New to this site

By vanessa_562 Latest Reply 2013-11-11 16:22:30 -0600
Started 2013-11-10 19:51:51 -0600

Hello everyone,

I am new to this site and I can say I am happy to have others here I can relate to. I am T2 and was diagnosed 5 years ago. I haven't taken care of myself like i should because I did not think diabetes was serious. My sugars have not been controlled, I feel alone! When i try to get on track I feel I have no support because my family can not relate to me. I now know and understand how important it is to take care of me first. I hope by coming to this site i can find other supports and a motive to have more control.

8 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-11 16:22:30 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC.
My best support has often been found here. Even though my hubby usually understands and helps, there are many things he just doesn't quite understand. As to extended family…well they try their best. But so many things about diabetes is barely understandable when you are the person with it. So Mom (aka The Cake Lady, also The Queen of Carbs) helps me develop my skills in fending for myself. She means well, but often misses the the finer points of handling control over Diabetes. Love her baby steps of progress. Share when she wants to learn what works. And just wait until I am around people who can understand for other things.
Same goes with the rest of my family and friends.
Oh, and as Jim pointed out, sometimes less is actually better. Each of us needs to know what works for us. Only our BG meter can show us if we should eat this nit that.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-11-11 11:38:51 -0600 Report

Welcome. I wonder if it is better that families "leave you alone" in this fight or if they try to be supportive. Of course, Miss V, supportive to them means, "V, I know that piece of cake is small, but should you be having it? or "V, you know that is your second cookie" or "V, I made something special just for you. It has no sugar, no carbs, no calories and no taste. Here. try it." You will find people here that are travelling the road you are on, or have travelled it and are wiser for it. It helps too when you educate us on what raises your blood sugar. For me, some of my top violators are corn, peas, potatoes, oh, and anything else that I like!

Glucerna 2013-11-11 10:27:28 -0600 Report

HI Vanessa, and welcome. Finding support is often crucial for many people. You might ask your doctor if there is a diabetes support group in your area. Talk with your family about why blood sugar control is important to you, and ask for their help. Plus you're going to get lots of ideas, suggestions, and support from folks here. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2013-11-11 09:43:18 -0600 Report

Ask a lot of questions, because there are quite a few answers and viewpoints. Some of the members here can offer invaluable info. Don't let the different experiences that members share confuse you. Be patient, proper mgmt. and control of your diabetes is well within reach, and the DC site can certainly help you along, with your search.

Nick1962 2013-11-11 07:54:49 -0600 Report

Hey Vanessa - welcome.
Diagnosed as T2 in 2007. Been down that road and managed so far to turn it around. Just give a shout with any questions.

GabbyPA 2013-11-10 21:32:12 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. This is a great place to find the help and support you need to make those big changes. I have been a diabetic for about 5 years also, and I have gone up and down in my management of it. This place really helps me be more on top of things than if I was trying on my own. Let us know if we can help out.

Sherelle112 2013-11-10 21:18:10 -0600 Report

Welcome!! I know it's hard, but you're worth it! Don't wait until you have complications, do it now! You got this!! We got this!!!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-10 20:21:41 -0600 Report

Hi Vanessa, welcome to the DC family.

I think your family would have supported you had you taken the disease seriously 5 years ago. If you informed them you were diabetic and didn't take it seriously,

If you want their support you are going to have to re-educate yourself, eat properly, exercise, test as you should and see a nutritionist who can help you with meal plans that will help you get back on track Then you have to educate them. If they are interested in supporting you, they will. If not, you can't force it.

I have a support system in place that I never use. I am too self supporting to need people supporting me. It is my disease, not theirs and I am the only one responsible for taking care of it.

I have cousins who are T-2 with one insulin dependent now. They do not take the disease seriously until thier blood sugar gets out of control. I pay no attention to their complaints because I know they are not going to continue to stay in control.

Please do what you can to take care of yourself. In the process, you also have to learn to be self supportive when your support system isn't there for you. Seek out friends to help you if your family is not going to be supportive. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.