Why I really "LOVE" this mixture of people, and personality types here at Diabetic Connect!

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-02-04 01:35:48 -0600
Started 2013-01-18 17:51:33 -0600

Skittles!

As I browse around and read the discussions and comments here, I realize that "DC" is such a colorful site (language wise) and it is simply beautiful!

I really "LOVE" this mixture of people, and personality types here at Diabetic Connect!

Reading the comments to this discussion concerning various foods that others have tried and tasted, and many more discussions:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/17...

Reminds me of how broad this world, it's people and the various cultures are, so many different words (in different languages and regionally based) for many of the same things.

We communicate well, no matter where we are from, we joke, we laugh, we love and we help one another, "Diabetes" has never done so much good in the life of individuals, it has brought together and created such a wonderful community of family and friends…"Skittles", I must say!

We (DC) are sweeter than diabetes will ever be, but not as destructive and I love it.
So whether we are discussing foods, activities, news, cures, medications, treatments or laughing with one another, let's keep it going strong.

Who would have ever thought that something as "bad" as diabetes, would ever do so much "good" in the lives of others?

Skittles!


58 replies

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-26 09:30:09 -0600 Report

Actually, diabetes is more prevalent in African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Genes load the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Sorry about the gun analogy but I couldn't think of another. Sorry, truly. Let's not start that conversation on DC. I'm sick of it on FB!

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-26 10:46:08 -0600 Report

LOL…Use whatever you must use to get the point across, the message is always more important than the messenger!

CJ55
CJ55 2013-01-26 03:21:33 -0600 Report

Mays… What can I say to that. So true my friend, so true. Very well written. This is such a wonderful place with so many amazing and caring people from all walks of life. Since I joined DC 6 months ago, I have been given so much knowledge. It has been truly wonderful. Just a bit of nice info for you.. I was getting my nails done a few weeks ago and a women mentioned having Diabetes. Type 2.. I spoke up & told her I was a T2 as well. She began telling me her story. She is an older women, has never taken care of her diabetes. Never knew how to. I learned that she never tested herself, never sees her Endo and she had no idea what to eat or not eat or how to count carbs. She asked me the whats, wheres & hows.. I told her I was NOT a physician, nor a D Educator but I would help her with what I have learned from being on DC & educating myself. She allowed me to do a BG test.. Her BG read just HI.. We sat for 3 hours talking about diabetes. She lives in SC, I live in NC. We are a1 hour drive apart. Since that day, she has seen her Endo, been given an A1C test (12.6) attending education classes and much more. This has now happened with me & 4 ppl just in the past 4 months. I never would have been open enough to talk to a stranger or give them any advice if not for DC. It is people like you Mays who give people like myself the strength and willpower and positive energy within themselves to reach out and help others. Thank you for all you have done for everyone here on DC. Have a very blessed weekend my friend. Many Hugz to you.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-26 03:42:47 -0600 Report

CJ, Many hugs to you also!
Continue being the kind, sweet persin that you are and don't worry, your blood glucose level won't rise as your sweetness level increases!

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2013-01-25 17:16:49 -0600 Report

I am going to buy a bag of Skittles!! Npw whether I eat them or not is a different thing rat there!! I will purchse them with DC in mind!!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-01-25 17:58:31 -0600 Report

actually Skittles may be useful to use in a hypo siituation. I'd have to work out again how many Skittles it would take to make up 15 gm of carbs, but since they are so tempting I don't keep them around too long!

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-26 09:37:26 -0600 Report

I can't keep anything sweet around. I was a sugar Binger. Worked 24/7 as a single Mom… Self medicated on sugar, caffeine and nicotine. Downers to sleep when I got a chance. Teacher and entertainer…rough hours. I did some damage but I turned things around in 2001…how ever that's when I started gaining wgt and feeling bad. Probably felt bad before but couldn't feel it.

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2013-01-25 01:50:26 -0600 Report

Mays, I agree about the Love of DC because today on campus I was in tutoring when my eyes started giving me trouble so I shared with the tutor that I have been diagnosed with Cataracts on both eyes, but he remembered from another class that we had last year when I was sick (BS 800). There sat another person in the small group of three who grandparent is diabetic also.
" No need to be ashamed about having diabetes it's good to reach out beyond the safety zone because, you don't know who can be helped."
Point is, I was able to introduce the tutor to the DC site and he did a quick observation right there and he was so grateful. when he said "now you have taught me something today" because he shared that two family members are poorly controlled Diabetics.
So I let him know that DC is a great community for support as he looked on.

Mays you are right as bad as diabetes can be overall but yet there is always
someone who needs the connection which brings so much good to LIFE!

Skittles! Orange!

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-25 09:51:23 -0600 Report

Orange it is!

I am so glad that you could have been of help to someone (doesn't it feel good?) being able to impart something helpful to someone is always worthwhile, it starts a snowball effect of wonder and self care for the individual, and knowing that someone else cares enough to help you (or them) lets a person know that they are not going this alone in life!

I applaud you for helping others, for imparting your personal wisdom and for promoting "DC" as a tool for support in managing diabetes.
You are truly a kind individual, we are all "teachers" as well as "students" in life.
I am very glad to call you "friend"…my "Orange" friend at that!

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2013-01-25 17:14:22 -0600 Report

Mays! Thank You for your hearty friendly response! Yes it feels great to help someone else when you have no clue that such as need existed and especially when it is an unexpected opportuinty. I see people smiling and cheerful but that doesn't mean that everthing is alright, however, time will come when the right opportunity comes along to help somebody else.

Orange! haha!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-01-24 08:42:56 -0600 Report

MAYS, you said it so well, as always. This is such an incredible place with such an amazing group of people from all walks of life, all here to learn from, and support, each other!

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-25 09:32:51 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary, I agree with you 100%. I am so glad that you, and many others here are a part of this mixture, we benefit from all that this site has to offer, the mixture of people, discussions, comments, videos, articles, recipes and such make this site, as well as the community of family and friends priceless!

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-20 10:55:18 -0600 Report

I totally agree. Not only all that but it's made me wake up and do the right stuff to feel better and be healthy. Yes, it will always be there but I can manage it "with a little help from my friends. " LOL!

granniesophie
granniesophie 2013-01-19 19:48:55 -0600 Report

I gotta be a green Skittle right now, too, cause that's the color of my face! Darn cross contamination anyways!
But as to the subject at hand, I must agree that it certainly is fun and sometimes educational to be able to talk to people from almost everywhere in the world, and see how different and yet how much the same we all are and how nothing much changes from country to country in medical treatments. We are all, indeed, the same people, with a common goal-supporting our friends-those that we made right here :)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-01-19 23:48:06 -0600 Report

cross contamination Sonya? Is there a story behind it?

granniesophie
granniesophie 2013-01-20 06:14:34 -0600 Report

They've finally diagnosed me with Celiacs Disease-and I react to stuff that even touches stuff with gluten in it. I don't have to even eat gluten stuff-it can be on a serving utensil and I get sick! So no matter how careful I am, I get caught sometimes-it's called cross contamination!

granniesophie
granniesophie 2013-01-20 20:22:19 -0600 Report

More often than I'd like-gluten hides everywhere, and even restaurant people are not really all that "up" on how to deal with it! What sucks even worse is when I do it to myself by finding a food I thought was safe, but had an ingredient that I missed or that wasn't listed. That gets me so mad! I don't know how Caroltoo deals with it, but I know I'm sick at least a week out of each month, it seems!

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-20 08:13:06 -0600 Report

Wow!
So you really have to be careful about not only what you eat, but also how it was handled and prepared…Wow!

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-26 09:42:33 -0600 Report

Hmmm. My nutritionist wondered if I dad Celiacs Disease…something really dragging me down…thyroid is borderline but the meds make me feel like I have spiders in my brain for lack of a better explanation . Geez. Louise!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-19 19:32:51 -0600 Report

I’ve always liked that about this place too, but I’ve often wondered why it isn’t even more worldly “diverse”. I’ve noticed that there isn’t a large Asian representation here. At first I thought “have you ever heard of an Asian diabetic?”, but then soon found out that China has a great deal of internet regulation and censorship, so we may not even be seen in China. Japan has also toughened up their restrictions. What about Russia? Are they all diabetes free, or just not able to communicate openly about it?
I might be diabetic, but sure am glad I’m somewhere I can be a “skittle” and discuss it.

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-20 11:01:59 -0600 Report

It does seem to be more prevalent in some ethnic groups. I think my Cherokee blood started it in my grandfathers family…which includes me. As to a wider reach out, I'm on FB with a friend in Sweden and a niece in Italy. My brother and I share an American father. We both have HBP and that's not common in Italy…got it from Dad.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-20 18:39:38 -0600 Report

I've always heard that way back, there was little that the Cherokee had immunity to. Since the early Native Americans never used alcohol, they had no tolerance for it. I would imagine that a change in their diet (the diet we Europeans brought here) would have the same consequences as well.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-20 04:58:04 -0600 Report

Nick, I agree with you 100%!

I would like to see more input on this site based on cultural differences and how others view and deal with diabetes (diabetes is far from being an "American"s Disease") sometimes it's just nice to know that you are not walking alone on this journey in life regardless of where you may reside in this world…the "DC" community makes this possible in a positive way!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-20 18:35:43 -0600 Report

Well, thats true it's not and American's disease, but i do see us Americans as being one of the main reasons it spreads - our western diet. Then again, we did inherit most of that from our European heritage.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-01-19 10:58:35 -0600 Report

I am the green one!! And I love our rainbow too! Thanks Mays.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-19 12:32:14 -0600 Report

Gabby, you can be the green one, or any color that you choose except the red one, can I be the red one, can I please?!
LoL

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-01-19 12:35:13 -0600 Report

in a pack of skittles thers are multiple instances of the same color. So you can be a red one.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-20 12:17:42 -0600 Report

No, not a Redskins fan!
As long as they beat both the Giants and the Cowboys they are alright with me!

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-26 09:24:17 -0600 Report

Hey, I'm not a fan of the cowboys or giants, either . You can add Eagles to that. I'm going with the Ravens for the Superbowl. I live in D.C. Suburbs I.e. Maryland. Edgar Allen Poe wrote in Baltimore and is buried there…thus "Ravens."

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-01-18 18:34:21 -0600 Report

I feel much the same way Mays! That's why I keep coming back.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-18 18:39:01 -0600 Report

James,
You will always be the "Diabetic Connect Ambassador!"
It is a lifelong position, very well earned!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-19 06:53:45 -0600 Report

I agree Mays since the beginning James has always been there for me and everyone else. I like the title you gave him!!! I love it here on DC, it is definitely diverse and although we are like a salad, we sure do mix together nicely!

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-19 12:29:20 -0600 Report

Set Apart, that is so true, we do mix very well together here at DC, and James is a corner stone in this wonderful foundation!

Safari4
Safari4 2013-01-20 11:08:33 -0600 Report

Ut-oh! Competition for red. ;). But I agree with Mays and Set Apart. James, you were first to save me from a very sickening HIGH and always a help.

MAYS
MAYS 2013-01-20 12:20:17 -0600 Report

Bring it on!
This is one very helpful family here at "DC" and i am glad to be a part of it…we can share the red ;).