Newly Diagnosed.

By Amy143 Latest Reply 2013-11-19 09:22:10 -0600
Started 2013-11-16 20:44:18 -0600

My diagnosis of Type 2 came November 5th and I must admit, I am still a little bit in shock, but I am slowly embracing it. Educating myself has been overwhelming, but I am trying to keep the stress level down. I am reaching out everywhere I can for support. Yikes. I am 47 with a crazy busy life including four kids in school, sports, clubs, etc. talk about stopping a person right in their tracks…didn't see this coming.

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Brenin 2013-11-18 18:09:15 -0600 Report

I hear ya on this one Sistah! I was diagnosed April Fool's day 2013… I was in complete shock! I'm 8 months in and I'm so overwhelmed some days. Trying to run 3 small business's, educating myself, exercising, eating right and keeping the stress down some days just seems impossible. I have a less than cooperative doctor some days…and much to his dismay, I advocate for myself fiercely.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-17 20:20:00 -0600 Report

I am so glad that you are embracing this right from the start. Self education is the best thing you can do as it helps to talk to your doctor on his/her level. I spent 24 hours being shocked then got the ball rolling. As long as you take proper care of yourself, the self care gets to be routine (it did for me). T2 is easy to manage with the proper diet and exercise and reducing stress. Right down questions and take them with you to the doctor as well as your log book. Talk to a dietitian who can help you with meal plans. That will help you in the long run. Good luck to you.

GabbyPA 2013-11-17 19:14:50 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed when I was 47 also. It was not a shock to me, but I do understand your feeling of being overwhelmed. Ask lots of questions, try things, read and research. You are going to be your own advocate and while it is kind of consuming in the beginning, it will get easier as you figure a few things out.

You do a lot of things and while that can be a blessing, don't let it stop you from taking care of yourself. Trust me, I have done that. I put everyone else first and it doesn't really work well that way. I am learning to take care of myself so I can be there to do things for those I love around me.

Welcome to the community. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you along.

Amy143 2013-11-18 18:23:44 -0600 Report

Thanks. I have always done the same thing. Never meeting my own basic needs. Four kidswill do that, but it has taken a toll. Starting to practice putting myself first.

GabbyPA 2013-11-19 09:22:10 -0600 Report

It is hard, and getting past the guilt feeling was the trick for me. I would feel worse if I left my family in need without me. I can put myself first and that will also take care of them...its a balancing act, but at least I am trying now.

Nick1962 2013-11-17 18:18:35 -0600 Report

Kinda like running full speed into a clothesline at about neck height ain’t it. The good news is it’s manageable for most, and in a lot of cases it causes you to take stock of your lifestyle, and make some changes that are probably needed before they get out of control.

Welcome to the group and hang around a while. I know you'll find some good advice here on how to cope and move forward, but for now just remember it’s not the end of the world. In fact it can be the beginning of a bright new one.

Amy143 2013-11-18 18:29:01 -0600 Report

Thanks for those inspiring words. I never saw it coming. I thought I would hear possible auto immune diagnosis, but nope…life has taken a sharp right turn.

Glucerna 2013-11-17 13:42:27 -0600 Report

I'm glad you've reached out to this community, and you're already getting support and encouragement. JoanDTx is doing awesome she's right to look for as much information as you can. You might ask your physician for a referral to a certified diabetes educator who can help you figure out how to integrate diabetes management into your busy life. ~Lynn @Glucerna

xraydebi 2013-11-17 12:46:03 -0600 Report

Educating yourself is the best thing you can do, Physicians aren't doing enough of that, they are too rushed all the time, Sorry about your diagnosis, but you can take control of it,

JoanDTx 2013-11-16 21:06:04 -0600 Report

Hi, I too have just recently been diagnosed on Oct. 31st, 2013! I am headed down the road of gaining knowledge about this Type 2 Diabetes also! I've been reading everything I can get my hands on to educate myself about it and bought my own meter to keep up with my blood sugar numbers without my doctor even telling me to. I was told a few years ago that I had pre-diabetes and then the doc I had at the time got angry when I started trying to educate myself and I stopped. Well, now it's progressed to the stage that I'm OFFICIALLY diagnosed and this time I'm gonna be my own best friend with it and learn all I can whether the doc says to or not! I already have tingling in my legs and feet and blurry vision and I'm gonna try to figure out if I can keep that from progressing any further! I am no expert nor would I push anyone on anything but, to me KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! I'm the only one who knows my own body the best! I hope we can gain knowledge thru this website and books and classes and people together and get ourselves on a right track to live long and healthy as possible lives! Welcome and I hope you'll keep letting us all know how you're doing! :D ~JoanDTx

Amy143 2013-11-18 18:36:34 -0600 Report

Thanks. I was in a bad car accident three years ago and have been so consumed with getting better, that some of my symptoms were blown off by docs as residue effects from the accident. I am a knowledge/information addict, so I intend to get well educated. I am in the middle of a detox right now and struggling with it. These shakes are NASTY. I never ate 1200 calories before diagnosis, so choking 4 shakes down a day is awful. But, at the end I will know what foods may be causing me additional problems. Oy vey. But, I keep telling myself, that there are worse problems to have and hopefully I will get the hang of this…lol.

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