A year gone by, THANKS DC!

Set apart
By Set apart Latest Reply 2012-08-19 07:12:05 -0500
Started 2012-08-16 06:06:37 -0500

What was wrong with me I had always been high energy and couldn't seem to get enough sleep, had I pushed myself too far this time? Full time student and working, always trying to be perfect! Would sleep for five minutes even as I would be getting ready for work, and the thirst I drank water and ate the ice like a starving human being! I blamed my change in vision on my age! All of this led me to the emergency room, with a BG rdg over 500, what was normal I wondered? I was alone, everyone wanted to be there I thought I'd be in and out! No dice slept all day as they pumped insulin into my body, at the end all I had was the words of the Dr., "diabetes here are your prescriptions!". A meter, insulin, needles, etc… What was I supposed to do with all of this? Within 2 weeks I went from a NORMAL person to a woman with T1 at 48 yrs. I'll never forget that day!

My life now is different although I've always been proactive towards living a healthy life I am healthier than I've ever been! I had to learn, that I would have to take charge of this new intruder who was here to stay! I got my hands on all the information that I could and then I found it DC. I wasn't the only one going through this, there were so many others and some of these individuals had lived their life with D! Who better to learn from than those who had lived with this for so many years! Through DC I have learned to live with my new friend, no longer an intruder, but something that is part of ME! Although there are many days that are not perfect, and very day I learn something new I have now accepted this! DC continues to give me hope on the days when there is none, I learn every day here, and hopefully I can give some hope to others!

To those individuals that are new, welcome to DC! This is a wonderful site apart from the real world! People here are real and caring! Good luck on your journey towards better health!

Thank you to everyone for your support, no longer SET APART!

22 replies

jigsaw 2012-08-18 16:20:25 -0500 Report

Very impressive discussion! A definite chunk of postiveness added to my life as well as others, I'm sure. Your words are music to my ears!

J Kate
J Kate 2012-08-17 09:56:27 -0500 Report

Great post! It's nice to hear about your success and your great attitude. Thank you for being and inspiration and reminding us that good things are possible.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-17 11:01:45 -0500 Report

Thank you, love your picture! I just wanted to share my story - hopefully to give others the same hope which DC has given me!

byrun 2012-08-16 17:06:12 -0500 Report

Congratulations my friend!!!!! A journey well begun.

MAYS 2012-08-16 16:12:54 -0500 Report

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on your ongoing process of managing your diabetes!

You have been one of the most loved, respectful individuals in this wonderful family, and your contributions to this site are greatly appreciated by everyone.
I agree that "DC" is such a wonderful place to learn about diabetes,friendships, life and togetherness.

I am glad that you are a member of this very wonderful family, and your screen name does not do you any justice, nor does it signify in any way who you are, you will never be set apart from life, or from others because you were diagnosed with diabetes, especially not here on "DC" you will always be at the forefront as an inspiration to others because you have "weathered the storm" that can accompany a diagnosis of diabetes, and you did so bravely with a great deal of class, poise and charisma!

I am honored to call you my friend, as well as my diabetic family member, you have made our journey just as comforting during this past year as we have (hopefully) made yours!

May all the precious moments
That set this day apart,
Stay with you long after
As keepsakes of the heart…
And often through the future
May you relive in thought,
The very many pleasures
This happy day has brought

Happy Anniversary and many blessings to you!


Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-16 19:58:01 -0500 Report

Mays, words cannot even begin to express my thanks to you for such kind thoughts! They mean a lot to me as I go forth into the future. I will print this discussion to place with my GO TO basket of inspirational words from those close to me! I am glad that I've been able to touch others through my own journey! DC and people like you keep me going! Initially you're right I was timid and thought I could never offer anything to others about D, but along the way I realized that although I may not have the answers they needed, a word of hope could be exactly what they needed!

I am a believer that nothing happens without a reason, and that goes for my diagnosis! The reason may have been that DC was waiting for me! Other things have happened, I appreciate life so much more, I try not to get angry, my father and I have reunited since he is a TII, I also tell others all the time how much they mean to me! I have said it before and I'll say it again, "Yesterday is all but a memory, tomorrow is not a promise, but TODAY is the day when we can live our lives to the fullest" even with D! I am also honored to have younas a friend, although you never told me you were a poet! This was especially comforting! HUGS!

MAYS 2012-08-16 20:15:12 -0500 Report

You are truly a blessing to the lives of others as well as this site.
Your fears are now behind you, and brighter days are ahead of you!
Whatever the reason for your diagnosis of diabetes, you have passed it with flying colors!
Now that you can look back on things since your diagnosis, it wasn't as bad as you thought that it would be, now was it?!

Take care of yourself and continue doing that which you know is working for you, that is being yourself, strong, focused, determined and most of all, kind!


Nick1962 2012-08-16 15:47:31 -0500 Report

So does this mean you're going to retire/change your screen name? I remember when you joined, it was almost as if you were a timid little mouse off in the corner not wanting to be noticed. How far you've come in so many ways! Congrats on the progress and I'm glad you're part of the group!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-16 20:03:34 -0500 Report

Nick thanks and as for your commitment to always answering my emails and direct questions THANK YOU! I always pay close attention to your responses since they have taught me so much! You always bring your hands on experience to the table, what a great way to learn!

I may retire my screen name, it seems like forever since I chose that name! I really did feel like suddenly someone had picked me up and set me apart from the rest of the group when diagnosed, now I have found my second family here on DC!

jayabee52 2012-08-16 08:19:07 -0500 Report

Sorry you have T 1, Set Apart, but glad you are doing so well now.


Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-16 20:06:00 -0500 Report

Hi James, don't be sorry life has taught me a lot of things and I know that my diagnosis is my own now! At the end of all of this hopefully the choices I make today will give me a better tomorrow! You are and have been a great teacher to me through all of this thank you!