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By cowboysfan1966 Latest Reply 2013-08-17 19:31:30 -0500
Started 2013-08-15 09:37:23 -0500

Hi everyone, I have been diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 in 2012. I wanted to join this site to see if there are people to talk to about it so I don't feel so alone. 3 out of 4 of us kids have type 2 diabetes. Our dad was insulin dependent type 1 diabetic with hear problems. It gets over whelming at times and I do kind of slide off track and then get back on.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-17 19:31:30 -0500 Report

Hey cowboysfan,

Great to see you. I am so glad you are here. And you are definitely not alone. I hope you will stay in touch with us!


VRandy 2013-08-17 11:55:55 -0500 Report

Hey Cowboy - we are in this together! I've come to appreciate so much of the information that comes from this community…I'm sure you will too! I was diagnosed in April 2012 and it immediately put me in panic mode. After about 6 months, I settled down and began to understand more about my new life as a T2.
By the way, I'm a long time Cowboys fan myself. Hope they have a good year this year!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-08-17 07:38:29 -0500 Report

Welcome, just remember that living with D doesn't mean you can't enjoy life. If you take care, exercise, watch your diet, you'll even feel much better! We are here for you!

swinaz 2013-08-15 20:11:42 -0500 Report

I hope that you can stay on track. I know that it is hard. I am in my first month with type 2. Staying on track can be very challenging on some days. Just remember not to beat yourself up about it. I hope that it will get easier with time. I think that making a commitment to take care of ourselves is where it starts. I agree with the other posts about journaling and arming yourself with as much information as you can. This site has helped me as well. Good luck to you!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-15 12:24:47 -0500 Report

Nick has an excellent response as usual. You have to be committed to staying on track and over time it will become routine because it is a part of your lifestyle. If you have siblings who are T-2, talk to them and become supportive of each other. This will help you.

For me the more I educated myself, the less overwhelmed I became because I began to better care for my diabetes. Sometimes people with diabetes are overwhelmed because they are too focused on the disease, want to talk about it all the time and forget that they can still have fun doing things they enjoy. Try keeping a journal. Sometimes writting down your feelings, your dreams or wishes or goals can take the pressure off feeling alone. One day when you go back and read it you may wonder how you could possilby have had those feelings.

It is okay to slide now and then as long as you get right back on track. It is human nature to slide from time to time. Don't get disappointed because you fell off track. Never be hard on yourself. Good Luck

Nick1962 2013-08-15 10:40:11 -0500 Report

Yeah, the first year can be hell for many. Sure was for me – I had the same issues you do. Doctor didn’t have time to answer all the questions I had, and of course I didn’t know what to ask either. And then there’s all the trial and error you have to go through to see what works best for you. It can be consuming if you let it.

This place has been great for my education, and more than one person has given me inspirational “kicks” to keep me on track. Eventually, at least for us T2’s, your management just becomes a new lifestyle once you commit to the changes you have to make. Some folks have a hard time adjusting. Others seem to take to it pretty easily. Once you do your “check-up from the neck up” though and decide to take control, you might find that your new life as a T2 is actually better than the old one.

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