You are an inspirational diabetes guest speaker for a day, what have you got to say to others??

By roshy Latest Reply 2011-05-27 15:06:13 -0500
Started 2011-05-24 07:15:43 -0500

Imagine you have a a room full of people with diabetes. All their eyes are on you as you approach the stand. Infront of you are hundreds of people who listening to what you have to say to inspire. You can use words such as stuggle, control, freedom, pain, success and happiness and fear. You can use your own experience to reach out to those who need support and advice.

What have you got to say?

7 replies

melissa5786 2011-05-27 07:53:28 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if I could put any of it into proper words to speak in front of someone who's living just like me. Our struggles are so unique yet exactly the same that words may not be able to make sense. I'd offer my story, my healing and my attitude. But, I think what I'd most like to be able to do is have everyone share their own story. What better way to connect than to unload your emotions and concerns on someone who understands them completely.

And honestly, I can't talk about what happened to me without crying. I was asked to speak to a group of young people (some living with diabetes, some not but struggling with other issues.) They asked me to talk about keeping my head above water and surviving. I turned them down. It was right after I got out of the hospital, so the wounds (literally) were still raw and I was too emotional to do it. Maybe if I was asked again I'd think differently. I'm not afraid to share my story, I just get really emotional when I speak about it.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-27 05:12:57 -0500 Report

I wouldn't be able to keep from crying. I makes me so sad that there are so many of us with diabetes. It has become a national epidemic. I can only pray that someday they will find a cure, not a treatment but a cure. Until they do at least we do have treatments. God Bless

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-05-24 16:20:27 -0500 Report

I would say: Being a diabetic is not the end of the world, it is a change of your lifestyle. First let it sink in to your mind, grieve for a moment and then face it head on, do deny yourself, do not pity yourself. Always know it could be worse. I waited much too long to face the fact that this will be with me all my life and I need to take really good care of myself.

Please do not do this to yourself it does not help one bit, join a support community, wherever classes are offered go to them, read, read, read and
search your community for all of the assistance you can and above follow the instructions by the Doctor and if you cannot have a open communication with your doctor, change immediately. Remember this is your life that you have in your hands, treat it gently and you will survive this journey.

There will be ups and downs, happy and sad times but know that you are on this journey of health and control of your life, vent, laugh, cry, scream whatever it takes ——but do not give up. Stay the course and you will be satisfied at the end of this journey for as long as it may last.

It always help to pray.

majikinfl 2011-05-24 09:38:29 -0500 Report

Don't beat yourself up over set backs. Its part of the process. Me I was one of those "know it alls" and ignored all the signs, refused medical and finally ended in the ER. Now I am more compliant. I try to eat right and take my medications. I am still struggling with exercise. Keep going, keep doing whats right for YOU. We are NOT all the same. What works for me or your best buddy, mother, father, brother, sister…may help may not. Educate your self with formal information. Listen to others with the formal knowledge giving you a sound foundation, remembering not everyone knows YOU.