By ayled21 Latest Reply 2014-02-24 16:12:43 -0600
Started 2014-02-09 05:05:24 -0600

I had diabetes type 1 for 29 years now. I have learn that the best way to combat this condition is to accept it, and work with our bodies with a positive outlook. I believe that exercise and good eating habits are not only essential to someone with diabetes but also to any person. Also the use of meditation tends to alleviate not only our bodies but also our spirit. No matter what love yourself and embrace your diabetes with tenderness. You will see that you will begin to feel better, once you stop letting it dominate you. You are the one that is capable of domination, you have control over your diabetes, not it over you. Accept it, but accept with with love and release all level of resentment. You are the one that can make things better for yourself, if you just accept diabetes. There is a learning experience behind everything that happens to us in life. My question here would be, "What have you learned from having diabetes?"

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-16 19:34:46 -0600 Report

Hello ayled,

This is really beautifully written. And so right on!

Resistance leads to conflict and stress. So when you have that internal battle of denial going on, you are creating more stress for yourself. Who needs that?

I call this living live on life's terms. Accepting that you aren't in control of everything. Giving in. That frees you up to put our emotional energy into what you can control, starting with taking the best possible care of yourself.

I always tell my clients: You are not a diabetes. You are a wonderful, multi-dimensional person. Take care of your diabetes. And live your life.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom!


Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2014-02-11 21:41:23 -0600 Report

Amen sister!!! I have learned that sometimes control has to be flexible. Diabetes can throw us some real curve balls but if we just accept it and do what we need to do with the knowledge we have then we become better for it.

Jan8 2014-02-11 13:12:23 -0600 Report

The only thing I have learned about diabetes is that I have very unstable blood sugars and then I can't drive. It's a great big PIA . I am forever trying to get it down or get it up. I have been to nutritionists many times. I can go to bed with a BG of 130 and wake up with a 456. I am on a sliding scale.

Matunuckan 2014-02-24 12:05:35 -0600 Report

I think that you should look into Medtronic/Minimed Corp. I have been Type 1 since 1960. I have been on an Insulin pump for the last 14 years, and it has returned me to a more normal life. They have many different offerings. Look into their CGMS offerings. That works with the pump, and alarms if your BS is too high and/or too low. Talk with your Dr about pumps and Continuos Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS). If you are not going to an Endocrinologist, you SHOULD.

Jan8 2014-02-24 14:10:15 -0600 Report

I think I may try it but I can't get use to the fact that I have to have something attached to my body while still taking Bgs several times a day. However if it can give me a more normal life I guess it's worth it !Tthank You !

Matunuckan 2014-02-24 16:12:43 -0600 Report

It is something that you have to get used to, for sure. If you aren't ready for a pump, that is certainly understandable. I still get mad when the tubing gets stuck on a door knob or something, but I was VERY brittle after I turned 40, and it is worth it for me. Decide for yourself if it will be worth it for YOU.

MoeGig 2014-02-13 08:53:55 -0600 Report

After 49 years of T1, the only way for me to stabilize blood sugars is to minimize the amount of Humalog I take. Since I've been on my no/low carb diet, the high's and low's have gone away. I try to get by on Lantus only…but to do that you have to avoid all/most carbs. You have to treat Humalog like dynamite.

ayled21 2014-02-13 10:48:52 -0600 Report

I agree with you Moe. I don't eat carbs at all especially breads, crackers, pasta. At the age of 15 I began to be a veggan and I noticed that with that and exercise my sugar is most of the time stabilized.

ayled21 2014-02-11 21:43:15 -0600 Report

I recommend you stop thinking about it. Just relax and work with your bodies. When we worry about things that we don't desire, that is what we attract. I get this from the secret. So think positive and think that your sugar will begin to lower. Focus on what you desire.

JSJB 2014-02-11 04:44:20 -0600 Report

Like you thinking. Since being diagnosed with this condition 3 years ago I have learned to eat healthier and exercise a lot more. I never denied having it but getting it at my age of 70 yrs young.

Fefe12 2014-02-11 00:47:45 -0600 Report

I really like what u have said. I do my best to do the same. Who knew that something so simple would have such a profound effect. Do you want this disease to control you or do you want to control your disease. Its a question we need to ask ourselves, sometimes everyday. But doesn't it feel good when you have won?

fozy 2014-02-09 20:17:59 -0600 Report

Thank you for your encouragement it does help to hear from somebody else perspective

locarb 2014-02-09 18:53:01 -0600 Report

What a great attitude! My diabetes is in remission (thank God). But I can tell you what I did learn during those three years…HUMILITY!
I stay active here for the same reasons that you do. To encourage others. I had a clean bill of health as no medical symptoms of diabetes from my endocrinologist. I just want to encourage everyone to take care of themselves and each other. I honestly do understand what it's like.

IronOre 2014-02-09 12:40:10 -0600 Report

Based on your post it seems to me like you are assuming that "acceptance" is a problem with those with diabetes. Why ?
What have I learned (in the last 39 years) about living with diabetes? there is not enough space for me here to even start !

ayled21 2014-02-09 13:15:29 -0600 Report

Not everyone has the ability to accept their Diabetes. Some people live in denial for years about it, and they end up with the consequences of complications due to their Diabetes.

fozy 2014-02-09 10:18:12 -0600 Report

I have learnt ability to accept the flow of life without judgment is one of the secret ingredients to happiness. Acceptance does not mean that you have to like what you see, but denying reality never brings happiness to you or your community.

ayled21 2014-02-10 04:52:18 -0600 Report

You welcome. Life is living in the now and having a positive outlook no matter what. We are entitled to feel angry at times, but not all the time. The biggest lesson we have on earth is learning to love ourselves.

kkfight4acure 2014-02-09 07:48:44 -0600 Report

I love this post!! : )
Indeed I have!! I have new healthy eating habits , I exercise on a daily basis! I care about my Health in general !! I love life much more !!

ayled21 2014-02-09 13:50:07 -0600 Report

Thanks. I like to make other with our condition feel that they are not alone. We all tend to go through the same transitions with Diabetes.

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