My Fellow Warriors!

By Mickey/CCHT Latest Reply 2015-02-22 09:08:48 -0600
Started 2011-11-28 02:38:11 -0600

I have been reading some discussions lately that have me concerned.

A lot of people are speaking of how down they are and how D is making them feel old and worn down. I'm worried about this.

This site is for people to share their concerns and feelings, I am not discounting that, all I wanted to say is:


Please share any ways that you may be fighting this war, or ways of dealing with doubts you may be having. I post this in support of all of you. We are all in this together.

God Bless You All,

42 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-22 09:08:48 -0600 Report

For myself I think part of the problem is that this area has little sunshine during the winter. I live in the Chicago area. And it is pretty common to go for days with gray skys. Its really hard to get used to. but excerise helps a lot.

msann 2014-04-17 19:00:33 -0500 Report


GabbyPA 2013-07-23 08:16:15 -0500 Report

I feel like putting on some face paint! I get visuals like that when faced with adversity sometimes. You are right, we are in battle and there is nothing as sweet as victory! Victory over the carb cravings. Victory over the couch potato syndrome. Victory over high glucose or the annoyance of testing.
Thanks for the reminder Mickey.

jdla 2012-04-13 11:00:21 -0500 Report

I am walking at least 3x weekly for 30min. I am eating healthier and losing weight. I am educating myself and others and not letting my diseases and diagnosises bring me down. I have 2 beautiful granddaughters to help keep me motivated and a supportive spouse. Also now have this community for support. Thanks for helping me with new ideas and support

CaliKo 2012-04-12 16:55:48 -0500 Report

Exercise helps me a lot. Helps the blood glucose numbers, my mood, my weight, all my chronic conditions. It makes me tired and I sleep well. I recommend it for everyone!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-02-23 07:39:35 -0600 Report

I agree with you Mickey !!! I have been having health issues that have kept me so down for so long. Yesterday I decided that I have had enough. I'm going to do my best to be an overcomer. I'm going to make something or create something everyday and I'm going to play my guitar and sing every single day no matter what. I AM A WARRIOR AND I WILL WIN THIS WAR !!!!

draco59 2012-02-15 18:28:17 -0600 Report

You are right Mickey, we can let put us down. We all get discouraged and depressed about our problem, it just human nature. This group has done more for my spirit and my out look on my problems in the last few weeks, that I became more involved here, then all the years since my problems started.
The people here that I have met and chatted with, are some of the nicest, warm and caring people I've ever met, anywhere?
I think where just going thru the mid winter blahs… This to shall pass.
Just one sweet chubby hypertensive etc semi old man, who has to put compressing hose on every morning, so my legs don't look like they belong to the pillsbery dough boy every night.So let's cheer up winter is 3/4's done..
Have a wonderful evening & smile

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-18 09:38:26 -0600 Report

Yes we are warriors.

The war rages!
I am locked in mortal combat with diabetes.
It is a life long struggle.
There will never be a truce.
And I will not surrender.
If I lose a battle I lick my wounds, and then, like a wounded animal,
I strike back with a new ferocity.
But with each battle I win I am that much closer to a longer,
more enjoyable life.

It is a fight to the death thatas a warriot I intend to win.

berrykins0 2011-12-03 07:37:46 -0600 Report

i feel very thankful and greatful to be able to keep my diabetes undercontrol for the last 2yrs and 3 months. sense i startes out at 8.2 in april 2009 by sept 2009 my ac1 came down to 5.6 ever sense then that were it has been. i stared out taking 1 metformin the other one about a month later in 2009. by 2010 june she took me of 1 metforin ever sense then i have been on 1 metforin.i never take it for granted i have mine under control cause i know its not as easy as it sounds. i put myself through the idea of counting carbs and calories and weighing the food out and exersise may be a pain in the butt but it helps keep things running smooth too.made sure to lose the weight i needed to but in the end it payed it self off.and making sure to keep it off to best a person can keep it off.i have gaven up a lot of things i used to eat. may not been the easiest thing to do but don't miss those things at i say never takr for granted being in control of this nasy diease or it will take control of you. take of your self .have a nice weekend.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-03 08:45:39 -0600 Report

I'm very happy to hear you are armed and battling this demon D! Sounds like you stormed the gates and took no prisoners!! LOL I think that is awesome. People need to see that and know that it is possible with hardwork and dedication. Some people will have a harder time of it, because everyone IS different, so what works for one might not work for another, but we keep trying. It's all about not giving up and fighting that fight. Battles might be lost, but the war will be one!

Thanks for being a D warrior!
God Bless you!

meowbat 2011-12-01 02:39:36 -0600 Report

You're right Mickey! We are all warriors together against this thing, and rightly so! But this BattleAx knows that this is the toughest time of the year for almost anyone, sick or not. Down in the dumps is a normal reaction to daily life in general. Some days just SUCK!!!! To feel it and acknowledge it is normal. To dwell on it is not. We all just need to help each other fight the Dumps. Sometimes some of us need a ladder. Me, there's some days I could use a D9 and TNT! Smile IT Helps!——-Meowbat

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-01 22:54:37 -0600 Report

That, of course is very true. The holidays and the change in weather affects all of us, and sometimes not in a good way. Thank goodness we have this wonderful life-line called DC!!! No need to use the TNT! I will throw you a line! Just holler!

Thanks for sharing. God Bless, Mickey

meowbat 2011-12-01 23:01:36 -0600 Report

Mickey, today is one of those days. the rope is happily accepted!!! Thank You !!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-01 23:06:28 -0600 Report

OMG! I had to use the tether also! I'm SO grateful my work day is over! Got my butt kicked and feel like road kill! Had to come here and be with my peeps to make me feel better!
Don't worry, we can pull eachother up and out! Praise God!

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-29 06:23:27 -0600 Report

Mickey you are so right I hadn't gotten on for a few weeks as I enter my third month as a T1 I had been down and very busy. Have had a hard time finding balance and good medical care. I have my first appt today with a diabetic counselor, after advocating for myself. I have read and tried to learn on my own. Living in a rural area is rough. No more complaining you're so right this is an every day challenge and each new day brings on the challenges of D, but as warriors we must wear the armor of knowledge and discipline. We must use use our knowledge to choose the right foods, we must exercise, and above all we must discipline ourselves to keep going. A quick note as I try to find balance through all of this I just finished my Master's Degree took my orals and comps, was a nervous wreck with bgs going crazy with the stress, but I did it through all of this. Let's celebrate life as warriors with each ne day that God gives us!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 08:09:37 -0600 Report

God Bless you and congratulations on getting your masters(in what?). That is an awesome accomplishment!! Sorry you had all the stress to go along with it! I know that jacks up the bs#'s.
I'm very glad you have been advocating for yourself. If you don't, who will. We must all take the reins in our care, and fight (warrior style!) for what we know we need.
Being in a rural setting does present it's own challenges, glad you are fighting to work through those.
Be positive and fight, it will be ok! We are here for you! Blessings, Mickey
p.s. Glad your back!:)

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-30 09:35:55 -0600 Report

Thanks Mickey, My master's is in Educational Leadership meaning I could actually be a principal in the public schools. No thank you, too much stress do not need that now. My appts. went well yesterday had a complete eye exam - looking great! The Diabetic Counselor said that 3 months ago my cholestrol was high especially for a diabetic, so they plan on ordering new bloodwork since I have changed my diet and my A1C was 8.7 not knowing I had diabetes. The Dr. here in our town didn't even tell me that. It bummed me out, but I realize I didn't know what was going on so I'll be curious as to a new A1C test. The saga continues - as we conquer each day. Maybe my role as a leader is to not be a principal, but to help and lead others to a better understanding of Diabetes. Our community had NOTHING during the month of November - there is no awareness in our community. Thanks again!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 11:24:51 -0600 Report

Sounds like a great goal for sure. It would be a wonderful way to use your masters and help so many people at the same time! That would be a awesome warrior move! What ever you decide to do, good luck!
I know what you mean about a saga! I go 12-7 for my next check with my doc. Hope my A1c came down. The past 2 were 8.4, but i had not been serious about taking care of myself. So now that i have been i will be anxious to see what it is! Good luck with your #'s!
Keep fighting!

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-30 14:58:15 -0600 Report

Thanks Mickey. This website is great it's amazing that you can talk #'s, BGs, and A1C and everyone can relate. Good Luck on your appt. on 12/7 let me know how it goes. As we wear the armor such as Ephesians 6: we also wear it in life armed with our kits, insulin, etc. You also keep fighting!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 20:30:26 -0600 Report

Thank you! It is amazing to have somewhere like this site to go and be able to ask the ?'s we need and get the support from people who understand where you are coming from. And let's not forget a place to vent when need be!!
I like what you said about the armor! So very true friend!:)
Keep fighting the good fight!
Blessings, Mickey

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-30 14:54:36 -0600 Report

Thanks Mickey, it's great to have people like you and all of our friends on this website as support. It's so nice to talk #'s and actually know and be able to relate. Thank you for all your support. Good Luck on your appt. on 12/07.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-01 06:00:03 -0600 Report

Oops I think I repeated myself. You know after all this we had a rep come to our work from our insurance company. I have insurance with my husband, but met with him anyway to look at other options as supplement. I needed my armor today as he told me basically that I did not qualify for any of the health insurances and life insurance he said they could offer me 19,000. High risk is what he called me! Three months ago I was healthy now I consider myself a healthy T1 it's hard to hear this guys. Had to vent! Blessings to all!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-01 22:52:13 -0600 Report

I'm sorry about that. I tell ya, I'm too the point that I think all insurance is nothing but a scam. It just burns my biscuits to hear how PWD are talked to and treated like we are second class citizens or something! Will pray for you friend.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-02 05:59:09 -0600 Report

Thank you Mickey, I am okay with this as life continues to bring new challenges with D I will continue to fight every day, "if thou art with me who can be against me". Today is a NEW day expecting snow in the mountains where I live it is such a beautiful sight! Hope and Faith to all!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-02 17:54:06 -0600 Report

You are truly amazing and wonderful! If I have to fight this fight, I'm glad to have you as a fellow warrior! God Bless You!

Caroltoo 2011-12-01 11:56:16 -0600 Report

Oh, Set Apart, I had a similar experience. I was dealing w/husband's insurance agent and, at the end of the discussion, he asked if he could help me with any insurance needs. I, recently diagnosed at that time, laughed and said I didn't think he could.

When explained about D and a subsequent mild heart attack. He said, "Oh, sorry, you're right…good luck." click went the phone. It's a real wake up call. It's hard to get insurance after a diagnosis, but some policies only look at the last 3 years and, after giving yourself some time, you may again qualify. I've recently gotten life, health, and home health care insurance.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-01 13:07:05 -0600 Report

Crazy stuff did find out that as of 2014 health insurances will no longer be able to deny our eligibilty for insurance. It's called DISCRIMINATION!

Young1s 2011-12-01 13:29:35 -0600 Report

That's great news but it's still two years away. It will feel like a lifetime for those without it.

lifedriver 2011-11-28 10:15:28 -0600 Report

Excellent, well written. You are a Warrior for change and we are all in this war together…Through this site I have learned much more than I could have ever learned on my own in such a short period of time…Keep posting …LIVE

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 10:24:29 -0600 Report

Thank you! I just want people out there to know that there is hope. That we fight and we will win.

What do you do when you start feeling down and/or overwhelmed?

watson4042 2011-11-30 07:47:28 -0600 Report

i can tell you what i used to do…candy worked but now …(sigh) lol

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 08:12:33 -0600 Report

AWWW, sorry about that! Sometimes I miss the candy. I was not huge on the chocolate. I used to be, but gave it up for Lent one year, and after that it was like, just once in awhile kind of thing! But of course, now that I have to stay away I want that candybar! Standing in line at the grocery store, and being hungry, are now total torture! But I have not given in! The warrior in me won't allow it!!! LOL
Hope you find a different way, God Bless, Mickey

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-02 06:02:02 -0600 Report

My Dr. Said that a miniature snickers won't hurt you only ONE it's got chocolate on the outside and peanuts and gooey stuff on the inside. I keep a bowl of of sf hard candy around for my cravings.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-28 06:22:12 -0600 Report

Mickey, I believe that the reason there seem to be so many down is that we have many new members who are still in denial, and trying to adjust a diet over the holiday season just adds a lot more pressure and stress on any of us.


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 09:23:13 -0600 Report

I believe this to be true also. Was hoping to get some positive responses of how people are coping to help all of us.
And you are right about the holiday season adding to the mix.
What do you do when you are feeling down? What strategies have you come up with?

For me, my strong faith in our Father God and our Savior Jesus Christ is the biggest help to me. Also, the love of my family. If I am having a bad day, I go and see my baby niece, my goddaughter, and she make me feel so much better. She is so full of energy and goodness that it's hard not to come away feeling good!! :)

Be Blessed, Mickey

eristar 2011-11-28 06:11:21 -0600 Report

Good morning, Mickey - and thank you for your concern on all of our behalf. Oddly, I have been feeling better and better, both physically and emotionally, this past year as my glucose numbers have improved. Granted, I am also on an antidepressant, but I was taking that long before I was diagnosed. My kids have noticed the improvement in my attitude and activity levels, and have commented on it more than once. You are right, we are in this together, and here to support eachother, and agree that we can win!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 09:36:58 -0600 Report

That is wonderful! Good for you! Does not matter how we get their, as long as we do, right!?! I hope you keep up the good work with your #'s and you continue to feel better and have lots of energy for those kids of yours!! LOL

Thanks for sharing.God Bless, Mickey

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