Would you, could you handle it?

By kdroberts Latest Reply 2011-08-14 20:58:22 -0500
Started 2011-06-02 15:07:17 -0500

Hypothetical question. Lets say a cure for all types of diabetes was found, it worked and within minutes of taking it you no longer needed to worry about anything diabetes related. How would you handle it? Really think about the answer and what it would mean, especially if you have had diabetes for a long time. Do you think you COULD handle it? It's long been documented that a lot of people who come out of situations like the military or prison or when a long term spouse/partner dies have huge trouble adapting to their new life because the routine was such a part of who they were and what made them tick.

33 replies

milkseed 2011-08-14 20:58:22 -0500 Report

I'm 63 years old at this time. I can remember reading our local paper with my mother when I was nine years old about the cure for diabetes. We both cried because we were so happy. I haven't believed any articles since then about a cure.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-06 23:26:01 -0500 Report

I think it would take me awhile to trust that the Diabetes was really gone. The foods that spike my BG would stay on my taboo list for sometime. The fingersticks would continue, just would need to really see that the BG was normal. That's just me.
Last year when my Vascular Surgon said he could fix me, I am afraid that mixed with amazing amounts of Hope there was some doubt. Even today I am still afraid other leg vein pumps will go bad. I am aware of the warning signs, so it wouldn't get as bad as before. I am watching every day that it doesn't happen again.
It would be the same with a Dr. saying you are cured from Diabetes. I would just have to keep checking. It would be the only way I could tell that this sneaky disease had not returned.
I only dealt personnally with the bad effects from venous insufficieny, venous stasis, venous reflux, for a short time. My Dad dealt with it for years. I saw how it slowly destroyed his quality of life and overal health. My cure was not available for him. I have that funny feeling of survivors guilt I deal with.
So far Dibetes has only been a diagnosed part of my life for 17 months. It was caught early. It has been relatively easy to control, so far. If a cure could be found while I am still at this stage I would be overjoyed. But then I would still feel the shadow of what it could have progressed to for the rest of my life. I have seen too many people suffer the consequences of living with Diabetes.

marla50 2011-06-06 01:48:19 -0500 Report

I've had diabetes for 45 years and I also lost a husband. Having a cure for diabetes would be alot easier than loosing my husband. Just because I was cured,wouldn't mean I would automatically give up the healthy way I eat or the exercise I get. It would mean I could get past all the complications I am having. The mood swings,the pain I put my family thru. The shots,the finger pricking. Yes I would have to say I could handle it very easily.

Sjcherry 2011-06-05 11:45:31 -0500 Report

I would love a cure, I have heard for the past 33 years that a cure is aroung the corner, well as of now that corner is really long.

melissa5786 2011-06-05 07:47:27 -0500 Report

I'd want a cure. There's no question about it. If someone told me I could go take a pill and I'd no longer have Type 2 and my pancreas would regenerate and come back, I'd do it. I'd do it for me, my family, my friends.

I'm a fan of routine and general order, but I'd screw it all up if it meant I didn't need to give myself insulin injections and prick my fingers every day for the rest of my life.

MrsCDogg 2011-06-05 07:28:18 -0500 Report

Shoot! I'd knocking folks out of my way to get to that cure!! I'd handle it with thanksgiving and praise to God! Ask the doctors to make sure they had plenty of it to help all the other people who have diabetes too! Heck yes! Bring it on! ;o)

digitaldoorbell 2011-06-04 23:47:27 -0500 Report

I can't imagine this is a real question…why would someone not want to be healthy?

kdroberts 2011-06-05 12:30:49 -0500 Report

It's not a question about wanting a cure or not wanting one, I'm sure no one would decline one if it was available, it's about how you would cope with the change. I don't know how long you have had diabetes but it is a massive part of your life and when you think about it, occupies a lot of your time and thinking, so to have all of that gone in a second may be extremely difficult for some people to handle. I guarantee that if you were cured you wouldn't be able to instantly forget the routine and everything that you would normally do. When I moved to the US it took me almost 3 months to remember to look right if I wanted to see out of my rear view mirror because I was so used to looking to the left, and that is a pretty trivial thing. I have no idea how long it would take for me to not automatically reach for my testing kit, figure out the carbs in the food, figure out an insulin dose and then get my insulin pen but it wouldn't be overnight.

roshy 2011-06-09 11:33:18 -0500 Report

it would be nice to think for once you could let go of the obessive thoughts of blood sugars, needles test results! theres no question it becomes an invasive part of your life and can be intrusive to the point where you forget theres more to life then just diabetes. Ive only had it seven years now but i can still remember life without it. But just like everything else its an experience in which shapes you as a person. As people we just learn to adapt and follow life as it goes on. We almost become institutionalised to our diabetic way of living.
Im switching over to the pump soon enough and i am already beginging to miss the routine of the trusty needle! always there at hand, i know how its going to effect my levels, what units i need and so on! i say by the time im up and pumping theyl be a distant memory but i will cope with the change along with the help and support of family and doctors!! they will also make the change easier to cope with!

granniesophie 2011-06-05 12:49:07 -0500 Report

KD, I agree, I would love the cure, but I am so used to the testing, the reading, the pill taking, that has become part of my life, that I would feel like something was missing for a while and I bet I would still be doing alot of it, except maybe the pills, since I would flush those puppies in a heartbeat!
I don't think I would go back to my old eating and non-exersise habits, though, I kinda like how it feels to be healthy, but the obsessive label reading would have to go :)

Somoca 2011-06-04 20:35:31 -0500 Report

I don't need to think about this..it isn't Solomon material. I would choose the cure quicker than poop through a duck. Next question LOL

kdroberts 2011-06-04 19:54:46 -0500 Report

I would be over the moon about getting rid of it but it's a major part of my life and I don't know how it would be. For instance, it would feel weird not to take my blood sugar before and after meals. It would be weird to see food as food and not be trying to figure out the nutritional breakdown. It would be weird not to be reading studies and journals for the latest diabetes news. It would be weird not coming to boards like this. It would be a dramatic change to my life and it would happen without any adjustment period. I think it would be hard for a while and I might even go as far as to say I may miss or morn the loss of diabetes for a short period of time.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-04 12:44:57 -0500 Report

I would be sooo happy I would cry with tears of joy. I would be glad to not have to take so many pills, I get sick and tired of taking them.
I would continue with the diet I'm on but I would add desert to my menu everyday for a while. I didn't use to eat a lot of sweets except for fresh fruit, but now that I can't have sugar it seems I crave it. I really miss being able to eat lots of fresh fruit when it's in peak season, and fresh corn.
I would also be glad that the people at my pharmacy would no longer know my one a first name basis. I would continue to check my BS for a while.
Then I would thank God for answering my prayers.

chloeloveu 2011-06-04 11:31:29 -0500 Report

i would love to be able to abandon my insulin regimine. i don't think much would change and i think i would feel lost a little no having to take a shot everytime i ate something, but other than that i would feel free. Oh and the fact that my bs would be normal would be a blessing and my diabetes is not what makes me tick, it takes a back seat to my life as long as it is under control. It is my personality that makes me tick.

Type1Lou 2011-06-04 09:50:23 -0500 Report

I've lived longer with my diabetes than without. But, I would not hesitate to abandon the diabetes if I could. It would certainly make my husband's life easier, not having to worry about those nasty lows I still experience. I would also resume baking…the downside would be I would be tempted to eat all that YUMMY stuff and would probably have to buy a new wardrode to accommodate the subsequent increased girth. (However, I could pay for that wardrobe because no more strips and insulin and syringes etc.) Diabetes has been more of a curse than a blessing but the upside to this disease is that it has forced me to adopt healthier eating habits. Thank you for a thought-provoking question.

tweetydele 2011-06-03 21:45:08 -0500 Report

i see ur point, but as for me i would b elated to be rid of this disease, altho i might add if wasnt for this disease i may not have gone on such a strict diet to lose weight so that is an option too. ill give it more thought and let u know. thanks for giving the suggestion to think about.

Anonymous 2011-06-03 08:04:16 -0500 Report

Wow that's so true. Humm, I think id be just fine actually. I would be free from injections! That would be liberating! Also to not have to worry about foods with carbs would be real nice! I've known about my diabetes for a year now and I think id truely be fine. That's a great discussion, it provokes some deep thought!

MarkS 2011-06-03 07:40:46 -0500 Report

Nice thought and as you know with the clinical studies currently being conducted, this could become a reality, especially for Type 1 diabetes. However, it would be for those who have a high probability of an autoimmune reaction resulting in diabetes or who have been newly diagnosed and still have some functioning beta cells remaining. The current advances in the biological sciences and the understanding of the molecular basis of metabolic disorders is astounding.

CaliKo 2011-06-02 23:36:06 -0500 Report

Interesting thought, kdroberts. I'm not on meds, so I'd have less adapting to do. I'd probably test for quite awhile, seeing if it were really true. Then I'd probably vow to keep to my better eating and exercise habits. I'd like to think for the most part, I would do that, but because it is healthier, not because I'm scared of the consequences.

scribbles 2011-06-02 22:25:31 -0500 Report

Like any new skill, it would take time and practice to learn. What a wonderful fantasy!! :)
(wish I could find out how to add the neat little pictures)

Bama13 2011-06-02 18:13:22 -0500 Report

i would really like that my diabetes would be gone but i would still eat like i do now i like being healthy

Asheenita 2011-06-02 18:05:03 -0500 Report

I don't know. I know I would be scared @ first. I 'll have some joy and relief but It would take alot of getting use to it.

dietcherry 2011-06-02 17:04:04 -0500 Report

Very thought-provoking kd! I think I would first turn into a bouncing, rejoicing, crying, laughing, screaming freak!!!
Ive had people pose this question to me before; I would still maintain my healthy dietary habits and exercise routine. As you said, they have become a deeply ingrained part of who I am and frankly they have done me a world of good, diabetic or not.
Its been 31 years of D for me, since childhood, and Ive become conditoned by my disease to observe healthy choices always.
And then Id go to Disneyland! :)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-06-02 16:36:00 -0500 Report

I would have no problem!!! : )

Starry20 2011-06-02 23:05:58 -0500 Report

I would wait a year… So I would wait a year for anything like bugs or side effects then I would jump up and down screaming like a happy two year old… It would be hard to go back to old ways, but I would try, all while keeping my diet, but the first meal after my cure would have to do with a big slice of cake… I would have to rejoice in that cake… But it makes me sad, years away, that techknowlegy will come out, but it may be too late for all of those who can't even take care of themselves anymore, D is the only thing that keeps them ticking…

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