Has your life improved since your diagnosis?

By robertoj Latest Reply 2012-04-20 19:09:04 -0500
Started 2011-08-14 05:11:03 -0500

I have had several serious health issues for many years now. Most of my issues have resulted in little or no improvement. On December 2008 I had a BG of 435. It was an unhappy surprise to say the least. I accepted it right away (it's not my scariest issue). Through changes in diet, exercise, always taking my meds and communicating with my doctor my BG usually stays between 80 and 120 and my A1c is 5.3%. I feel better than I have in over 25 years. I have lost 73 lbs and kept it off. My chronic pain is at a minimum. I rarely get depressed and when I do it is mild and short lived (despite having insomnia). I have not had an asthma attack in years. I have increased my energy level and increased my mobility. It comes from a positive attitude a solid plan.

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nzingha 2012-01-24 15:44:09 -0600 Report

I am still working at getting my A1c down to 5.00. i'm at 6.2 and its so hard. since my D got outta control, i have lost 15 pounds and still have another 10 to go tho everyone is saying if i lose 10 i'll disappear.. but i want to lose that 10.. and i'm going to lose it. i have developed other complications .. a thing called cushings.. i dont even understand what the hell that is and still reading up about it…caused from too muh stress… which isnt really due directly to the diabetes but the disease just opens the door to so many other things.. my problem is i need to retire and take things easy and just do the things i love doing.. but life in the world now is so complicated… this recession thing has us going going going.. all my plans have been thrown ouuta whack and i'm so angry because i worked hard and honest and i wanted to retire at 45..it just seems so far in the distance now.. looks like i'm going to have to work to the end… it's life!

robertoj 2012-01-24 16:16:20 -0600 Report

Stress is a factor in all our issues. I believe that stress is directly related to acceptance. I know that once I knew what I needed to do as well what I can't I was able to take action.

Jeanae 2012-01-24 11:17:15 -0600 Report

I am so happy for you. I agree. In some ways the diabetes diagnosis was the best thing that ever happened to me. I heard the theme song from the movie The Help by Mary Jane Bligg and I thought "that is a good theme song for diabetics". Thanks for the positivity!

robertoj 2012-01-24 13:03:22 -0600 Report

Dealng with diabetes requires balance. I was lucky because I realized that if I was too rigid or too lax it would be impossible.

KE5ICS 2011-10-20 22:26:37 -0500 Report

Dramatically a1c since i started on the pump in august was 11.1 and now 7.5! Yes sir on a role to feeling much better!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-20 22:04:20 -0500 Report

God Bless you that is wonderful! Thank you for sharing that. Unfortunatly, i wasted a whole year so i'm nowhere near that, but i will be! Peace

Kim Gregory
Kim Gregory 2011-10-13 22:04:11 -0500 Report

I lost weight, my BG is good, A1C is good and I hate all of it. I would have rather lost weight because I made up my mind to do it on my own, not because I have diabetes. My life was great before I got sick. I don't like watching what I eat, testing my blood sugar, the doctor visits. Diabetic supplies are expensive. It is also expensive to eat healthy. It shouldn't be this way, but it is cheaper to eat at McDonalds dollar menu than it is to buy fruit and vegetables and whole grain bread. My entire life has changed. We now have to incorporate these extra bills into our already tight budget. Now I find myself trying to decide if I should spend $20 on a pair of shoes or $32 for test strips. I want a peperoni pizza and some beer. I want a greasy double cheese burger with fries, a chocolate shake and a coke. I want my life back!!!!!!

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-10-20 21:38:39 -0500 Report

I love your honesty. I think a lot of either used to feel that way or still feel that way. There are some moments I feel that way but for me if I stray the consequences are amputation, kidney or liver failure and or death. Thank God we don't live in the cowboy era where there wasn't insulin or pills to manage our blood sugar. At least we have a chance at management and control. acceptance is the key to this game.

Kim Gregory
Kim Gregory 2011-10-26 22:27:58 -0500 Report

Yeah I accept it because I have to, not because I want to. We all do what we have to do to stay healthy and get good numbers and all that. My life has not improved since my diagnosis. It has changed since my diagnosis. My life was great before my diagnosis and my life is still great after my diagnosis. Diabetes is something that I have to incorporate into my great life.

robertoj 2011-10-27 01:05:33 -0500 Report

My perceptions have improved. The circumstances fluctuate. Your approach is very reasonable and balanced.

robertoj 2011-10-13 22:17:40 -0500 Report

Diabetes is an epidemic in this country and the cost of supplies is outrageous. No question our lives would be much better if we took better care without the dx. It sucks that this is what it took for me to change my bad habits.

stormz 2011-10-13 16:56:43 -0500 Report

Well you sure do have a positive attitude and that really helps with all medical problems. Like you I have more than 1 problem first it was diabetes then it was my cholesterol after that things just piles on. Like you I lost a lot of weight, ate a good diet got my A1C's down to 5 or less and I feel better than ever. I'm glad to hear that not only me there is someone else out there with a good positive attitude! I always take what the doctors give me be it good news or bad and then try and look at the positive side of it. There is no one else out there that is going to take care of our bodies better than ourselves. I hope you stay healthy and continue to stay positive. God Bless!

robertoj 2011-10-13 17:55:48 -0500 Report

Sometimes when the news is not good I figure that I may use it to help someone else. I used to be negative and it is not the way to go.

stormz 2011-10-13 18:09:06 -0500 Report

Negative is never the way to go. Sometimes when we have no support we turn negative I know when I found out I was diabetic I had no support and became depressed. I was very alone. Soon realized I wasn't going to get better that way either so I turned things around once I did I quickly healed myself. I have since learned that if I use that same logic in all my life situations I can turn most things around. It has worked for me and I'll keep doing it. I hope it does help others there is no sense in being negative in life. Stay healthy, God Bless!

robertoj 2011-10-13 18:45:46 -0500 Report

I have a history of depression and it took me a very, very long and painful time to beat it. I cannot afford to be negative. It is i little strange to discover that it is actually in your nature to be positive. The trick for me was finding that I can be REASONABLY happy no matter the circumstance.

stormz 2011-10-13 19:44:57 -0500 Report

That's good to hear. A lot of people become depressed when they are sick. But you realized your problem and fixed it I'm happy for you. Happiness is a wonderful thing may you always be happy and healthy! God Bless.

JDCA2025 2011-08-25 18:48:45 -0500 Report

I'm not really sure how to respond. I was diagnosed in 8th grade, and god knows I don't know how my young self would've turned out without the diagnosis, but I will say that having Type 1 has made me a very determined person. I figure life will beat you if you let it, and I might not have this view if I weren't a Type 1. I would probably also be less of a control freak lol.

robertoj 2011-08-25 22:17:40 -0500 Report

Learning lessons from life's challenges is one of the greatest assets one can achieve. You should be proud of the way you have handled it. Also extra points for your sense of humor.

stilllearning 2011-08-25 07:23:17 -0500 Report

Have been diabetic since 2000. Was good for a while and then got burned out. Stopped testing and watching what I eat. Since 2001 was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and that kinda took over my life. Last year developed back problems again and blood work came back showing A1C of 9.3. That scared me into action. Had full hysterectomy in Jan 2011 due to cancer scare. A1C is now 7.5 and have learned a lot about managing my sugar. Found out I was counting only sugar grams instead of carbs. Have been on Metformin forever and when A1C came back so high, glyburide was added. As of 23rd, was prescribed 10 units of Lantus as even though I have been watching my diet, oral meds are not doing enough but have not begun using Lantus yet as am waiting for hospital to call with appt date to teach me how to give myself injections. Unfortunately, with back problems and psych meds weight is still too high. Am going to start attending community pool for water therapy for my back and hope this will help take some weight off. Have only been able to walk around outside of house 2 times before pain makes me stop. Diagnosis has not improved my life much yet but hope to soon.

TamiR 2012-04-19 17:44:09 -0500 Report

Stilllearning sounds like you are going throught alot right now. Hope things get easier for you soon. I'm not understand this diabetes stuff. I have type 2 and only have to take metformin. I relate to having back problems. I broke my back when I was 13yrs old and now I am 53. I have had so much back pain through my life that it is so bad today. I fight to be able to keep walking amung other things. Sorry to hear you had a cancer scare. No one deserve that. See I was doing the oppisite where I was counting the sugar and not the carbs. That I know of. I dont understand what is good for me and what is bad. How are you doing with your injections? I think I would be more of a mess if I had to take injections. How is it going for you in the pool for your back? I use to do that and loved it. Yes it helped me and now I do it in my own pool. if you would like we can keep in touch with each other. I would like that. Well have a good day/night.

stilllearning 2012-04-19 19:44:59 -0500 Report

TamiR, A lot has changed since this post in Aug. As you seem to have found out, I lost my husband in Dec. 2011. I have not been focusing on my sugar much since then. I know I should be but feel I am too overwhelmed right now to care. As far as my back, the injections did not work and the doc told me I needed more fusion surgery. I have been putting it off to get more emotionally stable which all of my doc's agree I should do right now. I did not start the pool as financially my husband and I were having too many problems. I'm glad you have a pool of your own to continue in.

robertoj 2012-04-19 20:55:06 -0500 Report

Sorry for your loss. Grief complicates every thing but you should watch your diet. Diabetics are sometimes prone to depression. As does back pain. I broke the same vertebrae twice. Cherish yourself, how you feel about you is important to your health and your bi polar issue. Do you attend a support group? Google Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) to find one near you if you are interested.

stilllearning 2012-04-20 14:19:58 -0500 Report

Depression is definitely a factor I am dealing with. I was in a grief support group until last week cuz I couldn't find a ride to the town it was in. They have started one last nite in my town but have not heard about being able to find a ride yet. Other than the depression and anxiety, I am pretty stable considering.

robertoj 2012-04-20 14:52:14 -0500 Report

I'm glad that you are taking the depression into consideration, it clouds perception. I'm fortunate, last week I attended a support group that is just around the corner from my house. I haven't been depressed for just short of a year but I'm about to undergo treatment that can cause depression. I have a strong belief that I won't be affected but one should never take the threat lightly.

GabbyPA 2012-04-20 14:22:41 -0500 Report

That kind of loss takes time and everyone will deal with it differently and go through different stages of recovery. Take your time, feel those feelings and you will find your way though. My mom used a support group after my dad died and she made some life long friends there because they could all relate and had that bond.

stilllearning 2012-04-20 19:00:57 -0500 Report

Thank you both robertoj and Gabby for your condolences. It is four months today that I lost him. I of course have a long way to go. The step-kids have disappeared but that I expected. I do have some very good friends and my daughter and grandkids who are always there for me. My daughter made me write down all the things I am grateful for so I don't feel like my life is over. I just need to start eating again and taking my insulin like I should.

robertoj 2011-08-25 17:05:57 -0500 Report

Testing is essential. It looks like you realize that you need to be involved in your health issues. I have been on insulin for nearly 2 years and I am quite happy with it. Once my doctor and I determined the correct dosage I have avoided the high and low bg numbers. I recommend walking; try to find a low impact (grass or dirt) area. I use a pedometer and basically walk 10,000 steps a day. Truly know yourself, love yourself and don't take yourself too serious; to avoid burn out. It all takes time so make sure not to over do it. Our community is very caring and supportive and always available to you.

Weizy 2011-08-25 06:37:56 -0500 Report

My life has definitely improved. When I was diagnosed, I weighed 346, myA1C was 7.2 and I was severely depressed. Now I weigh 200, my A1C is 5.6% and I am able to handle whatever life throws at me. A positive attitude definitely helps!

milesrf 2011-08-25 01:41:54 -0500 Report

My life has improved since my diagnosis, but mostly for the reason for that diagnosis - the stroke I was in the ER for. I've mostly had to find diabetes type 2 information on the internet to do much with my type 2.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-17 20:21:14 -0500 Report

I totally agree. Since March of last year I've watched my diet, started exercising and I feel great. My blood pressure & cholesterol are well within the normal range. I was able to stop taking Cymbalta for depression and "unknown" pain, my colitis has settled down tremendously. My average blood sugar is 97. Never over 112 anymore. Almost off RLS med, off my daily asthma inhaler (but the smoke from the Dismal Swamp fire has REALLY tested that). I feel absolutely amazing. I have come a long way but I'm humble enough to know I've still got lots of work ahead of me. (I have another 60-70 lbs to go.) And as hard as I work I will never be off my Metformin because of my PCOS. I have accepted that and I am determined to be the best me I can be!!! Plus I want to do amazing things that I never thought possible!! This year I went kayaking!!! Yesss!! I wish EVERYONE the best!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-16 21:46:10 -0500 Report

Hey Roberto,

What a great post! You are an inspiration! Your story is a perfect example of being an empowered patient, looking at your diagnosis as a wake up call and taking charge of your health.

Thanks for sharing this. Looks like your post is getting a lot of well-deserved attention!


robertoj 2011-08-17 02:06:34 -0500 Report

Thank you for the nice message. My attitude comes from living a life of hard knocks based on poor choices and spiritual deterioration. It is only by the grace of god that I have become useful and turned my liabilities into assets.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-27 20:02:33 -0500 Report

Roberto, you have turned your life around. That is fantastic. And I agree with Gabby, this is a very powerful statement!

robertoj 2011-08-27 23:13:06 -0500 Report

Thank you. I have learned a lot from others that have turned their lives around. I also learned to take direction from people with a positive message. I have encountered many here at the DC community.

GabbyPA 2011-08-17 20:12:22 -0500 Report

Wow, that is an incredible statement.

robertoj 2011-08-18 16:41:09 -0500 Report

Sometimes feeling a headache is better than not feeling at all. Just kidding to acknowledge your feelings is to truly live.

GabbyPA 2011-08-22 06:16:07 -0500 Report

that is true. We try to hide them too often. That is one thing that I have learned to do specially since I am married. You can't keep that junk in, or it will destroy your relationships.

robertoj 2011-08-22 15:32:55 -0500 Report

Sometimes the hardest feelings to share are the good ones. My wife has been gone for a few days to take care of her mother and I really missed her. Now I need to find the right words; you'd think it would get easier after 27 years of marriage.

GabbyPA 2011-08-24 20:22:23 -0500 Report

Just try "I miss you honey, can't wait to see you." That will make her feel great. You can add how much you love her and you will be guaranteed a big hug upon her return.

robertoj 2011-08-24 21:03:30 -0500 Report

My problem is two-fold. First is that my feelings are so strong and more importantly is that it is the sort of thing I use to say to cover up bad behavior. Actions have consequences.

GabbyPA 2011-08-24 21:10:36 -0500 Report

Ok, no words...Here is something that my hubby did for me that really touched my heart. He cooked dinner for me when I got home, but I had to go on a bit of a treasure hunt to find my prize. It started with a note on the door that lead me to another clue and so on until I got to the dining room. It was so nice. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words.

She will have to trust that you are being genuine sometime. Maybe now is the time?

robertoj 2011-08-25 04:31:03 -0500 Report

I do a lot for her but it just seems like it never will be enough. Hard to believe that after 37 years she still rocks my world.

GabbyPA 2011-08-25 14:28:00 -0500 Report

She is very special then and you are remarkable. It may not feel like it is enough, but it is the little things that count.

Lakeland 2011-08-15 22:28:07 -0500 Report

yes, diabetes has helped me. I'm 44 and weighed 250, I tried dieting but never worked. after taking diabetes classes, & being scared (my family has diabetes, dad died from kidney failure, my brothers both almost lost their feet) so when I got it, I went blurry, it was very hard to drive, my sugar was 550 & my a1c was 10. 3

I didn't know if I'd ever see clearly. So I took it seriously, watched what I ate, walked & because of that I lost 30 pounds. My recent weight gain is because I'm getting more comfortable with diabetes so I'm not as careful as I was & I had hip surgery.

I think I need to get scared again & re-start writing everything down I eat.

I just thought it was funny that diets didn't work but just trying to take care of myself had me losing weight.


robertoj 2011-08-15 22:39:11 -0500 Report

Fear is supposed to be a great motivator. The normal responses are fight (too tiring) or flight (not an option). The best thing is to make peace with the disease; find out what you need to change. You can create healthy habits that make it doable.

BandonBob 2011-08-15 11:37:54 -0500 Report

My life definitely changed for the better with my diagnosis. The first thing after losing 80 pounds that I noticed that made my life so much better was that my golf swin came back. I had been trying to swing past a big belly and it had messed up my game. I took an average of 15 strokes off not swinging past a belly any longer. Ironically although I am much more healthy since the diagnosis there are insurance policies I can't buy because of being diabetic that I could have back when I was in bad shape. The other good news is that I never put the weight back on and yesterday I shot a round of golf and had a par 72 a stroke below my age of 73.

robertoj 2011-08-15 21:33:17 -0500 Report

Life is all about doing the things you love to do. Yeah what irony just goes to show that insurance companies aren't part of the healthcare system just parasites.

MewElla 2011-08-15 09:05:24 -0500 Report

Absolutely my life has improved since my diagnosis in Feb. 2010. I immediately made changes big time for me with exercising ea day -walking 5 miles- losing 73lbs in 18 months, A1C6, feel so much more energy, endurance for exercise, never did before, always thought I was too busy, but now I am a priority to take care of me. I sleep better, bg#'s good. I totally work at the diabetes ea day, I know it is a lifetime disease but i do everything I can to stay healthy…

robertoj 2011-08-15 21:39:57 -0500 Report

Usually we feel awful before the dx. At least once we know what it is we can take action. Otherwise we would go on being miserable and succumb to complications that I don't even want to think about.

jayabee52 2011-08-15 21:44:30 -0500 Report

Some people DO feel awful before the Dx, others feel OK before the Dx. I was one of the latter. I felt good, deceptively good, before I was Dx'd. That was why, I guess I didn't take it more seriously at first.

robertoj 2011-08-15 22:52:32 -0500 Report

Funny how each body reacts differently. At first my body gave me no clue if my BG was high but I felt terrible if it got low. Now if I feel off I test and it could go either way. Fortunately my BG has stayed within range for nearly a year.

Marytea 2011-08-16 07:50:22 -0500 Report

I had to chuckle. When my doctor first told me about being diabetic, I was mystified. I had no symptoms that I was aware of. She told me that I would soon feel "normal." I told her I had no idea how that felt. Thank God, I do now. Lots of people are unaware there is anything wrong before they are diagnosed. Robert,oj I love your thoughtful posts and comments.

hillwalker 2011-10-14 00:08:55 -0500 Report

i'm theoretically doing better but i still feel worse than i did before diagnosis the world has lost its shine and my job is on a timer before they fire me because i can't do it any more no energy no focus this is normal i think i know why i wasn't here

robertoj 2011-10-14 00:20:21 -0500 Report

I hope you get better. My energy comes and goes. I have other issues that cause problems. Your problems could be stress related. Sometimes people avoid carbs too much which can cause low energy.

hillwalker 2011-10-14 00:31:47 -0500 Report

pretty sure stress has a lot to do with it food was my coping mech and my only vice so now no vice little to enjoy no concentration prolly going to be jobless well there's always a life of crime:)

berrykins0 2011-08-15 08:57:26 -0500 Report

yes it has i feel alot better about myself .my diabetes is under control. it has been sense september 2009. i was diagnosed in 2009 april.my ac1 started out at 8.2 from sept 2009 to april 2011 it was 5.6. as of april 2011 my ac1 is 5.4.only on 1 tablet of metforin a day.started out on 1april 2009 was put on 2 june 2009 then put back on 1 tablet day in june 2010. currently on 1 tablet a day.april 2009 to september 2009 i had to test my blood sugar 4 times a day.ever sense september 2009 now presently i test 2 times a day before breakfast after dinner. it's a blessing to test it 2 times a day compare to 4 times a day.never take the the idea of only having to check it 2 times a day for granted i won't.it's a blessing.

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