Looking for a diabetic sponsor (t2)

tryin2survive
By tryin2survive Latest Reply 2013-06-10 23:27:07 -0500
Started 2013-06-08 11:20:05 -0500

Hello everyone. I am needing a diabetic sponsor. Something like an AA sponsor. I was diagnosed over 2 and a half years ago and still find it hard to do the simple things like take my meds daily and sugar checks and watching what I eat. So I need someone who has been on their game and can help keep me in check. This will be a big commitment. It would mean daily communication through the site and emotional support. I know its a lot to ask from a stranger, but I don't have anyone in my inner circle that has my illness. I need someone who understands what this illness can take out of you and all the side effects from the highs and lows. Thanks.


9 replies

jdla
jdla 2013-06-09 03:31:23 -0500 Report

I think that is part of what this site is for… All of us helping each other through our "stuff" I was diagnosed Type 2 just over a year ago and find it really tough at times. I am grateful for sites like this where we can vent and also get support and suggestions.

Sherelle112
Sherelle112 2013-06-08 23:13:15 -0500 Report

I hope & pray that you find a sponsor! I'm only 2 months in so I'm definitely still learning! What I've found is that if PLAN what I'm eating in advance it makes it easier. I normally take fruit & nuts to wk for b'fast & salad for lunch & at dinner I eat what I want (within reason)!!! I don't deprive myself!! If I want ice cream, I eat no sugar added & I'll eat less for dinner to compensate. Like I said… I'm new, but ive lost 20 lbs in 2 months & my levels are under control! It's HARD as crap some days… I won't lie, but YOU CAN DO THIS!!! You have to find a schedule/regiment that works for you! A sponsor is a great idea, but I think it'd be better for you to just face this thing head on. We all slip up, but remember to always get right bk on track!! I wish you nothing but the best!! Have faith in yourself! Believe me, I didn't think I'd be able to handle/live with this, but never underestimate yourself… You are capable of so much more than you think!!

tryin2survive
tryin2survive 2013-06-08 23:24:25 -0500 Report

Thank you. Yeah I totally agree on it being hard. And when I do slip up I can't confide in those around me because they just have nasty comments. And when I get back on track and I have my bad days from starting my meds again I just get more snide comments when I complain of how I am feeling. I am happy to say I too have also lost weight, 43 lbs so far. Right now I back at day 1 after another slip, so the effects from my shot r really weighing on me. I have been feeling nauseated all day long but I have been putting on a smile for my little ones. Even though its been awhile since I was diagnosed I still don't want to accept it. I hate that I always get the crap in my family. I still hope to wake up from this bad dream but I know that's not going to happen. But thanks for ur kind words.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-08 21:05:11 -0500 Report

Someone on another site asked me to do this for them and I tried for 3 days and realized this person wanted to do nothing for herself and did not take her diabetes seriously. She thought it was a game she could play. She told me her mother told her to grow up and all of her support systems abandoned her. The last thing she told me was that her grandmother told her that she had to stop going through life expecting people to take care of her disease and told her to not ask her to remind her to eat, take her meds to test her sugar or to tell her not to eat candy, cakes or cookies. I ended up letting her know I would no longer be her crutch and to learn to take care of herself. Two months later she emailed and told me she was in the hospital for two weeks because she didn’t want to take responsibility for her disease and that her parent’s friends and family members refused to help her when she was discharged. They were sick and tired of her irresponsible and immature behavior. She was 45 years old. She said she learned a valuable lesson and was now doing what she knew she needed to do all along. She was forced to grow up and be responsible for her disease.

tryin2survive
tryin2survive 2013-06-08 21:12:25 -0500 Report

It's not about making someone responsible for me, its to help encourage me and keep me motivated. I always start off good for a month or so, then when I am back to my normal lvls for awhile I seem to convince myself I can maintain my lvls with excersise and diet. Which doesn't work. I just find it hard to keep up with the daily routine.

tryin2survive
tryin2survive 2013-06-08 21:12:22 -0500 Report

It's not about making someone responsible for me, its to help encourage me and keep me motivated. I always start off good for a month or so, then when I am back to my normal lvls for awhile I seem to convince myself I can maintain my lvls with excersise and diet. Which doesn't work. I just find it hard to keep up with the daily routine.

bbchen68
bbchen68 2013-06-10 23:27:07 -0500 Report

Hey Tryin, most of us are here to encourage, and gently advise, stick with us! I am new to this site but it has been really helpful!! Sponsoring: what if you make a pledge to log in here every day and give us your report for the day, including at least one challenge and one success. Do it for a week. And when you attempt to be less than diligent, come to the site and read a few posts first. You can do this. The only way to screw up is to give up!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-08 21:45:07 -0500 Report

Okay that was weird, my post posted before I was finished writing. It is hard because you make it hard. You can do this if you are diligent and persevere. Write out an exercise schedule and stick to it.

It could be hard because you do the same thing every.. Add something new to your diet and a new exercise to keep it interesting. That should help you. Make up goals such as special treats if you do everything you should do the month. Treat yourself to a new outfit, a new shoes, a movie etc. This will give you something to work towards and keep you on track

Based on what you wrote you are looking for someone to be responsible for you by making a commitment to be here everyday for you. What I think you should have asked for is encouragement and motivation. Good luck to you.

Sherelle112
Sherelle112 2013-06-08 23:05:02 -0500 Report

Joyce,
You're a little harsher than necessary!!! It's wonderful that you have so many opinions & great ideas, but a lot of us are new to diabetes. It's hard. It's a change of LIFE!!!! Just remember that we're not all the same & some jump in with both feet & some don't know how! Just remember that we joined this site to help each other… not make each other feel bad.