Goodbye 2011...Hello 2012!!!

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-01-11 16:00:34 -0600
Started 2011-12-27 15:11:38 -0600

Hello my fellow DCers!

As this year comes to an end, it begs the question: What was your best or most memorable moments of 2011? It doesnt have to be diabetic-specific but thats always a good thing if it is!!

I achieved a personal-best A1c reading of 5.3 this year! WOOHOO! I also learned a bunch more about D from the new members who came aboard this year and shared their struggles and triumphs with us! You know who you are and we thank you!!

What are your goals for 2012?

Mine is to keep on showing D whos boss AND to continue to grow my home business!

I cant say Im too sad to see 2011 fall away, it was a very tough year, but hope springs eternal for 2012!!!

154 replies

robertoj 2012-01-02 22:40:06 -0600 Report

May was an enormous turning point for me. My friend and neighbor passed away (one of many losses that occurred since the previous Thanksgiving) and I ran into a friend from a support group on his way to a meeting so I went with him. I had been active before but stopped for a couple of years. I started to attend meetings regularly. I also adopted a positive attitude. I got into service and also became active on this site. I've grown a lot since. 2012 is the first time I remember looking forward to a new year instead of getting away from the previous year. 5.3% rocks!

dietcherry 2012-01-04 20:47:04 -0600 Report

Roberto Im sorry to hear you lost your friend and the other losses you experienced. Stay strong my friend and Im proud of you for getting involved in helping others overcome their addictions. YOU rock Roberto and I hope 2012 will be your best year ever!!!!

MrsCDogg 2012-01-02 15:32:19 -0600 Report

The worst moment for my husband and I was when our landlord evicted us! Then as we were moving and cleaning out the old place the landlord said he hoped we were staying. But, that led to my loving dad helping us to be able to buy our own place. So, we are looking for a place even as we speak. So the next time we move will, hopefully, be our last! We have both dreamed about the time when we would be able to buy our own house and now that time is here. To use a line from The Prophet…How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream.

Never stop dreaming my frineds. Dreams to come true!

dietcherry 2012-01-02 21:29:49 -0600 Report

Aww congratulations to you and your husband!!!! What a great Dad you must have! I hope that 2012 will hold all good things for you and yours and that your new house will become a home in no time!!!

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 12:02:22 -0600 Report

My worst moment actually led to my best moment: The worst moment was the day my vision doubled as a result of wildly uncontrolled blood glucose. I had been non compliant with my diabetes for about 1 year and I knew during that time (although I was not testing) that I should get back on track and get to the doctor. The onset of this complication FORCED me to address my diabetes. As a result, my vision corrected in only 2 1/2 weeks, I have gained control of my numbers, increased my level of exercise, improved my nutrition and gained a new zest for life and a sense that I CAN control my diabetes and therefore, control the quality of my life. I have no other health concerns in that my blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney and liver functioning and thyroid are all within normal ranges. I actually view the flair up of my diabetes as a great gift that got me back on track before other body systems suffered irreversible complications.
Wishing all of my DC Pals a happy, prosperous and above all, healthy New Year!
{{Hugs and Health}} Sherrie

REWART2008 2012-01-02 09:21:15 -0600 Report

As most years my highlight was deer hunting, had a great time and season. My goals for 2012 are to get back into shape. I have set up a room in the houst with weights, and a treadmill. I now have to get motivated and do it, also want to do well in college as I have went back and am starting my third year.

dietcherry 2012-01-02 21:20:34 -0600 Report

Wish you much success in acheiving your fitness goals this year and may the deer learn to run faster! Sorry couldnt resist ;)

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 12:03:44 -0600 Report

Your best momenst were the worst moments for the deers. Think about it…
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

MetalCohen 2012-01-11 08:24:49 -0600 Report

I am in a snit, got involved with a dating site that I thought was a one month membership & has been charging me ever since! I will stick with these support groups, I used to vent my illness by shopping in 2nd hand stores. I have decided to go to school (online) maybe there is a good thing for this computer afterall !

cavie2 2012-01-11 08:44:28 -0600 Report

Lots of sites on the internet have a small box at the bottom of the page amongst the smallest of text, it has a tick in it to sign up to a monthly payment. To opt out you have to search for it and click on the tick to remove it from the box. Unfortunately they don't tell you this and that is how people are conned into paying for things they do not want and they only give you around 24 or 48 hours to opt out. But if you didn't know you opted IN how can you opt out of something you never knew about in the fist place?

GabbyPA 2012-01-02 08:50:01 -0600 Report

My highlight was our camping trip out to New Mexico. Just me, the hubby and the dog. We feared our old 97 van would not make it but it came through with flying colors.

Ok, I will share a diabetic one too. I was able to get my A1c Back down to 6.7. A 6.4 is my lowest so far, so I am working on that this year.

tcharris 2012-01-02 13:30:29 -0600 Report

sorry I don't have a profile pic. yet,just joined the group this morning,wow your a1c is 6.7? that's great,my last one was7.8 but it was at 14.3 before I started taking steps to get it under control

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-02 08:23:09 -0600 Report

2011 was a great year for me. For the first time since January of 2004 I was not hospitalized at least once. I can't believe I made it thru the year. I'm praying the streak continues thru 2012 and beyond.
2011 was also good for me number wise. My average A1c was 6.2% with none over 6.5% (another streak I want to continue).
A Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone.

dietcherry 2012-01-02 21:18:15 -0600 Report

Uncle Lew you enjoyed lots of good things in 2011 and I wish you more of the same, and then some, in 2012!!!!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-01-01 16:23:56 -0600 Report

Dear Cherry: My most memorable moments of 2011 are few and they do have to do with Diabetes. 2011 I came out of denial and became a solid diabetic woman ready to show D who's boss and off I went. I also found Diabetic Connect in 2011. I've made such wonderful friends and you know who you are and so look forward to making more this new year. My goals for 2012 are simple to loose my weight and get healthier. To continue to eat right, count my carbs and calories and stay in constant contact with DC and 3 of her sisters I belong too. Happy New Year to one and all. May all of you find Love, Hope, Support, Strength, and Peace in 2012.
Valentine Lady

margokittycat 2011-12-30 21:18:49 -0600 Report

I have had so many struggles this yeat I don't know where to begin. Getting bit and going through 6 months of uncontrolable BS and then starting to gethem back on track and my son got kidnapped by his father and that sent everything to crazy again and that is still going on trying to get him back.

My resolution is to get my son back and get my D back on track so I can find myself again and have a happy normal life again. Things have been so upside down with my son be kidnapped it feels like I am alone most of the time even thought my husband and daughter are here and we see our other three children and two of them are married and thier spouses and our grandson all the time I always feel alone. I want that feeling gone. I pray everyday and every night and hopefully it will all be answered in a few short days. HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL MY DC FRIENDS.

dietcherry 2011-12-30 22:21:37 -0600 Report

Margo youre never alone. I can just about guarantee that at any given time one of your DC family members is thinking about and praying for you! Im so grateful to hear that your son will be home with his Mommy soon! I know that 2012 will be a new beginning for you so hang in there sweets and remember:

Doubt looks down
Worry looks around
Sorry looks back
Faith looks up

Lots of Love to you and yours in the New Year!!!!!!

tabby9146 2011-12-30 18:53:47 -0600 Report

Well my worst was two deaths in the family right before Christmas, my husband's grandfather, whom I was also very close to, for 27 years now..and my favorite uncle, the one I was closest to right after. I had grown up seeing him nearly everyday, they lived next door, I still saw him most days well into my 30s. so it was hard. one of the most memorable will be the major dizzy spells I had this morning at the grocery store , which for me are not anywhere near a regular occurence, so that is quite a way to end 2011…lol…my at home business has done much better this year, I've had it for 4 years. I can't think of anything out of the ordinary that was really great but many many more good times than bad for sure. My goal with D, is the same as yours, I hope to achieve an A1C of less than 5.4 which has been my best so far. I plan to do more varied exercises, which I have already started, after purchasing the Wii Fit Plus for myself and my family at Christmas. Already, I am doing yoga, strength training and aerobics daily.

dietcherry 2011-12-30 22:43:21 -0600 Report

Tabby Im saddened to hear of the deaths of your 2 family members. I wish you ecstatic happiness in 2012 and that you will exceed my A1c number!! Happy New Year!!!

2011-12-30 16:46:54 -0600 Report

Well this isn't diabetic related, but yes, I am now CANCER FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more chemo, no more radiation. I AM FREE!!!!!!! And that my fellow D/Cers is the way I like it!!!!!!!!

2011-12-31 12:08:38 -0600 Report

Sorry folks, did not mean 2 repeat myself. I probably clicked the reply thing twice. My bad. So sorry!!

dietcherry 2011-12-30 22:32:35 -0600 Report

Wow Annalease thats wonderful! I agree with Patricia—what a way to close out 2011 and show 2012 youre not one to mess with! Congratulations and I wish you a healthy and happy New Year!!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-30 17:16:48 -0600 Report

Wonderful news, Annalease!!! Truly a reason to celebrate!!!!

2011-12-31 12:12:05 -0600 Report

Thanx all you DCers. It feels GREAT!!!! @ bad I can't go & toast 2012 in. But since becoming a diabetic, that's the only spirit I don't partake in. AW MAN!! What a time to give up the drink.

trmckinnon 2011-12-29 21:05:55 -0600 Report

The most memorable time for me in 2011 is when I finally decided to change my diet and eat healthier. I had been a diabetic for so long and misled and uninformed that I had everything wrong. With more research and changing bad habits I am now living better, feeling better, and loving who I am. Ready for a brand new me in 2012. I am also, trying to get skinner. Wish me luck everybody.

dietcherry 2011-12-30 10:54:46 -0600 Report

I wish you all the luck in the world in achieving your goals in the new year! Stick with us and we will help you! ;) Heres to success in all your endeavors!

pandalays 2011-12-29 21:02:20 -0600 Report

Hi My most memorable day is May 6th of 2011.we gave a dance performance on the stage of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi The Hugging saint as she is known.Omg the practice we went through! And good ,laughing time we had (the dancers 8 of us all above fifty and four diabetics)!!!.I was on stage after 34 long years.Classical bharathanatyam style.My Hb A1C was 6 then.Above all AMMA told my husband she liked the performance and he should see that i continue this. Great.Lets hope we continue to have a great year ahead.Happy new Year to All.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-01-03 11:15:56 -0600 Report

pandalays that is so wonderful, to be diabetic & above 50 and to be able to perform on stage!!! I play the guitar and sing and I turned 51 this past year but I still love to perform. - Bless you

meowbat 2011-12-29 19:11:29 -0600 Report

Hi Lady!! I"M BACK!! You definitely rock!!!! My most memorable moment came two days ago when I finally had to realize how much "D" effected me when I was first diagnosed and how much my husband loves me. We decided that it was clean out 2011 to welcome 2012 Tuesday. I started with tackling the paperwork box, the 100+lbs blue plastic behemoth that my hubby hates with a purple passion. As I unloaded to do what I thought would be a routine sort and pack, I began to notice all the nutzoid crap I had stuffed in the thing for no sane reason. Who keeps ripped open empty envelopes? Why? Why did I keep 4yr old stuff from a state we no longer lived in and jobs we no longer had at companies that were no longer in business? The only school papers I need are my lone papers, not "everything" from all 3 YEARS. My dear mate has been dragging this thing around, not saying a word that could possibly hurt my feelings because of the "D". When I started throwing the leftover junk out he was outwardly, physically relieved. When I asked him why he never said anything? He rubbed my back and said," Honey, you were already so sick and depressed and going through so much. I didn't see any reason to fight over stupid paper. I knew you would catch it sooner or later." I am a very lucky woman. My goal is to start using my newly reclaimed brain to make dealing with me and "D" easier for my hubby and myself. And the FIGHT GOES ON!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! KAT THE MEOWBAT!

Caroltoo 2011-12-30 19:08:13 -0600 Report

Wonderful realization, Kat. I had a similar epiphany when I started cleaning the garage so I could have a garage sale. Not a bad idea in and of itself, but it became cleaning the garage of years worth of accumulated c..p that I had just chosen not to engage with. Yet another similarity as our list gets longer.

dietcherry 2011-12-30 11:02:04 -0600 Report

You are blessed with a truly wonderful husband—we should all be so lucky! I wish you both much joy and happiness and a lighter paperwork box in 2012! ;) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

Young1s 2011-12-29 20:28:32 -0600 Report

That is really special Meowbat. Thank God for loving and patient husbands that put up with our insanity.

nzingha 2011-12-29 17:00:38 -0600 Report

this has been the worst year of my 50plus years on this earth for me . In May my car engine caught fire going over the mountains.. totally destroyed my engine and its costs me couple thousands of dollars to replace and could i get the parts here . The following month while still without car to get to work, I took sick.. just didnt feel well and when I went to doc everything was outta whack and then it was downhill for my health ..diabetes outta control, HBP outta control, menopause seemed to be here and I am just about getting better .. still have to be working despite not feeling well. suffering from weakness in my legs , numbness in my left hand, feel like I'm floating when I eat, head feels light most times… one of my aunts died..and who knows I might have a great shock with changes coming after tonite in terms of job situation.. so thats 2011 for me! cant wait to see the back of it.. If I'm still around, I'll be rining this shitty year out like i've never done before!

nzingha 2011-12-29 17:09:52 -0600 Report

oh and how i not say this.. my body has not welcomed the introduction of insulin and I did an ecko yesterday and the HBP has started to wreak havoc there too.. not that I needed them to tell me as its a natural progression!so to hell with 2011!

nzingha 2011-12-30 00:12:21 -0600 Report

oh and just confirmed based on developments here.. no job as of tomorrow..2011..oh i cant write it here what i really want to say! fell asleep and just got up to take my long term shot!! so sharing this last piece of news with u all… gone back to my use losing sleep over this… doesnt change a ting!

Caroltoo 2011-12-30 01:37:47 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry you find yourself without employment. This was my Dec 30th of last year. It is NOT a good situation, but I'm glad you had a little warning because you thought it might happen. It's still scary. Carol

nzingha 2011-12-30 05:25:17 -0600 Report

thnks caroltoo…just have to take it one day at a only concern is my health challenge as i dont have the energy to go back into private business not when my focus was on retirement.. i have assets selling so i can reinvest so i'll continue on that path…

nzingha 2011-12-30 05:25:28 -0600 Report

thnks caroltoo…just have to take it one day at a only concern is my health challenge as i dont have the energy to go back into private business not when my focus was on retirement.. i have assets selling so i can reinvest so i'll continue on that path…

nzingha 2011-12-30 05:26:01 -0600 Report

thnks caroltoo…just have to take it one day at a only concern is my health challenge as i dont have the energy to go back into private business not when my focus was on retirement.. i have assets selling so i can reinvest so i'll continue on that path…

Caroltoo 2011-12-30 07:14:49 -0600 Report

Glad you have some resources to deal with this. It does stave off the feeling of complete panic that can accompany the event.

meowbat 2011-12-29 18:30:41 -0600 Report

I think someone just might get the idea that 2011 was decidedly rough on you. Have no fear the new improved and upcoming year is almost here!!! Now as far as new years go, I think this new one has had about all the bad publicity any year could possibly stand! Dooms Day predictions out the butt, ongoing and impending global change, the axis are restless, WE're runniing 0 for zip with presidential try outs, oh,and let us not forget the world economy is tanked. Since we all couldn't stand it getting any worse—— it can only be wheels up for a much better day!!!! Think POSITIVE!!! It's the only way!!!! PEACE

dietcherry 2011-12-29 18:15:54 -0600 Report

Oh dear heart Im so sorry to hear of all the troubles this year gave you! I will join in saying to hell with 2011; it wasnt my best year either although there were some high points here and there!

Lets raise a toast to making 2012 THE BEST YEAR EVER!!!

nzingha 2011-12-30 05:27:57 -0600 Report

thnks dietcherry…to hell with 2011 and here's to 2012…and who knows..things might just be better!

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-29 06:32:15 -0600 Report

Well 2011 wasn't such a bad year earned my Master's Degree, my daughter finally sought help after 5 years on Meth and successfully completed a Drug Rehab Program, and I was diagnosed with T1D. Although the Endo from Mayo Clinic called yesterday with results indicating my antibodies are very high and that with this I should expect to have a need for an increase in insulin in the upcoming months. I have already seen some changes. I also look at 2011 as time when I went from A1c 8.7 at the time of diagnosis to 6.6 in 3 months. My goal for 2012 is to dedicate my self to me and learning how to manage thus with diet, exercise, and supplements. I want to lean on God and learn to turn everything to him so that stress is also not a factor hurting me. I want to live and as you said I will be the BOSS in this situation. I will not be defeated, I will live and love life once again! Happy New Year to all my D - Friends!

meowbat 2011-12-29 18:35:17 -0600 Report

And a HAPPYHAPPY to YOU TOO!!!! You have an excellent handle on what you need to do!!! Have faith you will find your solid ground soon.

dietcherry 2011-12-29 18:31:39 -0600 Report

And Happy New Year to you too! Congrats on the earning your Masters-QUITE an accomplishment!
I pray that God will keep your daughter clean and healthy for a lifetime. That is something major she has overcome and we are all very proud of her!

For you, may 2012 bring peace, joy, and knowledge on your new journey. I thank God for bringing you to us—we will all move forward together and show D who is BOSS!!!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-02 21:23:11 -0600 Report

Thank you, as we all go into 2012 it seems hard to find the positive at times with so much pain around us. Every day as I face the big D I wonder how the day will turn out will I be ok today or will I experience lows or highs. Some days I just feel tired and don't want to do this then I realize that I can't take a break from this it's like a diet that can't cheat on without paying a price. I am rambling I think that we all need to keep our heads up as we face new challenges in 2012. I am trying to do this myself. Best of luck to all!

squog master
squog master 2011-12-29 00:30:55 -0600 Report

My memorable momments are not my own accomplishments but the accomplishment of "My kids".

In my town our 8, 9, & 10 year old baseball teams all won their Division Tournaments & made it to the States level. Our 8yr olds won States & made it to the Regional level. There they went all the way to the quarter finals. They missed advancing to the semis when beaten by 1 run by a team from PA.

Many of "My kids" were on those teams. When I say "My kids" that means kids I have previously coached or worked w/ in my Rec Dept & School System jobs before I had to go out on Disability in '09. I've coached, & worked w/ the kids of my town for over 35yrs.

2011 also brought me a new Grandniece! Because of my health I haven't seen her yet but I will when they come for my "Christnas Brunch" which will actually take place on the Satuday of MLK weekend. Seems like this is becoming a tradition. LOL :D

Also 1 of "My kids" was called up to the Buffalo Sabres (pro ice hockey team). He scored a goal in his 1st NHL game. That's even better cause he plays defense.

Am I looking forward to 2012? Yes & No. I look forward to more accomplishments by "My kids".

But as I enter 2012 I'm also apprehensive. I am facing surgery to close up air pockets left by the wound vacuum after hernia surgery in 2009. Plus it's 2 1/2 yrs later & the original wound still has not closed so he will be taking care of that also.

meowbat 2011-12-29 19:21:09 -0600 Report

Think positive. I am quite sure all your "kids" would greatly appreciate your continued presence on this rock. If the doc found it, knows what the problem is, has a game plan, and is ready to fix it? You are cool!!! and 2012 will be TOO!!!!

squog master
squog master 2011-12-29 20:15:31 -0600 Report

Thanks meowbat. You are right about my kids. They and my grandniece born in 2009 ( the older sis of the 1 born in May) were what helped me make the decision to stay or return during a NDE that preceded the 2009 surgery.

dietcherry 2011-12-29 18:22:14 -0600 Report

Hiya sweets! Congrats on "raising" a bunch of fine kids and may they all go far in life! And to your new grandneice, I wish many many healthy and happy years! We will all throw up a prayer that your next surgery is a success and may 2012 bring you good tidings!!

squog master
squog master 2011-12-29 20:24:43 -0600 Report

One of the neatest things after coaching & working w/ kids for so long is when a kid comes up to you & says, "You had my Mom/Dad!" In the last 10yrs or so I have been getting 2nd generation kids.

roshy 2011-12-28 18:23:05 -0600 Report

dietcherry!! deadly post dude!!!

can i firstly say . . . . hats off to your 5.3, that is simply fan-feckin-tastic!!! im really impressed, how long did it it take for you to get it down to those perfect levels?? Your a total rock star and my hero!! well done !!

2011 soooooooooooooooooo llllllloooooooonnnnnnnnngggg sucker!!! another one bites the dust and another one yet to be had!! im looking forward to the next year!!! BIG TIME!!! i felt like ive acomplished plenty this year and ill let you have a lil insight!!

Firstly, i rounded up my friends and took part in a 6 hour midnight moon walk and raised over a grand for the federation of diabetes Ireland!!! and for someone who is intolorant to exercize just as i am to gluten this was certainly a good achievement!!!

secondly, i earned my degree, i now am a graduate whooop whooop!! ready to take on the world!!!

thirdly, i decided to go back to college to earn my higher degree, (if you would of asked me two years ago would i ever think i would go back the answer would of been heeeelllllll no!)

and my biggest acomplishment of the year and of my lil diabetic life so far is that i am no longer a shooter, im now a pumper and im seriously looking after myself after years of being a lil diabetic devient!! im eating healthier, doing at least 4 bgs a day and attending all my appointments!!! jaysus havent i grown up big time!!! my a1c is at its all time low and im going to keep on thriving until its as good as Ms Dietcherry !!!

so . . . . . 2012 here i come diude!! get ready !!

dietcherry 2011-12-28 21:35:12 -0600 Report

haha Roshy you always crack me up!
I gave up grains this year cuz of gluten and lo and behold I hit 5.3 for the first time EVER!!
Congrats on graduating, returning to school, and getting on Jimmy! Sounds like you already got the world by the short hairs so I will wish you love, luck, health, wealth, joy, happiness, and an A1c number worthy of a rockstar! Something tells me youll achieve it in no time!