By Goddess Latest Reply 2008-12-17 10:41:55 -0600
Started 2008-12-07 22:27:29 -0600

Can you name any positive ways that has changed your life?

40 replies

JaredLahti 2008-12-14 00:48:43 -0600 Report

Having T2 has opened my eyes to the reality of diabetes and how out of control that dibetes is getting. It has made me want to do something to promote the treatments available for newly diagnosed diabetics, but also the prevention. America as a whole is heading down a path of increasing the number of people with diabetes because we as a whole overindulge ourselves and eat so much processed foods. I feel that having T2 means I am responsible for promoting prevention awarenes so other people won't have to go through what I am currently going through. I think that is the most positive answer I could have by getting this disease.

gunther123 2008-12-13 17:44:26 -0600 Report

I have become more sensitive and apathetic toward my diabetic, and try to be a part of her disease by researching everything i can and email it to her. I try to let her know that I care and love her more often.

2008-12-11 11:35:18 -0600 Report

I have learned to watch what I eat and be more mindful of my health.

Goddess 2008-12-11 18:42:31 -0600 Report

would you mind telling me what kinds of foods you are eating?

2008-12-11 19:21:57 -0600 Report

Actually, not really as good as I should be. I did cut out the junk. I do splurge once in a great while. I drink diet pepsi, cottage cheese, regular cheese, soup, and unfortunately too many sandwiches and starches. Considering, however, how much junk and sweets I used to eat and am no longer doing, I'm doing pretty well. It's a day by day thing for me. I don't eat much during the day. I also like to eat oatmeal and cereal. Not the best diet, but I'm working to change that.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-11 23:50:16 -0600 Report

fortunately I was a consultant at a curves & did their 6week food challenge, so now 3yrs later when diet and exercise stopped working due to my own fault for not eating properly or exercising, I now am back on the progam of well balanced foods from each food group, smaller portions & regular exercise. I did it before & I can do it again. As my favorite T-shirt says "it is all about me" and it is I am the only one who can get back on track to be here for my family and loved ones. jackie

Anonymous 2008-12-12 09:05:57 -0600 Report

Exactly, we are the only ones that can control our own diabetes. I like what your shirt says. It is all about me and control.

Jlynn 2008-12-09 10:53:26 -0600 Report

Why glad you asked Dearest Goddess with now envious name..(LOL)
It has brought me alot of ""gifts"".
First of all, the reality that,"Darn it if IM not a superHERO after all these years!" Im breakable,i see that now

The Diabetic comas, and ICU vacations, have taught me, I need not PROCRASTENATE THIS TIME,DIABETES WILL NOT BE SO PATIENT WITH ME!! LESS writing my dreams down in pencil.More, taking the steps to make my dreams PERMENANT!!…

Most hardest one I still am learning to adapt to…KNOWING I WILL NEED and DO NEED others HELP in my life,accepting that I deserve IT——Putting ME before,those people,places,and things that before I would set my needs aside for..

Anonymous 2008-12-09 10:59:27 -0600 Report

Very well said Jlynn. Diabetes is a selfish disease, you must always think of your self.

Jlynn 2008-12-11 11:27:51 -0600 Report

I didnt think that I was being selfish, LOL, And sorry if that came out wrong. I dont believe this is a SELFISH disease…yet it is one that can, INSIST you give a little more attention to you, if you are to keep giving yourself to others; as a Mom, friend wife, husband, person..
Does that make any sense…LOL IDK having a "high-time" lol need to get active!! thanks for your reply..

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-11 11:46:23 -0600 Report

I agree with yu Jlynn. Not selfish at all, and really a necessity that we take care of ourselves first if and when at all possible. Whether or not you have something like diabetes, I think that is the case. As women/wives/moms, I think we often feel it is our "duty" to put others first. But when it comes to health, that is another matter. When folks are counting on you, you have to be healthy and doing the right things for yourself. And that includes a little pampering now and then (LOL)!

JaredLahti 2008-12-08 21:35:44 -0600 Report

For me it has been the wakeup call I have needed for years. I had always talked about losing weight and I would start but then I would quit after a month or two. This time there is no quit in me, because if I quit the consequences are a lot more severe. So far I have lost over 50 pounds and over ten inches off my waist. I have started eating healthier and finding that I like a lot of these foods. I also like the fact that I have had to buy a whole new wardrobe since nothing fits me anymore. This was definitely a blessing in disguise for me.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 22:15:46 -0600 Report

Congratulations! Good job. And don't you feel so much better, physically and mentally?! I think many of us see the diagnosis as a wakeup call. Sad thing is the number of people out there who haven't a clue they have a problem, therefore do nothing about it until late in the game…sometimes too late. Keep up the good work. I love stories like yours.

Ginlea 2008-12-08 14:12:43 -0600 Report

Yes I look at my daughters diagnose as a blessing in a good way.We are all eating better and understanding carbs and sugar better.I have been eating what my daughter eats the same foods and sizes and I lost 7 lbs. in the first week of doing this but now my weight is just standing still.I am trying to cut it down smaller for me so i can lose more weight.My other daughter who is 10 was a was close to becoming overweight she started getting a pudgy tummy and had a double chin and was very lazy and never had energy to do anything.Well she now eats the same foods as her sister and I am proud to say that since this has started she has been counting her carbs and building her fat into muscle.Her pudgy tummy is gone and her so is her double chin.She also has more energy and helps around the house without complaining.Since Chasity diagnose in Sept. its amazing what you find out about diabetes and foods.How foods that say are sugarfree are not really.How many carbs that are in some foods that are very high.How eating out at Mcdonalds is cheaper and fatting then eating meals at home.I am glad that our household is eating better and and being healthier.Now if I can just lose my weight.My goal is by the first of the year I will be on some kind of diet plan to lose this weight.I am still researching how I can lose weight healthy and not be giving up some of my foods I want.We have been buying foods that are high in fiber,sugarfree,whole grain.We do not keep soda or candy,potato chips,fattning snacks in the house.Her diagnoses has really opened our eyes to eating healthy and we are thankful for that.It has also opened my eyes to how Diabetes is a epidimic in the world.I never knew much about it until she was diagnosed and now I know so much information to help her and us.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 14:20:21 -0600 Report

How wonderful that you all have learned so much from your daughter's diagnosis, and especially nice that you are all eating better and becoming healthier. The choices you are making are benefitting the entire family. The daughter that was diagnosed has a lot to deal with, but what great support all of you are providing her by trying to improve your own health. After all, what most folks don't realize is that the way a diabetic should eat is really the way all of us should be eating. We've sadly become a society of fast food and junk foods, which has resulted in our overweight society. I applaud your actions and support for your daughter. God bless you all.

2008-12-08 09:31:53 -0600 Report

Same for me, healthier lifestyle in food choices and exercise. Diabetes was like the 'stop' sign at the cross road. You have to stop and decide which path you are going to travel. I decided the healthy lifestyle was the better choice for me as I'm not done living yet and there is no food in this world that is worth losing a limb or my eyesight over. :)


shar - 27255
shar - 27255 2008-12-08 10:21:01 -0600 Report

athank you Judy for puttubg diabetes in perspective for me. I had lost 80 lbs and was fighting it but gained 50 back. Your comments have made me take up the fight and realize just what I have to lose (eyes, limbs) over food choices. Thank you once again. I need all the support I can get.

2008-12-08 21:47:43 -0600 Report

You're welcome Shar, I hope you can get back on track for your own sake, good luck dear and you'll find the strength I know it.
I have to share something that happened to me tonight. I made meatloaf, baked potatoes, green beans and my sassy son made shortbread cookies. I had my usual small plate, half full of green beans, a very small baked potato and a portion of meatloaf. I also was sassy and had two of the shortbread cookies for dessert. My blood sugar before dinner was 110 and 2 hours after was 98 and 4 hours after was 90. Unbelievable!! I expected much, much higher with the cookies and baked potato. I have to say the 1000mg of cinnamon that I take before breakfast and supper are like a miracle for me, my sugars are generally lower after I eat than they are before and they don't spike in the morning anymore either. Good wholesome food, exercise, and that darn cinnamon (who knew???) and life is good!! Good luck to you on getting back on track, if you need anything just let me know :)


Anonymous 2008-12-09 10:11:00 -0600 Report

It is true. I am having the same thing happen too. I also do the apple cider vinegar before breakfast and dinner. I look at it this way. It works. So keep doing it! I think it great.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 12:37:30 -0600 Report

AaaaaMEN! If that's not incentive enough, I don't know what is. Losing a limb or my eyesight is not something I want to take lightly. It is so hard to do what we're supposed to do at times, but we just have to come to that point where we decide what we want out of our lives. We'll fail at times, of course, but you just have to "get back up in the saddle" and get going again.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-08 12:56:23 -0600 Report

Yes I too have gone back to healthy eating and getting more exercise, my eyes are already giving me a lot of problems. But I do not intend to let anything get in my way of a healther long life. jackie

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 22:40:06 -0600 Report

Yes. I am more conscious of my diet. Eating healthier and making me a bit bolder in "experimenting" with foods I haven't tasted before… who knows, I might find a food that's low carb AND delicious (I've found quite a few so far)!

It has also made me more sensitive to people who have physical problems (or any kind of problem, really). I can empathize with them and maybe help them better cope with what they are going through.

Anonymous 2008-12-08 14:52:14 -0600 Report

I agree Sparrow. I have found many low carb foods I prefer now over the higher carb ones. I never knew I like all kinds of salads as much. It has gotten me moving more and exercising. I drink healthier things instead of sodas and high fat coffee drinks. To me it has been a blessing in disguise.

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