Diabetes sucks who is with me

By marco.sauerman Latest Reply 2015-11-09 12:47:08 -0600
Started 2012-07-16 13:23:20 -0500

Man what i would give to be normal again

66 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-08-12 01:13:37 -0500 Report

I completely agree with Joyce, What is normal? But really regardless of who you are or what condition you have, you are normal for who you are, because you were born into this world special. I may have several conditions and pain daily, but I don't let those conditions define who I am. They are what they are and I deal with them daily, and know there are things that I have to do for each one. I know I may eventually be on insulin, or will have an artificial hip due to my arthritis, but I push forward, knowing that each day is a blessing in itself. I don't like having these things but that doesn't mean I can't make the best of my life just the way it is. And having diabetes can be a blessing because it is a really good reason to do things we might not have done otherwise, like eat healthy or exercise. I find that looking at things with a positive attitude makes my life more enjoyable!! HUGS

Lakeland 2012-07-25 20:06:31 -0500 Report

I don't think diabetes is so bad. my brother in law had cancer & it was a mess, all I have to do, is test, try to eat right, walk & take meds. at least I can test & know where I'm at, His cancer was eating him up & he didn't even know it. Since they found it he had his surgery but it can come back any time & he only gets to check it about every 4 months, I know where my diabetes is any time I want to.

Anonymous 2014-04-25 05:42:30 -0500 Report

You're right. It's not the worst thing that can happen to a person. In fact I think it can help us to keep track of our diet and exercise requirements. But every now and then we have to voice our frustrations about having to constantlly monitor our blood glucose, where we are and what we're doing. .

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-07-23 15:32:02 -0500 Report

Hey marco,

I understand what you are saying here. But I always feel sad when I hear people who are facing a chronic condition referring to themselves as not normal. As a diabetic, you are dealing a lot of challenges. But you are still a normal person, you are still you. You are still the person that you are and I, suspect, loved and appreciated by the people who are fortunate to be in your life.

And you are certainly appreciated here.

I hope your week is off to a good start!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 21:17:36 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary I agree with you. Unemployment sucks, homelessness sucks, not having health insurance sucks, not having friends or family to care about you sucks. Every day you are alive is a good day even if you have a chronic disease. People in good health with no medical or mental health problems struggle everyday to keep their heads above water. Normal is what you make it to be.

The next day is not promised to anyone, as life has no guarantees for anyone. I don't choose to sit back and say being diabetic sucks and I want to be normal. I am normal even if I have diabetes. I try very hard to make the most out of life and have a positive attitude.

There are people living with missing limbs, carrying oxygen bottles, wearing metal knees and hips, who have lost their sight and their hearing. If they have adjusted to all of this, this is now normal for them. I have a cousin who lost his arm in a motorcycle accident. Prior to the accident, he hunted, repaired cars, cooked and drove, and worked everyday. Today he, cooks, drives a car, does minor car repairs and said the only thing he misses from time to time is hunting. As far as he is concerned his life is normal. I think if more people spent time being thankful and grateful to live to see another day no matter what kind of illness the person may have, life would be much more happier.

samiks82 2012-07-19 21:43:53 -0500 Report

Im almost 30 and have had diabetes for 19 yrs and i cut back on carbs and suger also uped my protien.

BrookeLauren 2012-07-19 14:58:44 -0500 Report

You know every time I start feeling that way I automatically stop because I realize how lucky I am. I'm not blind or paralyzed. I don't have cancer and have to go through monthly chemotherapy. So even though diabetes does suck, be grateful that it's manageable and you have control over it. Cause a lot of people don't have control over their illnesses. Much love, Brooke

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-07-20 20:54:24 -0500 Report

Well said, BrookeLauren! Well said. My daughter had breast cancer after her 2nd baby. She had a 2 year old little boy and a 3 month old little girl when it was discovered. She spent a year of chemo, radiation, mastectomy and worry. She lost her hair but never, ever lost her spirit. She is 11 years cancer free now but must see her physicians nearly as much, if not more, than my diabetic husband. A few years ago, they decided that to keep her cancer free they would remove her ovaries.

All my husband has to do to keep his diabetes in check is eat low carb and exercise. While diabetes sucks please keep in mind that it is not like cancer. You have control over diabetes. We eat better and feel better now then we did 15 years ago. Eating controlled carbs keeps his blood sugars under control, has helped him to lose 100 pounds (80 pounds 10 years ago and 20 more this past Fall), eliminate severe neuropathy in his feet, eliminate snoring and sleep apnea. Yes, BrookeLauren - you were spot on!

Kleedu13 2012-07-19 13:56:59 -0500 Report

I am with you! It really does suck! And a lot of people dont know how it effects your whole body!

johnny yuma
johnny yuma 2012-07-19 11:57:18 -0500 Report

Brother there's no such think as normal there is always an abnormality in life but atleast in this battle u have allies that can help and explain the tactics of your life

marco.sauerman 2012-07-18 04:47:05 -0500 Report

Wow i did not think that there would be such a huge reply. I agree with all of you and also lost three family members to cancer,so i feel everybody's pain.I just had that specific day of highs and i had to share and thanks for sharing or listening.I am normally well controlled my weight has been stable for 5years and lost about 35kg and my hb1ac has been in normal range for the last 6 years.Saying all that does not mean that it was easy but exercise does help a lot.Cheers and good control

Mmorningstar 2012-07-17 20:19:26 -0500 Report

I agree. I'd like very much not to have Diabetes, because (insert your own reason here) and that's all I have to say about that. :)

NiceDiabetes 2012-07-17 19:45:34 -0500 Report

It does suck but Ive just watched someone die of cancer, no matter how sucky my life is, there is always someone worse off

"Sue" 2012-07-17 10:36:35 -0500 Report

yah…having any disease that a person can get really does "suck" . I know that we don't have a say about any disease we do get. It just depends on our family -genes . I guess , I'm the unforturen(unluckly -one) in my family that to get any of the health -problems . I thought that I would have learn from my grandmother (my moms mother) , but things have been improved since the '80s . I watch her go throu alot when she had alot of complations with her diabetes . But, now days things have changed alot since then . I have one couisin who has type-1 ,and I have afew uncles that type-2 diabetes . It skiped my mom and now I have it. …But , I'm glad that I'm still alive and I can thank God all of the tails with this disease . I just wish that it wouldn't take everything out of me .

"Sue" 2012-07-17 10:38:06 -0500 Report

There's still alot that I need to learn about this disease. And I need your adivce as well as from pros.

Type1Lou 2012-07-17 10:13:36 -0500 Report

As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one of the more manageable. If we learn what works for us and make the right choices, we can all live a good quality of life. So, while I am not "happy" to have this disease, I am happy for the technology, knowledge, and tools available today to help me manage it and for the support of the people here.

vickyn 2012-07-17 08:14:37 -0500 Report

I blame my fathers side grrrrrrrr I hate diabetes I walk and did not get the thirst or tiredness but I did get a spare tyre at 47 now I got the diabetic blues

BJ WELTY 2012-07-17 16:36:08 -0500 Report

I inherited it form my fathers side also. Its like having a second job taking care of yourself. What was so normal is no more. I have the diabetic blues too!

mehavenomemory 2012-07-17 07:30:22 -0500 Report

Yeah iit sucks, but after what my bride and I have been through the last four years, and what we live with everyday, I can handle the diabetes..

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-17 05:44:34 -0500 Report

Yeah it can suck, but so can a lot of things in life. I am alive and I love life and want to have a long one without complications. I choose to take care of my D, so that it doesn't control me. Welcome to the club!

BJ WELTY 2012-07-17 16:43:00 -0500 Report

Yeah, what you say!!! I used to think like that and some how I got away from that. Reading your post made something click with me. Wow! My D! I like that! Thank you for reminding me why I fight the battle everyday! I am thankful for today.

MoeGig 2012-07-16 21:42:31 -0500 Report

I think it sucks if things have started to "go wrong"…complications specifically that are usually irreversible. After 46 years as a Type 1, I don't think it's all that bad…up to now: but, I don't want to have the last 1/3rd of my life to "suck", so I have always paid very close attention to staying "in control" and "in shape". Fear is a great motivator. After all this time, I really don't mind the 3-4 tests/day, 2-3 insulin shots/day and almost daily trips to the treadmill at the gym. If I start having failing kidneys, eye sight, blood flow to my feet, etc…then it will really "suck". The one thing about this disease, your outcome is almost totally up to you. Any other disease you get, the outcome is in god's hands and you can't usually do much to change it.

BJ WELTY 2012-07-17 16:53:57 -0500 Report

Fear is a great motivator. I have been in denial. For the past 2 years I have been working hard to keep my family together and put my D on the back burner. My family is great and now it time to get my act together. I just found this community today and after reading just a few post i'm feeling the shame of not taking care of my D. That is about to change. I'm not going to tell myself I'll start tomorrow, I'm starting now! I need to get my A1C down, loose 30 pounds and exercise everyday like I used to. My Dr. told me once I was his best patient when it came to taking care of my D. I want that back. I want to thank you all here.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-16 20:52:06 -0500 Report

Yes Diabetes sucks.
I am sorry I can not join those who say at least it is not (insert disease of choice)
I see people dealing with their final days of many different disease every night I work.
IMHO It is not better to have Parkinson's rob you of your life, or Ahlzheimer's, or cancer. or heart problems.
Three weeks ago I held the hand of a hospice patient as his Diabetes tried to beat cancer to claim his life. I think cancer won.Three months ago another hospice resident with Parkinson's and alzheimer's managed to hang on 1 more day to see his son who had not been able to come sooner. His delay in coming was because his wife was undergoing chemo half way around the world. His last night I kept telling him his son would be here tomorrow while I gave him meds to ease pain and swabbing his moouth with water, it had been days since he could eat or drink. Christmas eve moring one of my Alzheimer resiidents died peacefully in her sleep from a sudden heart attack before alzheimer's could continue slowly stealing her brain. Another dear resident, a lung cancer survivor lost her battle after 8 years of renal failure. The Christmas Eve my Dad died, he bled to death when his throat was nicked while they inserted a breathing tube. His death hastend by the blood thinners he was one to prevent further blood clots. They were trying to buy some time in slim hopes of stabilizing his heart.
I also disagree with those who say unlike (fill in the blank with disease of choice) you can control Diabetes. Maybe, if you are lucky what you do works, maybe you are unlucky and no matter wht you do it doesn't work.
Some cancers are curable, some are not. Some broken hearts can be fixed. Some demetias are reversable.
I would not choose which was better of my two life and death battles To endure the screaming agony of MRSA over the Nueroinvasive form of West Nile Virus that almost made my brain forget how to work my llungs and its own horrible nerve pain is impossible.
Saying it sucks does not mean I will not fight it with all I have. Or life live in a cloud of gloom. Nor will I put on rose colored glasses and pretend it is better than any another disease.

tabby9146 2012-12-10 09:25:26 -0600 Report

you are so right, I watched my dad die of cancer 25 yrs ago, my grandmother from congestive heart failure, my other grandmother from cancer, and my mother in law is 65 and for the last few years has early dementia. her father, hubby's grandfather, we watched him slowly die over years with alzheimer's which I hope mother in law does not have. It hurts me to watch anyone with any kind of serious illness at all. I have two friends who are battlng cancer now.

Kleedu13 2012-07-19 14:06:30 -0500 Report

That was very nice what you wrote. No matter what thing we have wrong w us it is never pleasant. I feel that more than dealing w the different illnesses I have, dealing w people judging me is worse. I am 35 years old. I have 3 children and 3 step children. So many people judge me for what I can and cannot do for my husband and children. They just dont get the fact that just because you can't tell from the outside what is going on inside doesnt mean it idnt there.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-19 14:21:14 -0500 Report

Celebrating our personal daily victories, ignoring the ignorant judgers of what we should do, and hoping they never learn up close and personal how big a small victory is are the biggest stress reducers I have found. Oh, and sharing in the party when someone else has a victory.

ngtowl117 2012-07-16 21:06:34 -0500 Report

Any disease sucks, but its how you live that matters. While some will take your mind, some your limbs, and some your will to live; we are not guaranteed another day even if we are healthy, so do what you can and be the best you can be

IronOre 2012-07-16 19:12:09 -0500 Report

It may suck, but get over it.
At least you have arms to give your shot in, fingers to pull the plunger back with, sight to see the dosage with, a voice to swear with, and ears to hear yourself with.
Am I with you ? No, not really. Happiness is a relative term.
(I guess what I just wrote applys to T1s, but you get the message if T2)

ston3xc 2012-07-16 19:04:03 -0500 Report

What are you talking about? You are normal, you just have a chronic disease that CAN be controlled, if not cured. Take charge and take up the challenge, don't be a wuss! There's tons of information about how, why, when, and whatever you need to know, just reach out and grab it! Your LIFE is at stake!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-16 17:25:33 -0500 Report

Normal? I guess that would be up for interpretation as I'm sure my family thinks I'm an alien w/wo diabetes. But, yes it would be wonderful to not deal with diabetes and it's compliations.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-07-16 16:02:41 -0500 Report

Even if I didn't have diabetes, I still wouldn't be normal. That is just too boring. In any case i feel blessed. I do not have MS, MD, Lou Gerics (?)disease. I am not blind, still have my hearing and can still walk. As far as I know i am cancer free. As far as I know, I do not have alzheimers and if I do, I can't remember! Oh and I don't have HIV or lupus. I am so dang blessed I can hardly stand it. Yes, diabetes sucks, but there are other conditions that to me are far worse and at least I have some control over my diabetes. I suspect as time goes on I will acquire some more aliments. I hope I always know that I am blessed.

jayabee52 2012-07-16 17:32:57 -0500 Report

hear hear, well said Jim.

Jem, my 2nd wife had Lupis and it really sucked because there was nothing she could do to avoid flares. She also had diabetes and was allergic to the newer meds used to try to manage her Lupis. The only med which would touch her pain was either a cortisone shot or prednisone. BOTH of those meds would raise her Blood Glucose (BG) into the 300s, and soon as she was weaned off those meds we had to work on normalization of her BGs for weeks after.

Jevelina 2012-07-16 14:32:33 -0500 Report

It sucks for sure and gets expensive fast!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-07-16 16:05:33 -0500 Report

Yes it does. I hope I can always afford to provide myself with the care and meds i need. I have made one cost cutting measure and re-use my insulin needles each about 8-10 times. I worked with my doctor and he increased my Metformin and I was able to decrease my insulin.

Type1Lou 2012-07-17 10:18:19 -0500 Report

When I was on MDI, Jim, I would re-use my Novolog syringes…sometimes for a week (at 3 shots/day) and had no adverse effects even though my doctors frowned on the practice.