What have you learned on your journey with Diabetes?

By SCLWKR Latest Reply 2012-11-02 18:49:32 -0500
Started 2011-12-06 12:44:53 -0600

I would like to ask my DC Pals to share what you have learned on your journey with diabetes.

I am learning that diabetes will not go away simply because I am tired of thinking about it. I have learned that I must address my diabetes as part of my whole health and take responsibility for my own health, well being and vitality. I have made the realization that nothing tastes so good that I am willing to jeopardize my health and life. I have not surrendered to daibetes, I have joined forces with what I know about the disease and by partnering with it, I am stronger, healthier and optimistic about the future and my control over my own life.

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Anonymous 2012-11-02 18:49:32 -0500 Report

I have learned it is an everyday struggle. I have learned that it came be overwhelming at times to get from one day to the next. I have learned that sometimes no matter what I eat, my body does not respond well. I have learned that I need to continue to work with the disease no matter what.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 20:27:46 -0600 Report

Well, besides the obvious, learning how to eat, and the do's and don'ts, I have learned that I am a warrior. That even though I have to keep tweaking what I am doing, I can still maintain and do good. Even thru Thanksgiving and all the goodies, I was able to lose weight and maintain my numbers!

I have also learned that a website full of wonderful people can help you in so many ways. I was never one to really surf the net. I mostly played games on the computer. But since I have taken the reins of D, I have learned how helpful it is to have such a support system like we have here. Being able to get knowledge and advice, give and receive support and just plain vent here is a God send.

I learned that eating well and doing the right things are really not that hard when you put your mind to it. And I learned I was a warrior!
Peace, Mickey

jayabee52 2011-12-06 20:58:05 -0600 Report

I've had to stop and think for a while on that one, Sherrie.

One of the things I learned recently is that I can manage my diabetes well by what my pancreas puts out in insulin, even when I didn't think I could at first.

It took determination and a serious revamping of my eating plan, but I could do it.

I had followed what the Drs told me I should do, take a pill or inject a medication to manage my condition. But because of my unwillingness to control my eating better, my BG control was not the best it could have been.

But things are way better for me now in the control department.

Young1s 2011-12-06 16:42:55 -0600 Report

I'm learning that no matter what stage you are in, the is something new to learn about diabetes and how to manage it, on a regular basis. I am also learning that no matter what stage or what type, we all have to maintain a few basic needs in order to maintain and fight diabetes: Test as often as you need to, eat a low carb/well balanced diet, exercise, keep any and all doctors appointments, log everything, ask questions, and research, research, research.

SCLWKR 2011-12-06 16:46:04 -0600 Report

Wow! So much great insight! I agree with you that it is necessary to identify what we each need to do and keep doing to address diabetes. I appreciate you!! Sherrie

berrykins0 2011-12-06 16:17:21 -0600 Report

i learned how the pancreas works what it for.how important it is to eat healthy and exersise and why we need to do these things.i'm not a person that has ever been indenial of my diabetes. i figure that in life our bodies never will stay the same as we get older our bodies will change and this is one change my body has done.thats my way exepting diabetes.i'm type 2 diabetic have for 2yrs 8months.just like thyriod doesn't work the same as it used to either.

SCLWKR 2011-12-06 16:33:50 -0600 Report

Tina~ What a wonderful outlook. Acceptance is so important in the long term management of diabetes. ANd, yes, as we change all the time, so does out diabetes! Keep opn Keeping on! Sherrie

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valentine lady 2011-12-06 13:55:15 -0600 Report

Sherrie: I wish I could put into words as beautifully as you did about what I have
learned thus far in my Diabetic Walk, but I can't. That was awesome!!! What I have learned thus far is I can't do it all alone. I used to keep it some kind of secret, ashamed of what someone might think of me and "The Disease". It runs in my family, no one should have been shocked, but some of the looks I got from family members, espically, were almost to much for me to handle. So I became
the diabetic without diabetes. That's right I became oblivious to the whole situation. I no longer spoke about my diabetes, I no longer ate like one, I just decided I wasn't one. I was in complete denial…

Then the realization came home one day when my BG was 478 and my A1C was
13.5. I was diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy in my left foot and leg. I went to the Dr. due to the symtoms of the nueropathy. Suddenly those fears turned to real fears. I was scared to death and more afraid of the insulin I had been put on. I knew I needed more than my Dr. could give me and I needed people in my life. I went on line and found DC. Thus started my real journey. I was already a Briddle Diabetic and needed help. The wonderful people here guided me and still do, everyday.

What I have learned is this is something we can't do alone. I needed people who share the same experieces as me and the same highs and lows as me. I learned to heck with those people with the looks, I really don't care anymore. Frankly, when I'm given "THE LOOK" I have started giving a funny face back at them. It shuts them up and breaks the ice. I've learned there's nothing more precious than this life the Lord has given me. I must take as good care of it as possible. So you see, so far I've learned somethings. But, I have a long way to go. Maybe someday my walk will sound as great as yours. Valentine Lady

SCLWKR 2011-12-06 15:45:56 -0600 Report

Thank you for your kind words and for your generosity in sharing your experiences and your journey. I understand your remarks about the reactions of individuals upon hearing of your diagnosis of diabetes. I have made the detemination that I have the option to share my condition with whom I choose and how much or how little information I feel is appropriate. This is not because I feel ashamed of my condition or because I am trying to hide information. It is simply maintaining healthy emotional boundaries with regard to my personal health status. I have rehearsed responses to questions when I do not wish to go into great detail about my diabetes if someone askes about my food choices or eating habits. And on the other hand I am able to speak intellegently and genuinely about my condition with those whom I choose to bring into my circle of trusted supporters. I feel I am a "work in progress"
and as such, I allow myself the gifts of self forgiveness, of allowing myself to be human, and as such, imperfect, and of the ability to experience personal and spiritual growth. And as always, I just "Keep on Keeping on!" Sherrie