Fight Diabetes

michaelarmy
By michaelarmy Latest Reply 2016-02-10 01:22:41 -0600
Started 2013-07-01 09:50:30 -0500

Hope everyone is having a great day. My name is Michael W Branch, I am 24 and currently serving in the Army. I am a SSG, and currently serving as a Regional Coordinator and Training NCO on my States Honor Guard team. I also have type 1 diabetes, and take two types of insulin, novolog, and lantus. So I created a Facebook page called "Fight Diabetes", to connect with and everyone can share experiences, advicand just relay relate. Below is a link to the page, I would greatly appreciate it if everyone would take a moment and check the page out, and maybe hit the like button. Thanks

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-Diabetes...


79 replies

GaryBowser73
GaryBowser73 2016-02-10 01:22:41 -0600 Report

Hi Micheal my name is Gary and I have type 2 diabetes. I take an oral medication twice a day and I inject 60 units of insulin once a day. I am 50 yrs old, I am married and have a 12 yr old son. if you would like to be friends on Diabetic Connection let me know

KellyTexas
KellyTexas 2016-01-23 15:50:59 -0600 Report

Michael,
I liked your page on Facebook. Thank you for your service! I found out that my A1C was "pre-diabetic" in the fall of 2014, and I have been working very hard since then to bring it down. It is not an easy task, but I am still working on it. I recently found DC, and I am so happy there is a place to exchange ideas and to hear what is working for other people. For myself, I think the keys are a very low carb diet, plenty of water, exercise, and sleeping well. I also take quite a few supplements. I have essentially eliminated sugar and all sugar substitutes from my diet, although I dream of the day when I can experiment with low sugar desserts!

Jaymay
Jaymay 2015-10-12 11:16:01 -0500 Report

Hello! I like your Facebook page and.. also thanks for service to the country. I have been managing my diabetics with metformin and Victoza, watching my diet and exercise. All of this is important and talking and sharing with other has it benefits. I wish you the best in your management of your treatment.

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2015-08-25 10:05:58 -0500 Report

Cool! I will look for your page on face book. Thank you for serving. My son is 25, and serving in the Navy, sub…3rd term now.

Yerachmiel
Yerachmiel 2015-08-17 12:03:51 -0500 Report

I've been a type 1 since age 2, have been pumping so long that I've used more pumps than I have fingers and toes.

Good to know others fighting to stay healthy and keep others there as well.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-03-27 20:04:12 -0500 Report

Hi Michael, I've been a type 1 since I was 10. I tried to join the military and told
no, because I was type 1 and take insulin. Has something changed? I thank you for your service.I wear an insulin and its the best thing ever. My a1c 5.5.

Coopie19
Coopie19 2015-02-05 18:45:23 -0600 Report

Thank You Michaelarmy for all your years of service to our great country. I know you are proud of the service you have served so don't let anyone bring you down.

I grew up around an Air Force Base and worked on it as well. I met many airmen and became friends with a lot of them. I lost a few of them to the war also (this was Viet Nam) and I miss them to this day (and yes they were just friends) LOL.

Keep up the good work and service and you will be in my prayers every night.

Autyhints
Autyhints 2015-01-21 08:57:19 -0600 Report

I grew up an Army brat and id really like to know how you are in the armed forces with Type 1 diabetes. I'd love to join but I can simply because i have diabetes…

Anonymous
Anonymous 2014-11-23 23:55:25 -0600 Report

Thanks Michaelarmy for sharing. My mom is also suffering from Type 1 diabetes and she's undergoing to a stem cell therapy in Europe. This seems very effective for my mom, why don't you try it as well. I'm sharing as well a video, they said that "Stem Cell Therapy: is now A cure for Diabetes"
I hope this will help you also.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cRwsPaXp3I

heather212
heather212 2014-10-27 21:34:54 -0500 Report

Hello! My name is Heather! I am a senior and we are working on our senior projects right now. When I grow up I would love to be a diabetes educator. I have to do a project that relates to that so I have chosen to have a diabetes awareness day on November 5th. I am going to do a lot of stuff to raise awareness around my high school. I will be putting posters on the walls of the high school with the profiles of people who have diabetes. If you would you be willing to answer a few questions pertaining to your diabetes for a poster please let me know :) It would be so awesome if I could get a lot of people from all over to show my fellow students how common diabetes is.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-31 11:59:13 -0500 Report

I am willing but still waiting for your questions Heather.

Please post your questions on your new discussion on the subject so we can begin to answer them.

James

James

deewoelling
deewoelling 2014-08-22 10:29:01 -0500 Report

God Bless you my husband is also serving overseas and i find it hard to deal with at times which in turn raises my blood sugar to level that are high for me your service is greatly appreciated,,,, i use to have a Facebook account but was spending way too much time on there

Rose67
Rose67 2014-07-27 22:40:12 -0500 Report

It is an honor to meet you, and to thank you for serving our country. I too will check out your Facebook page. God Bless you

ReaderReader12
ReaderReader12 2014-07-27 22:21:24 -0500 Report

Thank you for serving our great country. I have one son in the Army National Guard and one son in the Navy he is based in Japan. I am heading to your facebook page right now to check it out and I am sure I will hit the like button.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2014-03-06 14:02:41 -0600 Report

Thank you for your service. Type I means you were diagnosed before you enlisted? What are the regs for preexisting conditions? In my mind, I thought one had to be in perfect health: good eyes, good back, good condition, run a mile???? This is eye opening as I work with students.

Carolyn E
Carolyn E 2014-03-06 08:26:57 -0600 Report

Hi Michael, I checked out your facebook page and it is great. I did like it so I will be able to follow and keep up.
thanks

palmal
palmal 2014-03-05 15:12:10 -0600 Report

Hi Michael, I commend you on being in the Army. Sounds like you have taken T1 by the "horns". It makes me proud to see a young person move ahead instead of giving up. Thank you for your service!

buoyant
buoyant 2013-10-25 11:12:59 -0500 Report

gud work michael…but in my country if you have type 1 diabetes than you will be unfit for the military or police services , is it also so in your country or do they do not consider diabetes as a disease in medical examination?

tracyMCS
tracyMCS 2013-10-09 10:53:39 -0500 Report

i will check it out..thanks for your service Michael and welcome hope your day is doing great!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-08 10:08:21 -0500 Report

Michael, THANK YOU for serving our country. I appreciate all our soldiers do to keep our country safe. I checked out that Facebook page. It was interesting. I opted out of liking it because I have enough diabetes info on my Facebook page, I think it would be good for new diabetics.

Prprincess0923
Prprincess0923 2013-07-07 17:40:46 -0500 Report

I want to thank you so much for serving our country and keep the good work up. I'm an Uncle Sam baby my mom said ? My dad also served this country and my husband too. Pray everyday for all the soldiers out there fighting and those we lost too. May god be with you always !!!

sfgiantschick
sfgiantschick 2013-07-06 22:20:23 -0500 Report

Hi Michael! Thank you for serving our great country! You are truly a hero! I was just diagnosed with Type 1 just over a week ago and am very overwhelmed with all the information that is available. I liked your Facebook page and look forward to learning as much as I can!

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-07-06 19:21:40 -0500 Report

Hey Michael,

Great to meet you. I am glad you are here. I checked out your page and "like" it. What a great idea. Thank you!

Gary

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-07-04 13:20:08 -0500 Report

I will check it out! let me say a big THANK YOU to you (and everyone else who is in the military or was in the pas) for serving our country, it is in large part, because of you and the others, that this country is great and we have our freedoms!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-07-04 06:46:01 -0500 Report

Welcome, as a T1 since 2011, diagnosed at a MATURE age, I admire you for staying in to serve our country. I was in the Army for 3 years joined at 17, and loved it. I did not make it a career because life had different plans for me; however, I come from a military background. My husband retired 27 years as SGM, and my brother, and so on. As a T1, I find that life can be difficult, it is all about taking care of yourself, and being diligent about it! Thank you for serving our country, and for not choosing to opt out when you could have. You not only fight for our country, but you fight for yourself daily, as a person with D! Double kudos to you!

bpreece87
bpreece87 2013-07-01 21:32:46 -0500 Report

I will make a deal with ya. I will check the page out if you tell me how a diabetic got into the army. I heard diabetics can't join so if you let me on the secret i will tell everybody i know about your page. My life's dream when i was a kid was to join. So please let me know.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-02 06:24:18 -0500 Report

To be honest with you I wish there were a secret, I was already in when diagnosed. Here is one of my earlier posts,

"When I was diagnosed I had already been in for 2 1/2 years. I was on active duty preparing for Baghdad. I was sent to a Wounded Warrior program, and there they sent me to all these appointments, and evaluated me to see if I was fit for duty. They actually came back with a 20% and a severance pay, and was going to process me for medical discharge. During my time to get my mind right and sign agree or disagree I contacted a JAG lawyer, signed disagree with their results and we presented my case. Long story short I was found medically fit for duty, as long as my diabetes is under control, and being deployed is based off my commanders decision. And I continue to serve today. I went from being a E3 (private) when I was diagnosed, to a E6 (staff sergeant), in control of a Honor Guard region of 26 counties, as the Coordinator and Regional Trainer. With 35 Soldier's under me. When I was diagnosed I'm not going to lie, it bothered me really bad, and everything that was going on didn't help. But one thing I learnt real quick at the age of 19-20, is someone always has it worse. So I try and live everyday as it could be my last, with my head held high, and with the attitude that diabetes "can't and won't" stop me from doing anything. Thanks for your response and don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. And when I have a moment I plan to post my entire story. Thanks."

dawnchapman
dawnchapman 2013-07-12 18:08:10 -0500 Report

Great job michaelarmy! We are so blessed to have you with us. Hats off to you for getting a lawyer and being able to stay in! I am also an 'army brat'. My father retired from there after 22 years. I was diagnosed at 11 years of age and the military put my folks thru problems because of the fact that I had diabetes. Enough negative thoughts though. When life gives you lemons you have to figure out what to do with them! I choose to make lemonade with my lemons (just the way you did)! Keep going guy :)

IronOre
IronOre 2013-07-02 12:27:38 -0500 Report

When you are in the army, and then diagnosed with T1 diabetes, you will get an honorable discharge.
You must have done something that others haven't done, in your position.
I read several things on-line that contradict what you are saying.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-03 07:30:58 -0500 Report

I want to start off by saying Thanks for replying, and I hope that you checked out my Facebook page "Fight Diabetes". I also want to ask you a simple question. Regardless of what you may have read online, I mean we all have seen the State Farm commercial. But my question for you is do you not believe what I am saying. I mean to say that you have read things on-line that contradict what I'm saying, that's kinda the same as saying I'm lying. Also I've not did anything but have a desire to serve my country, just like so many past, present, and future Military have and will.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-01 15:43:01 -0500 Report

I want to say "Thank You" for your support. And for your dads service as well. And also thanks for checking out "Fight Diabetes" page. Glad you liked it. How long have you had diabetes.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2013-07-01 18:04:26 -0500 Report

I have diabetes since 2005.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-02 06:26:44 -0500 Report

I enlisted in 2006 when I turned 17, just before my senior year of high school, graduated roughly a year later on June 9th, and left on the 19th. And was diagnosed on Feb. 14th 2009.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2013-07-01 13:18:26 -0500 Report

First off, I would like to say Thank You for your Service to our country. I too am a Type 1 diabetic.
My father was in the service in WWII, and he became a diabetic also, Type 1. So, to the person below, you can be in the service and be a diabetic.
You have a beautiful face book page.
Again Thank you for your service.

IronOre
IronOre 2013-07-02 14:43:07 -0500 Report

honestly, you cannot be T1 and in the military

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2013-07-03 05:39:37 -0500 Report

I was not tin the military, but my father was. And was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during WWII. He, just like Michael above had served for 4 years in the Army 101st Airborne. He was all over the world. In His last stint in Alaska back in 1947, he became very ill, at the age of 21. The doctors thought he had some illness from one of the countries he was in.
It has never been proven but, one of his doctors claimed it was do to "STRESS" that the cortisol levels in his body, had gone out of control. He was put on medication, and finished out his term state side.

IronOre
IronOre 2013-07-01 13:26:57 -0500 Report

well, I provided a link to a page that supports what I mentioned . . . we'll see when it shows up.
WWII was a long time ago, times have changed.
If I could have joined the military I would have, but I couldn't because I had T1.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-03 07:59:52 -0500 Report

WWII may have been quite a few years ago, one thing has not changed, and that is the HONOR that is given to the men and women who served. We render Honors to WWII veterans everyday, and I cannot express how much of a huge HONOR it is.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2013-07-03 05:44:52 -0500 Report

I saw the article, that is for joining up. Both "Michael" above and my father were both all ready in service when they contracted this disease.
You are right WWII was a long time ago. And things could have changed, but with the new drugs and the new procedures for diagnosing illness, it would be more probable that "Michael" could serve out his remaining term State side.

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-01 12:15:13 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed I had already been in for 2 1/2 years. I was on active duty preparing for Baghdad. I was sent to a Wounded Warrior program, and there they sent me to all these appointments, and evaluated me to see if I was fit for duty. They actually came back with a 20% and a severance pay, and was going to process me for medical discharge. During my time to get my mind right and sign agree or disagree I contacted a JAG lawyer, signed disagree with their results and we presented my case. Long story short I was found medically fit for duty, as long as my diabetes is under control, and being deployed is based off my commanders decision. And I continue to serve today. I went from being a E3 (private) when I was diagnosed, to a E6 (staff sergeant), in control of a Honor Guard region of 26 counties, as the Coordinator and Regional Trainer. With 35 Soldier's under me. When I was diagnosed I'm not going to lie, it bothered me really bad, and everything that was going on didn't help. But one thing I learnt real quick at the age of 19-20, is someone always has it worse. So I try and live everyday as it could be my last, with my head held high, and with the attitude that diabetes "can't and won't" stop me from doing anything. Thanks for your response and don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. And when I have a moment I plan to post my entire story. Thanks.

IronOre
IronOre 2013-07-01 12:42:35 -0500 Report

There are people who come in here who were discharged when diagnosed with T1, so I do not know how you got away with it.
The rules of the military are quite clear, JAG lawyer or not.

Chief Scott
Chief Scott 2013-07-07 08:35:33 -0500 Report

As a Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer (E-7) who served this great country for 23 years, I want to say that the "rules" of the military are NOT quite clear. There is always a gray area. Today's military has members returning to active duty missing limbs and other disabilities that in years past would have side lined them. It's really up to the MEB to determine what happens to you. The key in SSG Branche's case was the fact that he already was on active duty when first diagnosed. And not every one who serves gets to the front lines ether. 85 to 90% of the personnel serve behind the lines supporting the 10 to 15% who are on the Front. In closing, to SSG Branch, Thank you for doing the job that you do. You are helping to bring honor to those we lost and for that I say Thank You and God Speed Shipmate! ABEC Michael E. Scott USN (Ret.)

michaelarmy
michaelarmy 2013-07-03 07:49:13 -0500 Report

Here is a Army Regulation link;
Below I also included a section of the text, you can check the link and ensure I'm not lying, by all means do. But it says "the causes for referral to an MEB are as follows. Doesn't say "SEPARTION", and MEB means Medical Review Board, and I've been to 3 since diagnosed in 2009. I present my A1C once a year and if its good and controlled, then I am able to continue and SERVE this great Nation and all the people in it. With that said I am not attacking you, I am just providing you with facts, because you have the Freedom to provide your opinion, trust me I know. I may not be able to be deployed to Afghanistan, but I have buddies that have multiple times, and have lost some also, and being that I may never see Direct Combat, yea it does bother me, but at the current time I am a E6 and am the Regional Coordinator and Training NCO for my region, and have the HONOR along side my Soldier to render Military Honors to very Honorable men and women who have served this great Nation from WWII to current affairs, and unfortunately I have had the Honor to render Military Honors to 4 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan, it was very unfortunate, but again it was a HONOR. My job is based on HONOR, and everyday it is. So again thanks for using you Freedom of speech, and have a great day.

3–11. Endocrine and metabolic disorders
The causes for referral to an MEB are as follows:
a. Acromegaly.
b. Adrenal insufficiency requiring replacement therapy.
c. Diabetes insipidus requiring the use of medication for control.
d. Diabetes mellitus, unless hemoglobin A1c can be maintained at <(less than) 7% using only lifestyle modifications
(diet, exercise).
http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r40_501.pdf

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