Keeping the Faith: How are You Doing?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2014-03-16 19:11:17 -0500
Started 2014-03-08 21:20:21 -0600

I talked with a few clients this week who are dealing with some major challenges. Symptoms that may be gradually increasing. Regimens that don’t seem to work like they used to. Changes their chronic condition is forcing into their life. Economic stress. Loneliness, fear, sadness.

One of my clients described what she’s been dealing with over the past week and what she has ahead of here. And then she said: “But I’m going to keep the faith.”

Keep the faith. I haven’t heard that term in awhile. It’s simple but pretty amazing at the same time, right?

Since that conversation, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to keep the faith. I’ve been taking a look at my own life and what I do to keep the faith.

It seems to me that are different ways to keep the faith. Relying on your own inner resources. Having a regular religious or spiritual practice. People you can rely on.

If so, then keeping the faith is also a matter of reminding yourself, each and every day, that there is more to life than your day to day experience. Staying focused not so much on what isn’t and can’t but on what’s possible. Putting one foot before the other and moving forward, day by day.

I also started wondering about what other people do in their own lives to keep the faith. And what I can do to help others keep the faith when they are going through a rough time.

What about you? Are you keeping the faith? How are you doing it?

Can you use some help?

You are on a journey, but you are not alone on that journey. That’s what’s really incredible about being part of Diabetic Connect. This is a place where everybody pitches in to help share the challenges and victories. Joining together to keep the faith!

102 replies

Nitabugg 2014-03-15 15:09:06 -0500 Report

I like that, KEEP THE FAITH! Life for a Diabetic is filled with many trials…I've learned to be thankful for my diabetes and to have an attitude of gratitude vs negativity! I lean on those who are important to me in my life for support and others who also struggle with challenges. I've come to realize, there is always someone else who is struggling more. Being positive and recognizing other people's struggles and extending my help to relieve them in any ways is how I keep the faith!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-15 22:47:16 -0500 Report

Hi Nita,

Thanks for jumping into the discussion. What a great attitude. I work on having an attitude of gratitude myself. Each day brings an opportunity to be grateful for something. That's empowering!

Stay in touch, my friend.


Poodle gal
Poodle gal 2014-03-12 19:36:42 -0500 Report

Keeping the faith can be difficult for anyone, but particularly for people dealing with chronic illness or being a caregiver. In the last six years I have had some serious set-backs with my health, but I have found that trying to stay positive helps a lot. One of the strategies that I use is to read something uplifting before I go to bed—One book that has helped is The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Although it is old and, in some ways, outdated—I like the basic premise that you can change your thinking from negative thoughts to positive ones. It is up to each individual to do this as best they can. This doesn't
happen overnight or without practice, but involves work and sometimes forgiveness. I try to learn from the past, but not live in it. It also helps to remember that all of us have struggles and we need each other in this life. No matter your faith—keeping the faith means celebrating the smallest of accomplishments in yourself and in others!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-12 20:41:16 -0500 Report

Hi Poodle gal,

The Power of Positive Thinking is an excellent book! And reading something inspirational before you go to sleep is a good way to help you to feel relaxed and calm. It is an old book but the message never gets old. Keep celebrating!


gatp 2014-03-12 13:10:33 -0500 Report

I agree about friends in far places. If you live long, it's just that way. My best friends are in far-off places. It helps some that I have a phone set-up that charges one rate, no matter how far away. But still, these people remember me as vibrant and healthy. Not sure I want to change their image of me by discussing diabetes. We do discuss health in general and my friends know I have diabetes and some of them have bad things too. But it is hard to discuss diabetes and complications. I do connect, though just to hear their voices and happy thoughts. It seems that I have lately become more discriminating in choosing friends so they become fewer.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-12 20:38:45 -0500 Report

Hi gatp, glad you are reaching out to your friends, near and far. It has become so much cheaper to call long distance these days. I hope you have people in your life to talk about what's going on with your diabetes. Support is so important! Gary

gatp 2014-03-12 13:04:36 -0500 Report

I have run into a problem with my suppers. I know I am not eating too many carbs with my 500 fortamet pill but every time I have a banana or even half a banana after supper, my eyes blur. It seems that any other fruit or just nuts works much better for me.

Fairlawngirl 2014-03-11 21:25:16 -0500 Report

Help. I have some friends. But I enjoy my condo and my cat. Many of my close friends from my past live in other states (or countries-one is in Israel). You have a good day by day. My sugar this PM was 50. Last PM in the 30s! But glucotabs and a repeat blood sugar have accomplished a fix.

gatp 2014-03-12 13:14:02 -0500 Report

if you are trying to diet and so, have too low blood sugars, ask your doctor to give you some sample tablets in a lower range. It is better for your kidneys not to run too many low blood sugars. Also, maybe you are taking your medicine at the wrong time. Could you jog the time a little and prevent low sugars.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-11 22:50:33 -0500 Report

Hi Fairlawngirl,

Nice to see you. And thanks for checking in. I hope you are sticking close with your friends, even by phone. And stick close with us!

Take good care of yourself!


Fairlawngirl 2014-03-12 21:32:44 -0500 Report

I have a pump. I drop my basal insulin by 50%. But I can do the same work out. I eat the same breakfast at home each day. My sugars can have highs or lows that don't make sense. That's why I now check sugars 4 times a day. I check right after I do my work out. On occasion, also before I do. If it had been pretty low in the am. But thank you for your suggestions. My father lost his vision due to his diabetes. I try to manage it well. Are you on insulin?

jayabee52 2014-03-11 21:37:40 -0500 Report

Howdy fairlawn
That must be pretty rough on you getting all those hypos! What are you doing to visit these BG levels upon yourself?

Whatever it is I pray you get it fixed quickly!


Fairlawngirl 2014-03-12 21:34:53 -0500 Report

Thank you James. I just believe in dealing with it with regular attempts. We each get by our desired ways. I feel my thoughts and needs are just handled. I believe that you are religious in your ways. Thank you

jayabee52 2014-03-13 21:57:40 -0500 Report

when I pray you get it fixed quickly I was not excluding using medical intervention. I do not consider myself religious, but feel I am spiritual instead! There IS a difference!

Fairlawngirl 2014-03-11 21:42:17 -0500 Report

To "visit" them. I am not sure what that means. I just take step by step. My father had been blind as a complication of his diabetes. I am very lucky that my supplies are covered. Between all the needles, test trips, pump tubing, etc. Living alone, I eat pretty healthy. But when I "cheat", I can give the appropriate dose. Have a good evening sir

lorene1212 2014-03-12 00:58:49 -0500 Report

fairlawngirl my sugars are beginning to be under 200 which is ok considering what they were before because of prednazone and steroids being in meds. Been sick the last couple months with cold and flu like symptoms…
jayabee said "visit " took me a minute but I got it. Meaning what have you been eating to create such low sugars> I have low sugar when I get on track and need to take sugars 3 x a day… last sugar was 214 yesterday..
I eat pretty good as far as healthy and it could be better, food is costly especially us sugar counters.. every one wants their fair share…
Well, it was nice to hear from you… Keep sharing…

Fairlawngirl 2014-03-12 21:38:00 -0500 Report

Well, hang in there! It is (I believe) more difficult for some of us to control. I pretty much follow my usual plans, but it can be high or low. When I occasionally go out for a meal, that certainly is tough! Figuring out the carbohydrate load with bread/potato products! I do not have the urge (much) to do italian food. The noodles, that is.

jayabee52 2014-03-11 23:28:18 -0500 Report

were you reporting your BG levels of 30 and 50 in mmol/l or had you converted them to mg/dl?

God's best to you


limo-dan 2014-03-13 08:35:30 -0500 Report

Hello Dr Gary Yes i am new to this.and i hate it ,giveing my self shots.. ..Please ,,I am so sick of being sick…What i am going to say is the truth and i can prove to you, this is from the hosp its the paper from there ???dont reallyknow what its called…my blood glucose was one thousend and 96 , i take lantis and novolog. shots in my belly

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-14 16:53:08 -0500 Report

HI limo-dan,

It's good to hear from you. I know you are dealing with a lot. But it is so important to take good care of yourself so I hope you will keep doing that. I hope you will work hard to stay on top of your diabetes. Stay in touch, my friend.


Anonymous 2014-03-10 21:06:16 -0500 Report

I keep the faith-meditating, reading, working out to the beat of my music. I think of the positives! My BS last PM of 38! In the 200's after my workout. But, I can not complain. It was nice to see the sun today and go for a walk without a jacket on! There is still some dirty, old snow to melt. Another very cold snowy day is to return in a couple of days! Low of around 8 degrees. Hope you and others are hanging in there. And thinking positive

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-11 18:45:24 -0500 Report


You have a great attitude. I am on the same page as you. Each day brings something to be grateful for, and even to be happy about. We had a warm day here, today, too. And yes, a little more snow from Mother Nature coming to remind us who is in charge. 8 degrees? Now that is cold.

Thanks for checking in!


lorene1212 2014-03-09 21:27:52 -0500 Report

Thank you Dr. Gary for sharing!
I grew up going to Catholic Church, in my teen years I began going to Christian church. Now, not sure what my religion is when asked… All the years that have gone by I did not realize even with someone that I was alone.. I lived with my x now for about 9-10 yrs. Got involved in the drugs, cocaine, and so on… Now I am 52 yrs, old with no one living on my own.
I went to rehab when I was ready to. Found strength when I had to in order to go on… Survived many obstacles on my way.
At 52 yrs old I realize life is exactly what you make it… I too, deal with major depression too… many other issues.. All my life of quitting and going on, was learning too. Now, drug free 13 or so yrs. I still move on even when I am down like now.
I like learning but in easy settings not with someone jamming it down my throat but in conversation like here at diabetic connect.
Just rambling sorry..

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 21:11:54 -0500 Report

Hey Lorene!

So great to see you here. Never worry about rambling, I am interested in hearing anything you have to say here.

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. As you said, we reach out for help when we are ready. But what's important is that you did it. And look at how far you've come!

You've got plenty of company right here, so stay in touch with us!


lorene1212 2014-03-10 23:01:57 -0500 Report

Yes, they are great company for me when knowing that we never can really give up on worrying about other things, I believe, maybe it keeps us from thinking about just one prob we have???? What do you think on that? When you have other issues, we should not put out on one prob but all of them and try to stay normal? hmmm..
There I go rambling on again, ha ha ha oops so sorry..he he he
Dr. Gary you have me blushing! lol ty vm !!! lol .. This is what friendship is /// hanging in there and trying to stay SANE.
Great company here and believe that I can do this. One day at a time… lol


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-11 22:51:42 -0500 Report

Hey Lorene,

This is a great place for sharing, the challenges and the successes, and just venting when you need to. That's what friendship is all about.


elizag1 2014-03-09 14:11:50 -0500 Report

I pray rosary, learning my faith, education is so important, hope and charity.
now it is lent and a time for meditation.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 21:08:07 -0500 Report

Hey elizag1, sounds like you are on the right track with all the important bases covered. Thanks! Gary

genie1 2014-03-09 13:28:50 -0500 Report

I have a wonderful church who have been by my side from the begining though it has been about 8 years I found out I had type 2 it seams like its been for ever along with that I also have had breast cancer and my blood sugar started going up so now gotten back on track with more meds and always in fear of side effects I don't think I could have made it with my church family

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 21:07:04 -0500 Report

Hey genie1,

Nice to see you again. Wow, you have been through a lot. So glad you have all that support along the way. A rock solid foundation! Thanks for sharing here.


Type1Lou 2014-03-09 11:38:47 -0500 Report

I wish I were more spiritual and religious, but I'm not. What I am is self-reliant. I know that the responsibility for managing my condition lies, in a large part, with the decisions I make or choose not to make. A great motivator for me is keeping the diabetes complications (especially blindness) at bay after 38 years as a Type 1. I'm trying to learn as much as I can to help me make those decisions. I am blessed with a supportive spouse and good friends, which certainly help…but, it's MY condition to manage.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 21:04:54 -0500 Report

Hi Type1Lou,

Self-reliance is so important in managing diabetes. Your self-care is in your own hands, others can guide and encourage, but it is up to you to make it happen. It sounds like are in the driver's seat here. Excellent! And I am sure all that support helps.


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:02:53 -0500 Report

Good job on keeping those complications at bay. Learning all you can is great also. You are right, it is up to us as individuals to do what we can to help ourselves. I do believe keeping the faith has also been a helping hand for me though. Keep up the good work.

gatp 2014-03-09 11:31:47 -0500 Report

My dad lived to 96. His thought was not to dwell on the past, look to the future and have a great time in the present. I try to emulate him as much as I can. My mom was a depressed sort and only lived to age 60. Her whole family was sick. I really think we have to concentrate on what is happening now and what we want for the future. Thank goodness, I did not inherit any depressive tendencies and am more like my Dad. But diabetes can make one feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Here's to keeping faith in God and living my dad's way. I do try to keep abreast of new therapies and non-medical helps such as vitamins.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 21:02:49 -0500 Report

Hey gatp,

Thanks for checking in and sharing your wisdom here. Your dad gave us all some words to live by. Stay in the moment, stay optimistic about the present. Keep your eyes out of the rear view mirror.

That's empowerment!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-09 13:06:33 -0500 Report

gatp, when you view anything like it is the weight of the world on your shoulders, it WILL become the weight of the world on your shoulders. I think this is the problem for most people.

Your dad was wise. He is correct. You cannot change the past but if you are smart, you can learn from past mistakes. You have to look to the future even though no one knows what future will be.

gatp 2014-03-09 11:22:12 -0500 Report

I just remember every single minute that I can not eat like others do. I had pre-diabetes for 20 years before I had to go to Fortamet. I find the time release metformin is easier for me to handle. Yes, it is more expensive but worth it. you don't always have to eat the same number of carbs because the medicine releases just enough. I also use a product from IVL, a company that makes vitamins. Their gluco-harmony helps a lot in that if I eat a high protein meal , one without too many carbs, I can get away with just the glucoharmony and leave the Fortamet for later. I find it helps my system to get Fortamet mostly out of my body from time to rime.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:06:42 -0500 Report

I think I might research Fortamet I've not heard of it before. AlsoI think I'll check into the time released Metformin, I have been on regular Metformin for years. Thanks for your post. I will check into these options

tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:58:23 -0500 Report

I won't say too much, but I did like a lot of what I was reading and much of it is how I believe also. I was raised going to church all the time, I still do. I don't believe in any denomination being better than another, don't like to get into discussions about religion. I believe in God and I am a firm believer in prayer and I have seen what that can do time and time again. I have lots of faith, which is not to say I haven't gotten down at times, and had very little. The older I got, the more I leaned on God. My two cents.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 08:39:02 -0500 Report

Hi tabby,

Nice to see you. Thanks for sharing how you keep the faith. I am with you on this one!


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:10:50 -0500 Report

I love your post. This is me also. Yes I believe Prayer does change things I have seen this happen many, many times. If you need someone to pray with/for you let me know. You can add me to your prayer list also.

tabby9146 2014-03-10 07:42:14 -0500 Report

I believe through trials as we get older, is how our faith really deepens and we become stronger. I have been through quite a bit especially now in my 40s. losing my dad at 22, ws the rael beginning of that happening to me. my husband's 87 year old grandmother is very sick, will probably have to go back to the hospital again, and my father in law is having problems again too, he'd had two surgeries in recent years and that certain type of problem is coming back but they can be healed.

PRINCESS KIMBERLY 2014-03-09 10:14:29 -0500 Report

Knowing that GOD only gives me what I can handle keep my FAITH. I have many medical problems pass/present and I thank GOD everyday when I wake up for giving me another day. I know people pray, but has anyone ever stop and said: THANK YOU GOD FOR WHAT I HAVE!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:14:13 -0500 Report

YES. I thank Him. Like the old song goes, Once a day, every day, all day long. It ma not be what the song was about but it does fit when it comes to being thankful. Thank you for your post.

lanykins 2014-03-09 08:39:06 -0500 Report

My diabetes is very difficult with lots of complications. I am also very much alone. So I get down and don't want to go on. But I have a strong faith in God so I pray a lot. My prayers are like conversations that I carry on all day. This is the one thing that helps me get through this. God has not left me alone, He gives me the strength to get through each day of testing and taking a lot of insulin, sticking to my diet and dealing with my overwhelming sadness, loneliness and grief of my family not wanting to be near me. I wish I had one good friend, but I am relying on God to help me through this and maybe even find a friend!

Starwalker 2014-03-11 19:53:53 -0500 Report

dear lany, Your letter really touched my heart as I know some of the emotional and physical pain you are going through. My faith is also strong and I spend a good part of my day praying and talking to God just as you do. I tend to be sad and lonely frequently as I have no family at all. I am grateful that the Lord has sent me a few good friends. I pray He will do the same for you. But you do have a good friend in Him. It amazes me daily how He helps me deal with my problems. Right now I am in a Rehab center, going on week 2 after 1 week in the hospital due to pneumonia and the steroids they put me on have caused my diabetes to go really crazy, super high and terribly low. A little frightening but, each night I pray and thank Good for the day I had.I was really down yesterday & the room I am in has a view of a meadow that leads to the bay and there happily munching on grass was the most beautiful deer! She turned so I could see each side of her and then faced my window and put her head up so I got to see her beautiful eyes and then turned around an showed me her tail. It was amazing and just filled me with such joy. So although the day had been hard the Lord sent me a blessing I could truly hold on to.I'll keep you in my prayers. Linda

lanykins 2014-03-13 14:18:36 -0500 Report

Dear Linda, Wow did the Lord ever send you a blessing! The doe sounds beautiful and God had her display all of His creation to you. I am very happy you saw the "angel" that God sent to you. I am sorry that you are alone and have no family. That can be so painful. It is good you do have some friends. You have been going through a very scary time physically. I am so glad you know that God is with you. For me, that is what gets me through each day. It sounds like it is the same for you. Since I need to live in a senior center, I don't get much of a chance to meet people my age (I am 65). I haven't met anyone yet who I could be good friends with. I really do want to meet a few people and make.friends, I am a friendly person. I will stop complaining here so I can say that I am enjoying the people I am meeting and getting to here. People here can be very supportive in many ways. Your reply to me is a good example and I thank you for it. Perhaps we can become better friends here and help one another out. I will be praying for you to get better very soon. I will be working on my loneliness and my health too. Lani

Starwalker 2014-03-16 12:47:13 -0500 Report

Hi Lani, Yes it is God who gets me through each day just as it is you. I am 64 and at present, well t least until I ended up in Rehab and hopefully when I get out, I live alone in the house my dad left me. Do not really like living alone but, haven't found anyone to live with me. I want whoever moves in to be someone I know. Had a stranger who was a friend of a friend move in a long time ago and that was a total disaster!! So I have put the "roommate" situation into God's hands and hopefully He will send me someone. Hopefully you will get to meet some nice people there and will find several friends. It is hard when you are in a new place like you and I are, sometimes you have to be the one to reach out to others. I know I have had to do that here but, in so doing I have been able to make some very nice friends. Some of the older people here have some incredible life stories. I have made friends with 5 very nice ladies, 2 of whom I eat breakfast with every day and 3 whom I eat lunch and dinner with each day and they share their life experiences with each other and me. I look forward to you and I becoming better friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care and continue to trust in the Lord. Love and blessings, Linda

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-10 08:36:11 -0500 Report

Hey lany,

I realty appreciate that you checked in. And I really appreciate the other members who have jumped in with support. Please allow me to add my name to that list. You are not alone.

I can't think of a better conversation to have! So glad you have this foundation.

You have a lot of good friends right here. So stay in touch with us!


valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-09 19:05:33 -0500 Report

Dear Lanykins: I read your entry and my heart breaks for you. I have been where you are now and am proud to say it's in my past. Now don't get me wrong. everyday, I deal with diabetes and 2 types of insulin. I also deal with clinical depression, anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. A couple forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Just to name a few. But, I'm happy and as healthy as I can be. I live here all alone too. But, my faith in the Lord and prayer plus pure determination keep me going and keep me positive. It's how I keep the faith. So can you…you've found a friend if you want one. I've been where your at now and would love to share that all with you and listen to you. Try to help you too. Atleast not to make you feel so lonely. I need friends too, the more I have the happier I am. Until I hear from you and always, you'll remain in my prayers.

lanykins 2014-03-15 11:33:56 -0500 Report

It's always good to talk to people who share similar problems. Being bipolar, as I am, that involves all those things like depression and anxiety, makes things a lot harder. I'm sorry you go through this, Valentine Lady, but I am very glad that you have a good faith. Thank you, I would love to be friends. We both need them and we can help each other. I hope we can do that. God bless you. I will be praying for you too.

Starwalker 2014-03-11 20:03:39 -0500 Report

Dear Valentine Lady, Seems a lot of us are in the same boat. I deal with type 2 diabetes, depression anxiety disorder, panic disorder, fibro, arthritis like you just to name a few things. Like you my faith in the Lord, prayer, church family and friends help me stay positive and keep going. It also helps me reach out to others. You and Lany are in mt thoughts & prayers. Linda

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-11 20:56:47 -0500 Report

Thank you so much Linda. Say we should become friends too since we share so much in common. As soon as I finish this I'll look you up and see if you would like that too. It's the pits, but it seems like when one thing goes wrong a bunch more crops up to add to the situation. So, you have to keep the faith to keep on going on. Don't you agree? Hugs to you as you are now in my thoughts and prayers too. Peggy

Starwalker 2014-03-12 19:32:59 -0500 Report

Hi will be very glad to be your friend. Look forward to talking to you. Your right we are a lot alike. You right it seems like one thing goes wrong a bunch more does, Faith is what gets me through. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Linda

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-13 10:34:22 -0500 Report

Linda; I'm glad we're friends now and can share together the things we have in common. Keep an eye on your "in box" I'll leave a message there for you. Always in my thoughts and prayers…Hugs…Peggy

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-16 19:11:17 -0500 Report

Linda, I look forward for us to becoming friends. I think we share a lot in common. I look forward to posting on your personal web-site so we can share privately as well as out for all to see. Be talking to you soon. Take care and God Bless, Hugs,Peggy

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-09 13:41:15 -0500 Report

Lany, you have to let go and move on. You will never make your family want to be near you. There are a lot of people who have walked away from their families and there are families who have kicked relatives out of their fold. I have a good friend who treated her sons girlfriend like dirt. The girl had a baby by her son. She moved out of state and told my friend that she would never see her grandson until he was old enough to decide if he wanted to see her. She has tried to talk to him on the phone but because she still treats his mother like dirt, he will not talk to her. She brought the son to his great grandmothers for Christmas. My friend said she was suppose to have dinner at her mothers house and was glad because she would see her grandson. Her mother called her and told her she was welcome to come later after dinner when they were not at her house. Her son supports his son and visits him. The grandson is now 15. She sends cards and gifts but he sends them back. He sent her a letter telling her he remembers how she treated his mom. I told her she did it to herself and odds are her grandson will never forgive her. She has to live with that for the rest of her life. She also has to deal with the fact the woman her son married and has since divorced told her she will never talk to her again in life.
You are holding on to something that odds are are never going to happen. You have to let go of the past and look to the future. You choose to be sad and lonely. You can make friends if you choose to do so. Once you fill the void of sadness and loneliness your health and happiness will improve.

Life is what you make it. You have to make an effort to make friends because loneliness and sadness will send you to an early grave. No God will never leave you behind but YOU can leave YOU behind when you wallow in sadness and loneliness. You have to fix you and stop worrying about the family you don't have. Friends can become family and over time you won't miss your family.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:17:00 -0500 Report

God is always there, even when we don't know it. You are never alone and you are not alone in this. We are always here to talk to you and pray with you ( those of us who believe in prayer). God Bless You.

lanykins 2014-03-15 11:09:35 -0500 Report

You are so right Trudie Ann. God is always there. I try to think on that everyday. Thank you for being here. That does help me a lot when I get here and read the responses and postings from others. God bless us all.

PetiePal 2014-03-09 07:42:17 -0500 Report

So I'm a pretty devout Catholic so it has a lot of meaning for me. I was diagnosed at 28 and now I'll be 32 this spring. It's been not too tough up until now, I've taken the same mess basically since diagnosis-Glumetza and Glimepiride. Recently however my fasting and after meal sugars have been rising. I strongly doubt it's solely due to stress, (though I have been quite stressed by work lately ), or even my wishful thinking that perhaps I got a stale batch of medicine !

I keep reminding myself that I became diabetic for a reason…not just family history but the fact I was diagnosed was a blessing in itself, I could have suffered permanent neuropathy, retinopathy or other complications and all things considered I haven'. Being diagnosed was the best thing save not for being a diabetic that could have happened to me.

So yeah, I'm Catholic and faith plays in, in a number of ways. I attend mass more than once a week, I've gone to Eucharistic adoration, and lately I've started several Lent plans such as reading the gospels in 40 days, the podcast Pray A You Go which also serves as a very relaxing experience. Sometimes just the simple act of praying with my girlfriend puts things in my life in perspectiv…plus the fact my father is 72 and has lived with Diabetes for 30+ years and is doing well.

Lately I can get really run down and even a bit depressed mulling over how I will always be a diabetic. Despite my best diet and exercise regimens it will always be a part of my life and I feel a bit of despair because of that. "Will I ever be able to just enjoy a dessert or a meal and not worry what it's going to do to my blood sugar level?" "Can I exert myself or take involved vacations as easily as I would if I wasn't diabetic?" "Will this affect my future engagement, marriage and ultimately when I have kids?" "Are my children going to be more likely to become diabetic as well." "I'll never know what it's like to be 'normal' health wise again."

It's been a tough couple of weeks…but faith does play a large role. I'm still alive, still relatively healthy, (once I get my blood tests maybe it will shed some light on why I'm seeing higher than normal sugars), and spring is on the way. I have family, friends and a gf who's the most supportive it could ask for. She actively looks fork opportunities to cook for us healthy meals and even desserts especially because she knows my worries, concerns and dietary needs. Not to mention we don't even life together yet..the biggest "embarrassment" I had about myself personally she didn't even bat an eye at when I told her I was diabetic; I wasn't any different in her eyes.

Sometimes the people who surround you help to bolster your faith but it's important to remember that there's something bigger than ourselves whether it's God or even other people.

Bless Up!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-09 21:05:11 -0500 Report

HI PetiePal,

I really appreciate this incredibly inspiring post. You are really living life on life's terms, with a strong foundation of faith. Fantastic.

And I am so glad you have this excellent support system in place. Support is power.

Thank you. And nice to see you again, my friend. It's been awhile.


PetiePal 2014-03-09 07:45:09 -0500 Report

Just a quick end not…you gotta remember that faith is also belief without proof…and that's faith in the goodness and love of God. Some people can be quick to get upset and ask why He would allow an illness like this but God doesn't punish like that etc.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:21:00 -0500 Report

I like this post a lot, I have never believed that God does evil things. I believe that His adversary does, trying to steal us away from Him.

brusha-brusha 2014-03-09 09:24:53 -0500 Report


I'm impressed by you and your girlfriend. Seems God has sent you an angel to support you and brighten your days. There are some who might say that is pure bunk. No, to me that is realizing that the Lord acts in strange ways. Part of keeping the faith is knowing God's ways. Your writing indicates that a special person has entered your life for a reason.

Reading what you had to say, I kept thinking of a tribute I saw recently to Fred Rogers (now deceased) host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS, a revered children's TV show. There was a common thread throughout his daily shows and often repeated to his little viewers, "I like you just the way you are."

I linked Roger's phrase and your girlfriend's reactive demeanor toward your affliction right away. You are a lucky guy PetiePal to have this special angel in your life, without question!!!!

~Peace and Love to both of you

margokittycat 2014-03-09 00:15:18 -0600 Report

I am a very spiritual and faithful person.

I grw up going to church and Sunday School and when my Biolgical fathers parents stopped taking me or having anthying to do with me I lot all of that and felt like God and faith was all a joke. 8 years later I would meet my Step father who is by every meaning and definiton of the word my father. His parents my grandparens started taking me to church and I got rightbck int the swing ofthings and loved it, each and evey second. I continued to go even after graduating high school ect. When I met and married my first husband my life took a drastic turn but I kept the faith that god wod help. My husband was like Dr. Jickel and Mr. Hyde, sweet loving and caring when we were dating and living together threemonths after getting married it was drinking all the time, drugs and verbally and fisically and mentally abusing me. It wasn't until some really bad stuff happened that I go out. I moved to Nebraska where I still live and started my life over. For more than two years I did not date or anythingafter my divorce because I was scared to death that what happened befre would happen to me again and my kid's were old enough now where it would effect them to. I met a man so sweet so loving and so caring, we dated for over 4 years when he asked me to marry him my fmily loved him and so did I; I said yes and we got married a year and a half later, We went to church regularly and I read my bible daily like always and did my daily devotions. About a year into the marriage he stated being controling and possive. I started noticing changesin him and when I w at work and would try to call him on breaks he would never answer, funny because he always use to, he was farmer. I answered he phone one day to a lady on the other end asking for him and when I said he wasn't home and asked ifI could take a message she said tell him to cal his girlfriend! I said eccus me what did you say and she said I am his girlfriend and asked who I was I said I am his wife and she proceeded to tell me that he had said he had never been married and lived with his sister and her two children. She said she had been dating him for 6 months and tey had just found out that she was pregnant with his child. When I confronted him bout it he lied to me. In th winer time because there is no farming to do, he hauled seed corn and so he would live early in the morning and go to his delivery areas, one morning he left and told me he loved me he was sorry and we would talk about it when he got home that night, he never came home again. He had the nerve to com out to the house when I was at work an change all he locks and lock me and my children out wit nothing. I was pissed. It's the dead of wnter and there is a Blizard going on.. I called a friend who happened to be my husbands ex brother in law to see if he could come dig me out and help me ge in my house, he could not but had a friend that lived a mile away that could so he called him. he came and dugg the kid's and I out and helped us gt ahold of the sheriff to getmeds and clothing ect from the home and offered us a place to stay. He had two spar bedrooms not being used. needless to say I got divorced from the cheating looser and I am now married to my nigt in shinning aurmor who rescued my kids and I. My faith stays strong because I keep a close relationship with god, my friends and my family. I do lot of volunteer work and help in anyway I can.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-09 21:01:14 -0500 Report

HI Margo,

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us. Wow! I hardly know what to say. You have really been through so much.

I am so glad to hear that you found your knight in shining armor. That is certainly a happy ending!


margokittycat 2014-03-09 21:05:34 -0500 Report

Yes, It is a happy ending. It took me many trials and turbulances to get here and a lot of heart break and Bruises and other scaring but God sent me on the path he did for a reason and I trust in him. he never gives you more than you can handle.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-09 13:25:17 -0500 Report

I am also now married to my knight and shinning armor. I no longer have to put up with my ex's evil / mean ways. I know that God answered my prayers.

margokittycat 2014-03-13 23:00:47 -0500 Report

God works it may take a few times but h works. As I always say he neve gives u more than we cn handle and he knows what he is doing. I know I have learned a lot in my life from all I hve been through.