Awesome things- 2011 blog week- day 5

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2011-08-28 00:05:36 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 10:18:03 -0500

Today let’s focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes?

34 replies

Kuai Princess
Kuai Princess 2011-08-28 00:05:36 -0500 Report

Diabetes has shaped and formed my perspective on life in so many ways, that I can't imagine who I would have become without it. Most notably it has helped me find healing of heart . . And that has made all the difference!

lovebug1953 2011-08-17 08:00:25 -0500 Report

I am A Diabetic type 2 I have bleeding behind both eyes going in for laser surgery ON MY LEFT EYE TODAY THAN i HAVE TO GO BACK TO GET MY RIGHT EYE DONE, I was told be doctor I am considered advanced as the Diabetis I hate this disease i AM WANTING TO KNOW IS THERE ALOT OF PAIN WITH THIS KIND OF SURGERY?

robertoj 2011-08-17 05:44:05 -0500 Report

How awesome is a community of ill people giving advice and support to each other? Awesome is having a better quality of life. I lost 73 lbs and I feel better than I have since long before my dx. I have hope not only for me but for my fellow diabetic. I am determined to have positive outlook. I refuse to say woe is me and I am truly sad for all that suffer from this disease.

alanbossman 2011-05-14 10:59:12 -0500 Report

The One or two good things is I have lost 53lbs. and my weight is 162 and I am eating much more healthy meals.

BandonBob 2011-05-14 10:39:58 -0500 Report

I lost 80 pounds, learned to love riding abike and most importantly got my golf swing back after losing the big belly!

Duel 2011-05-14 01:32:32 -0500 Report

I cannot give any rationalization for awesomeness for diabetes. This is a chronic disease that needs to be cured. The drug companies or whoever has the knowledge to cure this need to share their medicine, forget about the money and share the potion for a happier world. After all rich or poor, we're all gonna die someday.

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-13 21:48:43 -0500 Report

I like ur article on Diabetes . At first i was very upset that i had diabetes but then the more i learned nd the more meetings that i went to i realized that it wasnt the end of my life .
Yes i have other medical problems along with it but i have also learned how to excerise nd eat properly . With that i have lost 40 lbs nd that made me very happy . Learning to log my meals nd counting my carbs has helped me out a lot .
Finding new receipes to try which have been very good , instead of eating all the qrong things nd feeling lazy nd getting huge .

roshy 2011-05-13 15:49:34 -0500 Report

ok, the deadly things diabetes has given me!!!

an awareness about my health!! even though i dont always follow a strict diet i still try my best!! and if my diabetes wasnt there id be huge and lazy!!!

diabetes also brought me to diabetic connect!! made lotsa computer friends here and have learned so much!!

ive gained a great amount of respect and admiration for my father! he is now 57 and has had type one since he was 7!! he NEVER let his diabetes get in the way for his love of life!! hes a brilliant role model and makes living with diabetes look easy!

MY GLUCOSE KIT!! It is the coolest thing going!! has anyone else got the bayer bayer usb meter!! this thing rocks!!

All the nice and caring doctors and nurses i have met down through the years!! these people are always there when things look confusing or bleak!!

Its giving me a drive to do well for others! this June i am doing a 30km walk for the Diabetes Federation of Ireland!! all the money raised will go to research and diabetic facilities!! ( i would have never signed up for something like this otherwise!)

Its made me realise how many people care about me!! even though they can be a pain in the arse they are always there to tell me to be careful or pay more attention to my health!!

I suppose it helped me become more independant and marture at a younger age!!

The list for the things in which you hate about the condition is alot more easier to write!! but hey!! you have to give me a high five for trying!! if i think of any more ill make sure to write them up!!

nanaellen 2011-05-13 13:02:34 -0500 Report

Sorry, can't think of ONE good thing about this demon called diabetes!!

ston3xc 2011-05-13 20:49:52 -0500 Report

Instead of dwelling on the things you can or cannot do because of diabetes, think instead of the things you still have. Can you still see? Can you still hear? Do you still feel your feet? If you still have those three things , you still have the means to live a life. Look at my pictures on my profile page, read TJ's journey, If you're still feeling sorry for yourself after that, then go ahead and do so with my best wishes.

granniesophie 2011-05-14 09:51:45 -0500 Report

Ston3xc, I understand your reply to all of these people, and I understand that you want them all to see the bright side of things, and I'm sure they do-as fits them best.
As I'm sure you know, Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease, and our reactions to it are not one size fits all either. Just because someone is mad, or can't find anything good to say about Diabetes DOES NOT necessarily mean that they are hiding under a rock evey day and not living their lives the best they can.
I am mad myself at my Diabetes, I understand its genetic, and that my diet and lifestyle before may have brought it on sooner or later, and I don't have one thing about it I like either.
I don't want to be preached at either about thinking about all the things I still have. I know all the things I still have, and how hard I will have to work in order to keep the things I still have, but give me, and us all the right to be darn mad if we want to be.
Doesn't mean we want to hang up our dancing shoes and die right now, just means we want the right to be mad and find nothing good about this disease if we want to, without always being told to look on the bright side.
Thanks for listening to my point of view, too.

nanaellen 2011-05-13 23:29:52 -0500 Report

YES I can still see SOMETIMES! Yes I can still hear (even though I know that's coming in the near future for other genetic reasons) And I've always had problems with my feet!! (Bone spurs,osteoarthritis) I can't work anymore. And I'm NOT feeling sorry for myself, I'm just MAD AS HELL!! I've worked hard on my feet anywhere from 10-18 hrs a day cooking in a hotter than hell kitchen just to survive. Now I can't get any help when I need it the MOST and just because I don't have insurance I guess THAT means I don't deserve to know WHAT is killing me slowly??????????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? I KNOW I HAVE DIABETES AND I DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT!!!!!!

melota 2011-05-13 14:02:12 -0500 Report

I SO AGREE. I have other physical issues I won't bore you with. Due to them, I cannot exercise. I could in water, but cannot afford to go anyplace to do that. I do no seem to enjoy anything right now because of my limitations. Stress has caused me all kinds of mental problems too, and that raises my sugar. I feel a bit hopeless now, and the diabetes has a lot to do with that.

ston3xc 2011-05-13 20:51:21 -0500 Report

Read my reply to nanaellen.

melota 2011-05-14 09:45:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for that. I do have many things I am grateful for today. I guess I was having a very selfish moment. I still hate the diabetes and all the limitations, but am grateful for people like you who make me count my blessings.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-13 13:42:26 -0500 Report


ston3xc 2011-05-13 20:52:11 -0500 Report

Read my reply to nanaellen.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-13 21:34:55 -0500 Report

Read your reply.
Almost lost my life and/or legs last year to a different condition. I am overjoyed that I am still alive and have my legs. I am thrilled I have a job. I am so happy I want to sing with almost every step I take (Those who know me are so glad I don't). I am even happy when I can say my feet hurt after my shift. But that does in no way make me happy I have the bad leg veins.
I feel the same about the diabetes.
It is not a friend. it does not play nice.
I am thrilled that today my eye Dr. said there is no damage to my eyes from the Diabetes. I must constantly monitor what I eat to maintain this. Last week I messed up and made my BG go up to 250 - I ate a grilled cheese sandwhich. That is the highest reading I have ever recorded. Then it dropped to 59 in 3 hrs. I am on oral meds.
I lost a fiend to Renal failure from Diabetes. Her family lost a sister, a mom, and a grandmother. She was strong and courageous to the end. I helped her get ready three mornings a week for dialysis. I rejoiced with her when her numbers were good. I still mourn with her family even though we celebrated her life.
I hate Diabetes as much as I hate the Alzheimer's and Diabetes that my Mother-in-Law fought. One silently stole her memories. One silently stole through her body doing its equally evil work.

edvel54 2011-05-13 12:56:15 -0500 Report

My mother had diabetes , when I got it , we seemed to be closer. We shared something that no one else in the family had. We helped each other through the ruff times.

MewElla 2011-05-13 12:21:37 -0500 Report

Frankly, I have completely changed my lifestyle for the better. I am careful about my diet and I faithfully walk 5-6 miles each day. Resulted in 73 lbs lost, better health all over, sleep and feel better, and have a better attitude since I feel good.So for me, "Thanks Diabetes" for making me healthier than before. I want to stay on this plan to stay as healthy as I can for a long time.

SongDude 2011-05-13 11:22:00 -0500 Report

Like many people, I'm seeing weight loss. I do feel better, most days (I have other health issues that I deal with, and I won't post them here - go to my profile for a look). I do eat better, and when I sneak a little decadence - like chocolate, or whatever - I do it every once in awhile, and, keep an eye on how I feel. I'm recently diagnosed with diabetes, and I'm still waiting on my free meter - though, I go weekly to the clinic to see how my blood sugar is behaving. I have it checked in the early morning, then, I come back after lunch, and have it rechecked. So far, so good. The 'awesome thing' that I have gotten out of my diabetic diagnosis is more control over my life, to make it better and better.

nana cheryl
nana cheryl 2011-05-13 10:56:27 -0500 Report

Lost some weight and became a little healthier and eating better. Exercising more and feeling better healthwise for the most part. I am not sick with sinus problems all the year round now and only need to deal with the allergies and a little sinus drainage instead of the whole infection and antibiotics and going into my chest cycle.

DJackwon 2011-05-14 19:24:13 -0500 Report

I will never consider diabetes to be something to be grateful for; or so I would like to think? It actually is a wakeup call. I survived breast cancer, unfortunately my wonderful mother did not. So what has the diagnosis of diabetes done positively for me?

1. It made me decide to take care of myself. I have always tried to fix things for others, often to the exclusion of myself. But I am learning it is ok to care about my own health also.

2. It made me finally commit to being smoke-free. Not easy going cold turkey, and there are moments i want just one more puff. But that wouldn't be taking care of me.

3. It put me in connection with a fantastic group of people who are walking a similar, although not exact path as me. It's less scary when you know you are not alone in this.

4. My family, is supportive of me. Sometimes prodding me to move around more, helping to insure that the foods safest for me to eat are in my home. And checking in on me, just to make sure I am not stressing or feeling lonely.

5. If I am stressing the family becomes united and a calming force in the face of a storm, I am indeed blessed to have them and my grandchildren in my life.

6. That the diabetes was found quickly, so that a multitude of tests could be done in a timely manor. Those tests from head to toe, alerted to potential problems, that should I drop weight, and eat healthy and regularly, I have a good chance to stave off some of the debilitating effects of this disease.

7. That I learned here that I should speak to my PCP about a podiatrist visit and and endocrinologist visit.

8. That it is ok to have a bad day, and someone here if you just share what is going on with you, will send, love, blessings or encouragement your way.

I can't think of ten positives, but I do remember something my mother (who was an eternal optomist) told me as a child. You can choose to see your cup as half empty, or half filled. My momma saw her's as half full…thank you Mom, because of you, so do I.


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