Do you SUFFER from diabetes?

By IronOre Latest Reply 2012-08-26 17:26:22 -0500
Started 2012-08-21 21:43:11 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 14, 37 years ago.
It's a hassle for me, a huge pain in my butt, and many other descriptive words that I can't think of right now. And of course I would rather not have it . . .
But do I suffer from diabetes? No, I don't think so; it's just gotten to be a way of life for me.
There was probably a time in my life that I did suffer from it, but it has long disappeared, and I am very thankful for that. I guess it all depends on how one interprets the word "suffer".
Yes, I know there are diabetics who do suffer from it, and I don't want to down-play that - But I guess the next time I am asked "How long have you suffered from diabetes?" my reply will be "I don't".

4 replies

roshy 2012-08-26 17:26:22 -0500 Report

i love your response. It all comes down to personal perspective. You can choose to live with it or choose to fight against it or ignore it. But This idea of 'suffering' for me is just a step too far! i live a better life then a lot of people and have a lot to be thankful for. I have to be honest and say this condition has helped shaped me into the person i am today, empathic, caring, responsable and fun loving. Any time i ever suffered from diabetes it was because i let things get on top of me. I have t1 8 years now and every year i celebrate my one year diagnosis day(well im irish so any excuse for a piss up) !! But good point! i suppose for others looking in it does seem like a struggle but for us its a way of life! and things could be worse!!

Lizardfan 2012-08-23 10:40:32 -0500 Report

I don't suffer from it at all. After the initial learning curve, and we all had that at some point, it just is a part of me now. The worst part of diabetes for me is low blood sugars and dealing with them. I am on a different medication since February and even those are so much better now. I have not had any long term complications and never been hospitalized for my diabetes. I am so fortunate!

marc55 2012-08-22 14:49:28 -0500 Report

I try to look at all things that have happened with me in my lifetime have been a blessing and a learning experience. I was diagnosed type 1 in 1957 and have had to feel with diabetes 24/7 for a long, long time but I am still here:o)

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