As crazy as this sounds, becoming a diabetic has really been a positive in my life.

By Chad1978 Latest Reply 2011-12-29 13:51:16 -0600
Started 2011-05-25 20:11:43 -0500

I have not been on this site for some time now, as I really have been busy busy busy. I have come back and this is the third thing I am discussing motivation, and I find that very, um, motivating. What a strange sentence. I always have had a positive outlook on life, and I am lucky because the people around me my whole life were people that just loved life, period. I mean my grandfather whom was diagnosed with cancer, and had only months to live, refused to be angry, and was laughing and telling jokes until the day he passed away. These are the types of people I grew up with, and a lot of that rubbed off on me, and quite honestly I thank every one of those people from my parents, grandparents, friends, etc, that really helped me to become the positive thinker I am today. These people are truly my heroes, and not some lame ass athlete or actor.

I am almost 33 years old and was diagnosed back in 2008, at the age of 29, with type 1 diabetes. My blood sugar was at 850, and that is not a misprint. Needless to say I had to stay in a stinkin' hospital for two days as they lowered my sugars to human levels. Although I was bored out of my mind the first things I started doing was planning my attack on this jerk of a disease. I did plenty of research to see what I needed to do to control it as best as I could. I went to many a seminar, lined up my doctors I would start needing to see, and even saw a dietician to help me figure out the best meal plans for me and my new friend.

I took control, and still have. I have only had the disease for a few years, and at any time it may get harder to control, but I guarantee if it starts to fight harder than it's going to see me fight even harder. I am motivated. I am motivated by the fact that I want to see my children graduate college, get married, have kids, etc. I am also motivated by life itself. I love life, and I enjoy laughing. I never had time to sulk or be depressed about my diagnosis because life always got in the way. I was too busy laughing to be depressed. I was too busy fighting diabetes to be depressed. I was too busy enjoy those around me to be depressed. I was too busy motivating, and being motivated, by other fellow diabetics to be depressed.

I am telling you that allowing yourself to motivate yourself is very very important in life with no diseases, but especially life with diseases. You can't always be guaranteed to have someone around you to help motivate you, but if you can find a way to constantly motivate yourself then nothing can stop you. I try to live for today, and only for today, as no one is ever guaranteed a tomorrow, but if you have a today then you are ahead of the game. You just want to make sure you can do everything in your power to see as many todays as you possibly can.

Your fellow diabetic, and a motivated one at that,

38 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-29 12:18:24 -0600 Report

That is truely inspirational. I applaude your positive outlook on life and everything around you. I can say that I am not always so positive and at times get downright depressed whether it's from problems with diabetes or my other health issues ( drs offices & hosps R no fun) or just being around negative people, which I try to avoid. That being said, I have a wonderful family that helps me. I would love to be happy all the time as I know when I'm not it affects others around me. But, I agree that laughter helps keep the spirit up and try to find it whereever I can:)

Chad1978 2011-12-29 13:51:16 -0600 Report

Thanks. I always try to find the humor in life. I feel it makes me a much happier person, in general. The only thing in life that drives me insane are my bosses, but I think that is about par with the majority of human kind, LOL.

berrykins0 2011-11-14 08:52:03 -0600 Report

i love your postive attiude thats what gets us through life. i have a postive attiude myselfnot many people do when they have diabetes or other health problems. when being negitive you are appt to give up on yourself and not take control and take care of your self.motivation is important can help other when you have a postive attiude.negitive grumble complain and are no help to them selves or anyone feel good about yourself when you do the right things.always well worth the effort you put out to stay in control. keep up the good work take care.

Chad1978 2011-11-14 09:24:31 -0600 Report

I completely agree. I have always been a pretty positive person my entire life from present time to the days well before being diabetic. The only times I don't look at the positive sides is when I am driving to work on a cold and snowy Chicago day…uggh, those days are just around the corner, LOL. Once I'm done driving, however, I am back to having fun and laughing. Laughter is the best medicine in life, at least for me. Take care, and do keep up the positivity you possess, as well.

Your fellow diabetic, and friend,

medic673b 2011-11-13 23:09:44 -0600 Report

I wish i could be that happy about having Diabetes,but it took away everything i was an EMT, A Emergency RoomTech, and the ability to be a VFF so i am very not ok with having it and its been 2 1/2 years I m unemployed and in this economy its hard to find a job so i dont't have the luxury some of yu mentioning all i can count on is a PC doctor. try having no insurance and buying strips. plus Diabetes is not all i have to deal with i have 11 other presciption meds i have to buy so being happy is not in the future for me i hate diabetes i wish my doctor had never told me

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-29 12:54:21 -0600 Report

Why is it you lost your occupations? I can see maybe having to take some time off in the begining, but to not be able to return. Many, many people continue in their jobs while being a diabetic, whether insulin dependent or not. It requires being diligent about controling it; checking levels, taking meds on time, and eating right. If non of that was being done or you had a major health issue that put you on disability then I understand. I have had my share of bad drs and yes I have had no insurance and had to buy alot more meds then you, but there are ways, you just have to be active in finding them. Maybe you could go back to school for retraining. Check with your local unemployment office for their programs, mine has one whether you lost your job or you didn't work but need to enter the work force. The program will pay for two years of school and expenses. They will help you with jobs through their program, you just have to be willing to take what is offered or you can apply directly for financial aid (FAFSA) and probably get a grant. This is just a thought and I hope it helps you to gain control of your life again and help you become more upbeat as that resentment will not help you.

If you need any help please send me a msg in my inbox and I'll do my best. I want you to look at life differently and become the better person that I know you are:)

Chad1978 2011-11-14 09:02:05 -0600 Report

I am very sorry to hear about your run of bad luck. I do hope that you luck starts to make a change for the better. I can also start a pharmacy out of my house, and that is definitely not fun.

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-14 07:30:45 -0600 Report

No wonder you are overwhelmed! Anyone in your position would be too. Now you can sit there and keep on bemoaning life's tricks. Or you can adapt as well as you can and get positive. How? By grasping that bull by the horns. Finding out you had diabetes wasnt a happy thing but its allowed you to come here meet us and simply by that alone you have stated that you are not going down without a fight. So fight back in a positive role. Helping others at times helps beat down your negativity. As well as staying focused to learn more thus you get the leverage you need to kick butt. Hugs

WendyFR 2011-06-10 23:43:14 -0500 Report

great attitude! I was diagnosed at age 12 with type 1 and now I'm 37. I like to stay positive as well and your right life in general is motivating in itself. We control the diabetes, it does not control us. Nice to hear positive stories..keep it up.

DJackwon 2011-05-30 21:42:04 -0500 Report

I am type two, probably in the infant stage, was diagnosed 3/3/11. At first I was terrified, then found this site and these people. I now consider them family. They build you up when your feeling down, and congratulate you when things are going well. I too believe in a positive attitude and motivation.

Its not always easy, much to learn, but I am learning and doing whatever it takes to be the healthiest me I can be. In all truth I am more healthy after diagnosis than I was prior. Through diet and exercise (no meds at this point) My blood pressure was lowered from 5 mg's a day to 2.5 mg's. I was put on a chloresteral medication, but I am ok with that too.

Exercise is making me drop pounds that I never thought I would be able to, again, with diet change and motivation. I am beginning to feel better every day, not so fatigued and almost back to normal. Thanks for your story, I always love to read inspirational things.

- Debbie -

Chad1978 2011-05-31 23:27:51 -0500 Report

Good for you. It sounds like you are doing a great job doing what needs to be done for yourself. Keep up the great job, and continue staying motivated. I know those first few months are the toughest because your life has just taking a complete 180 degree turn, so now you have to change your entire lifestyle. It may not be simple, but as you will see it isn't all that tough once you get used to everything including food choices, label readings, exercise, etc. It's good to see that you seem to be looking forward this early. I think the toughest part for most people are the very early times, so you should be very proud of yourself for maintaining a positive perspective.

DJackwon 2011-06-03 09:19:06 -0500 Report

Thank you :)

Chad1978 2011-06-03 17:56:51 -0500 Report

Don't thank me. Thank yourself. You are doing a great job, and help to keep me motivated, so thank you. Keep up the great job, and I hope to hear your updates on how you are doing. One of the best medicines I have learned that really helps to make this disease easier is laughter, so if you have a bad day I suggest you watch a movie that really gives you the laughs, and when it's over feed off of that humor and keep it going. I prescribe to you one dose of National Lampoons Vacations, and one helping of My Cousin Vinny. LOL

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-30 18:09:34 -0500 Report

I'm pretty new on DC so I don't know you but the things you have said will help motivate me. I just found out that I have Diebetes 2 on May 13. Hopefully you can help me out alot. Thank You - Teresa Rose

DJackwon 2011-06-03 09:20:34 -0500 Report

I will do what I can and happily, more on here are more familiar with things than I, and they will jump in to help also. I wish you well on your journey and welcome to the DC family!

- Debbie -

Chad1978 2011-05-31 23:52:26 -0500 Report

Glad to hear it, and am always up to helping anyone look forward in life rather than backwards. In our cases keeping our minds stuck to those days when we were completely healthy, or at least mostly healthy. Although you are pretty new at the whole diabetes thing you have already looked for a site like this to help you learn some things about the disease, or maybe just looking for some people to help you get through this. I remember the very early weeks, and possibly months, when I was diagnosed back in March of 2008. I remember it being a bit of a challenge having to pretty much change all the basic things in my life including diet, exercise, and the constant checking of my blood sugars. I got through it with ease, however, as I looked at it as a challenge, and once all my changes were now my new habits I realized it wasn't really that big of a deal to have to make these changes. Although I was never heavy and not really out of shape I still exercise more now than I ever did before, and honestly I feel better now than I have since I was about 21. For me diabetes was actually a positive thing in my life. I did take a few months to really get comfortable with my food choices, but now I eat healthier than I ever did.

You just need to maintain your patience with this disease, especially early on until you get into a real groove, and find out what things work for you and what things do not. You really need to experiment with foods, and maybe see a dietician. I saw one and that she really helped me out big time. Not once in my life prior to my diagnosis have I ever even looked at a food label, but now it is just a normal thing for me to do, and it isn't a big deal at all. You need to get a good team around you. Find an endochronologist that you really feel comfortable with. Make sure to get all your proper tests that you need to have done and make sure that your general doctor gets all the updates, as well. Of course I am a type 1, so I am not really sure if type 2 folk get A1C readings the same as type 1 folk. I assume you do, but your doctor will obviously tell you what you have to do.

Although it does indeed suck to be a diabetic the great thing is if you stay positive and constantly look ahead rather than behind then you will do just fine. The way I look at it is that I have diabetes and so I control it and it does not, nor ever will, control me. Again, stay positive and if you ever are feeling down feel free to talk to me whenever you want. I am a pretty good listener, so feel free to vent, feel free to ask me questions, or just feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind. If you can get through the first few months staying positive then you will see that this disease can be very manageable if you put in just a little bit of effort. Believe me it all seems very overwhelming at first, but then the things we do just become our new habits, and if you maintain your exercise and your new diet I guarantee your energy levels are going to become much better.

Your fellow diabetic and new friend,

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-01 10:41:02 -0500 Report

Thank you Chad! It means alot to me to have someone like you that I can talk to. I think once I get started on my meds. I will have alot more energy. I am completely drained & I am so tired I can barely move. I feel like I"ve been awake for a week straight & I hurt all over. Even my skin hurts. My heart hurts alot but according to my electrocardio gram there are no blockages. What is a Endochrinologist?-Teresa Rose

Chad1978 2011-06-01 16:10:10 -0500 Report

First of all, you don't have to thank me at all. I am happy to help you out. Next, an endocrinologist is a specialty Dr that deal with things like diabetes, thyroid issues, etc. Here check out this link that explains about them in more detail.

I was very drained early on, too. I now feel great. You really should look into a dietician, as well. A dietician will really help you to figure out a diet plan for you which really takes away a lot of the stress in trying to figure it out all on your own. I know my dietician really helped me out a lot.

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 17:38:12 -0500 Report

Rock on Chad! You have a great attitude! Don't ever let anything interfere with your positive attitude You're an awesome young man! Love, M ;-)

Chad1978 2011-06-01 00:00:20 -0500 Report

Thanks, and I just wasn't born with a negative gene. I know I am lucky. I have always been a glass is half full type of guy, but also a very realistic person. Honestly I think it's my ability to see the realistic views on things rather than the biased views many people tend to have that have always kept me positive and a lover of life. The other two things that make me want to always stay down the path of positivity are my two boys. They are my true inspiration on living as healthy as I can and as long as I can, so I can see all the major things in their life like graduations, marriages, children, etc.

I can tell that you are also a positive person, so I feel you are pretty darn awesome, too. It's people like you that help me to stay motivated and positive, so thanks.

Rocking on,

tabby9146 2011-05-30 08:43:58 -0500 Report

congrats to you for your attitude and how you have handled things. That's great. I've had to motivate myself, I have no one around me that does that, no one to help, so far I have been able to do it, but I don't know if I could have, had I been diagnosed with type1 many years ago when I was younger, or if I had gone straight to insulin and had problems, or hospitalization, etc. like to many here.

Chad1978 2011-05-30 11:55:56 -0500 Report

I'm glad to hear you motivate yourself. I agree with you that it definitely could be a much harder disease as a young child or teen. I do know of a few amongst friends and family that were young when they had it, but they did have a support group around them to help through those tough times. It is a shame when you hear that people, of all ages, just don't have anybody on their side to help on those days when things just seem to tough to get through alone. I am one of those rare people that can self motivate when things are at their worst, and I know that most people have much trouble self motivating themselves, especially those that were around negative people most of their lives. I'm lucky in that I was surrounded by positive people. I am glad that there are sites like this that people can go to to get answers, and maybe even a little motivation now and then.

Enjoy your day of remembrance,

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-05-27 14:28:48 -0500 Report

Hi Chad,

This is fantastic! Really inspiriational. You are living life on life's terms but also living your life to the fullest, staying motivated and powered up.

I hope a lot of people read your post. I see that you are already getting a lot of responses.


And have a great weekend!


Chad1978 2011-05-27 17:45:13 -0500 Report

Thanks. I am pretty lucky, though, to have been around positive thinkers most of my life. I wish everyone had more of those types of people around them, but unfortunately that is just not the case. If I am able to motivate some folks by my positive thinking than that is a bonus for me. It's easy for me to motivate those in my life, but the only way to be even slightly effective online is to just be open and honest I guess. It's kind of funny because I think a few folks took me as being cocky on this site, and maybe even a little naive, but this was my thinking before diabetes and of course after being diagnosed with diabetes. Knock on wood, but I have been a diabetic for 3 1/2 years, and not once have I gotten upset about it. Of course I am not thrilled, but I am just a very realistic thinker in that I know I am a diabetic, and I can either live with that fact or I can hide in a shell and beat myself up. I decided instantly to except my new friend. I would learn as much as I could about it, and figure out the best things I could do to make sure it was under control. I realized that if I made sure to keep it satisfied than I, too, would be satisfied as well. I control diabetes, and diabetes does not, nor ever will,
control me.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend,

davidvermont 2011-05-26 23:43:56 -0500 Report

Great attitude which always helps.
As far as motivation goes; The first thing one must do is find out WHAT motivates them. As an example, I get motivated by anger - not usually with others but with myself. Sometimes it's the urge to "prove them wrong." Anger may not be the "healthiest" motivation but it triggers me so I use it. Whatever works - use it to inspire yourself and pursue your goals.

Chad1978 2011-05-26 23:58:09 -0500 Report

Actually in my opinion showing anger can be very healthy. I think the worst thing anyone can do is to hold onto anger as it just leads to constant stress. If you are able to vent through anger than I say go for it. I tend to release my issues in life through humor. Every once in a while I do let off a little steam as I feel that all emotions are important. Follow the emotions that work best for you to keep you motivated. If it is anger than get angry, as long as no one is getting hurt, including one's own self. If your motivation is humor than I say laugh, and laugh until it does hurt. We all have to figure out what works best for us to maintain a little sanity in life.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-05-26 21:21:16 -0500 Report

Am so glad I found this website/community! I get inspired each time I log on. Your positive attitude was just what I needed to see today, Chad! Bless you!

Chad1978 2011-05-26 23:51:18 -0500 Report

Glad to hear it. Stay positive, and get out there and smile and laugh more and I guarantee it will be very hard for anything to get you down. My goal in life is to have 2 very strong laughs each day, plus many other laughs throughout the day. Laughter is definitely my best medicine. It keeps me strong and always positive even when things do get a little tough.

Starry20 2011-05-30 20:52:18 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to be the negativity on this positive party, but at the age of 4 I got diagnosed, and I'm a optimist but still diabetes screed up my life, my friends go eat a pizza and I have to get a shot wait THEN eat, but by then my friends r done and enjoying their own little joke. I'm in academic excellence program and I get all the attention from the teacher with stupid questions. My friends have to stay at the back of the group with me to talk without the teacher so um sorry, but in my opinion diabetes jacked my life from me… And I CAN'T get it back…

Kuai Princess
Kuai Princess 2011-05-26 20:39:11 -0500 Report

I've had diabetes for 33 years and firmly believe it has given to me far more than it has taken. It hasn't been easy, and all the "other" stuff that you have to deal with as you age can make diabetes management more difficult. . . But dealing with it had been more of a spiritual (as opposed to religious) journey that has brought healing of heart. . . And I believe that is much more important than a cure.

Chad1978 2011-05-26 21:09:01 -0500 Report

It's very easy for me to stay positive now, as I have only been a diabetic for about 3 1/2 years. I call myself a diabetic toddler. I hope that I can still look at it the way I do now after 33 years like you. Good for you, and thanks for helping me on the right track of positive thinking. I think that when you have a disease that taking the path of positivity is actually the harder path to choose, as I feel it is much easier to look down at a disease rather than to be able to see the bright side of it. Sure we would all rather not be diabetics, but the fact is that until there is a true cure we are always going to be this way, so we might as well think positively rather than negatively. You inspire me, so thank you.

indymlb 2011-05-26 09:17:42 -0500 Report

I am also Type I, but diagnosed 20 years ago. I've had my ups and downs with this disease. Having a positive outlook on life got me through those downs! Love your motivation!

Chad1978 2011-05-26 10:45:50 -0500 Report

I am a diabetic toddler. I've only had it for about 3 1/2 years, so we shall see if I can maintain my positive attitude when I have had it for 20 years. I am pretty confident that I can, but honestly I got diabetes at a time when the technology is just really good compared to what you and many others have had to deal with that I have not, so who am I to complain. I have an uncle that has had diabetes since he was 6, and I still remember him having to go through a whole process to give himself insulin with what seemed to be a javelin instead of a needle. It takes me about 30 seconds to give myself my insulin shot, and with an itty bitty needle. Of course I would rather not have it, but I do and it is now part of who I am, so I find it to be my duty to remain positive because I lived 29 healthy years when there are many people that get diabetes at a very young age and never got a chance to live life like I did for that long. I actually feel lucky to have lived 29 healthy years, so now I look forward to living as many more.

ravenmoon33 2011-05-26 05:37:13 -0500 Report

You have such a wonderful attitude. Some people tend to focus on the negative. Managing diabetese can be a positive turn in one's live (I speak from experience…although I was only diagnosed two months ago). Eating healthier and exercising more has made me feel wonderful. I no longer have that "blah" feeling that I could not explain and now know was out of control blood sugar. Thank for sharing and for the positive and motivating energy.

Chad1978 2011-05-26 10:57:56 -0500 Report

Thanks. I am very lucky, though, because everyone around me for pretty much my whole life has been a very positive influence. If my friends and family weren't always so positive on life then I very well may not be as positive and motivated as I am. I am not a religious man at all, but I can say that I am definitely blessed to have such great people in my corner with me. I wish everyone could have that.

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