What Has Diabetes Done For You?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-08-24 00:45:16 -0500
Started 2013-07-19 12:36:23 -0500

Diabetes can be very hard to live with, and sometimes you can't avoid the miserable moments that you just hate diabetes. But every once in a while we need to step back and look at what positive things diabetes has done for us or given us in our lives. I know that is hard to think of, but I know there are some out there for everyone if they think hard enough. There is always a positive side to everything if you choose to see it.

For me, I feel like diabetes has given me control of my life in general. I would never have been as motivated or organized if diabetes hadn't taught me how to start that kind of habit. It has really kept me grounded.

How about you??

16 replies

wishy 2013-08-24 00:45:16 -0500 Report

I was deathly afraid of shots and needles, also I could not swallow pills what-so-ever. Now, I am not scared of any needles or shots. I can swallow horse size pills no problem. I eat healthier. I'm learned to not let diabetes control my life and run everything that i do. Diabetes is just another part I have to take time for but I can control everything I want to do in my life and diabetes won't ruin it.

MAYS 2013-07-26 07:26:40 -0500 Report

A very good question indeed!
Diabetes has opened my eyes towards taking better care of myself not because i want to, but rather because i must do so!

Sometimes we take things for granted in our youth (i did) I was young, strong, cocky and thought that i could do it all, and i could, but then one day, "BANG"…Diabetes!

I don't want diabetes but i have it, and i must do what i must do to manage it, it may get a little tough at times but knowing what must be done, doing it, helping others and being a means of support for others makes a part of my life worthwhile.
Diabetes has made me more compassionate towards others mainly because if i can help ease the pain and the fears associated with diabetes (in others) by helping to educating them, they in turn may help others in some way, shape or form.

In short, having diabetes has made me an ambassador of sort, for a good cause!

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JSJB 2013-07-26 04:22:08 -0500 Report

Live a healthier life by watching what I eat and visiting the doctor (which I never did) more often.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-07-24 08:29:35 -0500 Report

Diabetes is teaching me that I am stronger and more capable than i ever knew. It is teaching me about nutrition and caused me to become more aware of the crisis we are in because of the corruption in our food industry and government. Diabetes has caused me to search deeper inside myself and open my mind to new ideas, to become more enlightened and compassionate towards myself and others.

It is teaching me self discipline which up until 2 years ago when I was diagnosed, I was never big on self discipline.

Diabetes is teaching me to face my fears with courage even when i don't feel brave. I think dealing with fear is the biggest lesson for me, and that is a work in progress for this girl. I come from a long line of worry warts, lol.

-->Type1Diabetic<-- 2013-07-24 00:30:24 -0500 Report

Diabetes has taught me to pay more attention the foods that I am eating and what is in it. It has taught me on understanding and learning more knowledge on nutrition and what it can do for you. With me being wanting to be in the medical field as a Neonatal Nurse, it has made me want to research on so many medical things like treatments, technologies, other medical topics as well. It has taught me to be more mature about my health and to take full control of my body if I want a long healthy living life. It has most importantly taught me that regardless of having a condition, you don't let it hold u down nor hold u back… you continue living life and know that I can do as much as the next person whose not a diabetic!

GabbyPA 2013-07-23 08:01:24 -0500 Report

Diabetes had taught me that I can do a lot for myself. I used to just kind of let life rule me, and whatever happened...well, just happened. I still keep a "let it roll off my back" attitude, but I have found that I have a voice and I have learned to use it. Diabetes gave me more confidence in life. It helped me loose weight, eat healthier, and be more active. It pushed me into the garden and made me aware of what is in the foods I eat way past just carb counting.

There are days when I feel it's taken more than it's given, but all I have to do is look at how far I have come and it makes me feel good.

cocot 2013-07-23 07:40:54 -0500 Report

It's definitely taught me to eat healthy, cook better food for my family, and make better choices at the grocery store. It has also got me to be more active so I am on a much healthier path.

SadieMae08 2013-07-21 19:14:27 -0500 Report

At this point in my life, diabetes has not brought anything positive to my life:/ I have had the disease for 10 years

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-07-21 09:56:19 -0500 Report

Jeanette, this is a great post. We can turn a setback into a learning opportunity, a wake-up call to take better care of ourselves, and to appreciate life. Gary

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-20 22:57:56 -0500 Report

As odd as it sounds, I'm convinced it have my my boyfriend. His mother (who passed away before I met him) was diabetic as well and he told me one of the reasons he talked to me originally is because I am diabetic and that he wanted to help me with it so I didn't have to struggle as much as his mother did. It was perhaps a blessing. We've been dating for almost a year and a half and I feel more support and help from him than anyone else!

s93vw 2013-07-20 12:21:54 -0500 Report

3 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 I wanted to be her greatest supporter. As she matured and became even more independent I know I let certain things slack on my end. This yr after being diagnosed myself with T1.5 it hit home again what a good example I can be to her and help lead her through her life, no matter how independent she becomes. i started running and biking regularly. I drag anyone along that I can. I am not only being a great example to my kids but we are having a great time together. We planted a large garden and enjoy eating our own fresh produce. I don't know that I would have been prone to do all these things so enthusiastically if it had not been for my own diagnosis.

Ebony Faith
Ebony Faith 2013-07-19 22:56:55 -0500 Report

Because of my diabetes I was matched with an amazing and beautiful black lab who was trained to alert me to low blood sugars. I wouldn't be alive today if I didn't have her. The organization that trained her does not charge people for an assistance dog even though it costs $25,000-35,000 to train a team. I feel that I need to do everything I can to make that opportunity possible for the next person, so I do a lot of public speaking. I have spoken to groups as large as 450. I was invited to be on a leadership team that recruits "Ambassadors." I created an ambassador toolkit and lead training sessions that teach people how to do a 30 second speech about the organization. In 2011 I was asked to become a member of the board of directors and last month I was elected chair person of the governance committee. By participating in various fundraisers, I have raised enough money to pay for my dog and three others. I teamed up with five other graduates and together we have created regular social events for grads and play time for our dogs. I'm an advocate for people with disabilities and service dog handlers experiencing access issues because of their dog. Because of my dog, I have had the honor of meeting state and federal senators, internationally known dog trainers, people who have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the organization, authors, advocates, Lions and the King (of the Minnesota Rennaisance Festival). I have made many, many good, lifetime friends.

Because of my dog, I have been able to go back to work part-time. I no longer worry that I'm going to pass out from a low blood sugar. I sleep better because I'm not afraid of having a low in the middle of the night. My dog will wake me up if it happens. I get regular exercise now. My dog needs to be walked every day whether I feel like walking or not. I feel better emotionally (most of the time) because dog hugs are a great thing.

I know that this was supposed to be about what diabetes has done for me and all I talked about was what my dog has done for me. However, if I didn't have diabetes, I never would have been blessed with my amazing four-footed companion.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-19 14:40:04 -0500 Report

Jeanette, Diabetes as with anything in life is only hard to live with if you choose to make it hard. I choose not to make anything in my life hard. I have had enough of that to last a lifetime. You can't look at diabetes as an obstacle or you could put yourself in a rut that will be very hard to climb out. You have to be foward thinking and live for the here and now and plan things for your future. Diabetes is only limiting if you choose to make it a limit.

In a sense diabetes has been a blessing to me. It has caused me to look at all the things I was eating that I thought were the greatest invention since the remote control.

I always thought as a non diabetic that I could never live with it. I could not give up all the goodies I enjoyed. Today, I honestly can say I don't miss late night cookies or cake with a soda and a book or tv. Mashed potatoes and rice smothered in gravey with something fried.

I learned that with modifications, I can have some mashed potatoes, and rice with gravey or a piece of fried chicken from time to time. I can have a cookie or a small candy bar. I don't have to supersize things to get my sugar fix.

Eating healthy has been a plus for me. Without being diagnosed, I would more than likely have not changed my eating habits. I would not be out taking a walk everyday. I would not be reading labels in the supermarket and I definitely would not be paying any attention to serving sizes.

It has definitely made me more responsible when it comes to my health. I had to relearn everyting I had learned about foods and how eating the correct foods with the correct amounts will benefit me even if I were not diabetic.

It does not bother me being diabetic. I don't mind testing and taking the meds and keeping track of my results. Like you it has made me more organized. When you focus on what is positive with diabetes and life, the negatives won't matter at all. You have to choose to live and be happy with what you have now and not worry about what could have been. Should've, would've, could've is hindsight and hindsight is 20/20. Look to the future and say 'I CAN" and life will become a pleasure for you and those around you.

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