

I love this one! Thanks Roshy, you always have that special view of things.

roshy 2011-07-29 05:08:11 -0500 Report

just to up date you guys!! my pump came on monday and is living up to every expectation i could ever imagine!! the sugars are good however the nurse is telling me to doi strict carb to insulin ratio and this is leaving them a bit higher then what i would like! but sure ill have to do as im told for now!! ive had no hypos or highs!! and be far the best thing about my pump is the freedom it is providing!!! talk about a freedom!!!! but ive never been as happy with my self as i am with my pump!!!

Somoca 2011-05-10 17:45:37 -0500 Report

Dear Diabetes, I despise you. You consume my waking thoughts and you are always around. I went to a job interview and the employer kept staring and staring and staring at my med ID bracelet. You even interrupt my conversations with others. I dislike you and I will never enjoy having you in my house. I wish you would pack your meter and test strips and meds and just go!. I wish that the tingle in my toes was from meeting a new love NOT my body telling me that you're attacking the nerves there. (sighs) I want a chocolate covered doughnut…with SPRINKLES but nooooo, there you are messing everything up and I don't even like sprinkles or CHOCOLATE! In case you haven't gotten the message after reading this letter, I don't like you diabetes, not one bit.

Ok…I feel better now :D

MewElla 2011-05-10 13:26:19 -0500 Report

To my Diabetes Support Team:
I want to take this time to thank you for helping me understand how to take my first "baby steps" in fighting my diabetes. I was shocked, frusterated, scared when I received my diagnosis on 2-11-10. I simply could not believe that this would happen to me. I felt I was in a total daze and did not want to accept what I had been told. I felt I had been handed the sentence of "death."

After, that phone call, which I will remember always, I called my local hospital and asked about Diabetes Classes and when was the next session. Within a matter of days I reluctently walked into the first class and walked into a new world. My dietician taught me how to read labels, about portion sizes, the important reasonings behind weight control . My diabetic nurse taught me how to test my blood glucose, how to log the readings, the importance of food journaling, along with understanding carbs and colories.

I remember, leaving the first class, thinking that it was going to be up to me to "take charge of my daily diabetes," and that with the proper support around me I could live for a very long time, as a healthy diabetic. Hope was in my heart and I was determined to learn everything my team could teach me.

My Dr is my biggest cheerleader as far as my diabetes is concerned. He explains things to me, makes sure I understand, and is always there to encourage me in my weight loss of 73 lbs over the last year and three months. Now, with a little bit further down this journey, I am far healthier, than ever. I have more strength, stamina, and never miss walking 5-6 miles each day. This is not a diet I am on, this is a lifestyle for the rest of my life and I will never give up my daily fight with my diabetes.

So, thanks to all my support…You have been a blessing to me …

Mary Ann

re1ndeer 2011-05-10 13:17:42 -0500 Report

To my Dad:

I never realized while growing up that you would have such difficulty controlling your diabetes.

I thought the only thing was that you could never have sugar. I was tired of all of the sugar-free things we had to have because of your diabetes. I was upset when we could not have the things other kids were eating.

When you lost your leg to diabetes because you stood on them everyday in the factory, until you had blisters on the bottom of your feet.

And when you lost your sight to diabetes and I had to give you your shots twice a day, I thought no more could happen to you.

But, you still walked me down the aisle at my wedding, and you saw two of your grandchildren, before diabetes took your life.

And now, I have this terrible disease Dad, and I'm doing the best that I can, and now I know how exactly how you coped day to day.

Miss You Dad,

Harlen 2011-05-10 13:06:34 -0500 Report

To my Endo
I am the best judge of what I can do and can not do yet I know what I need to do and thank you for the help on that ,For me this is a slow prosece that I will need to do and will do as fast as I can .
This was a letter to my Endo 5 years ago .
She has ben much better with me over the years
Best wishes all

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-05-10 12:11:17 -0500 Report

To my son's first Endo:

Dear Dr. Lindsay,
First of all, thank you for your calm demeanor and reassurance. From the first day that we met, you helped my son, my wife, and me feel like we were going to make it through this thing called diabetes. We were frightened and overwhelmed. You made sure we knew we always had your help and the help of your staff.

When we didn't get things quite right or when we failed to follow through, you were patient and simply continued to teach us what we needed to do. We didn't feel judged or like failures. You kept us focused on the future.

I appreciated that when we came in for appointments, you always spent all the time we needed. And your focus was on our son. You knew just like we did that he wouldn't stay a child forever. The goal was not to teach parents how to manage a child's diabetes. It was rather to raise an adult who knew how to manage his own diabetes.

And we can't say enough about the tremendous staff at the diabetes clinic. The education and tips we received around how to count carbs, the pump training classes, the help with managing prescriptions--your entire staff was integral in helping us learn and get through the day to day challenges.

But most of all, Dr. Lindsay, your constant belief in our son and his potential to achieve not just control of his diabetes, but whatever he wanted to become and accomplish in life, was very empowering.

Thanks for everything, Dr. Lindsay.

John Crowley

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-11 02:17:44 -0500 Report

I just joined Diabetic Connect nd the sjupport that ive already gotten has been great . I thank all of u for being there for me .

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