question on my mind need help with answer

By diabeticdummy Latest Reply 2014-07-15 07:01:31 -0500
Started 2014-07-14 14:54:25 -0500

Been thinking talking to some of are new folks and looking at questions posted, new diabetics need like a 12 step program to cope with first year of dx is there something out there like that already or do we have to make one and try to get it out there to the people it could even be 20 steps I don't know or maybe a diabetes book for dummies easy to the point no clinical mumbo jumbo laymans terminology or did I just step way to far outside of box I just know what I've gone threw in last 2.5 yrs and how many different places to get info there is I know the resources are there but all over the place hhhmmmmm

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GabbyPA 2014-07-15 07:01:31 -0500 Report

There are actually the Diabetic Books for Dummies,
and one for meal planning as well.

Also when it comes to a "12" step idea, I use the grief concept to get through a diagnosis when I talk to people. It's different for everyone, but knowing the ways we grieve the loss of our "previous carefree life" is very empowering. Here is a book with some very practical ways to deal with loss.

I have not personally used these books, but the ratings on Amazon are very high.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 18:41:45 -0500 Report

That is a great idea however, i think a mentor would be even better. They both could use the email system here.

Type1Lou 2014-07-14 17:20:54 -0500 Report

I think it's a great idea. Back in the 1980's I joined a diabetes support group but it never really "clicked" for me. Part of the difficulty might be the range of variation in types of diabetes and how each one of us can tolerate some things and not others. There is a lot of good advice given here by a wide range of diabetics. Tops on the list of steps for me would be 1. Accept your diagnosis and determine what you can do to gain control of your blood sugars; and 2. Become aware of all of the carbohydrates you consume and determine if you would benefit by cutting back on them… What do others think are good tips guidelines?

rolly123 2014-07-14 15:50:18 -0500 Report

What if go to bookstore c if their anything out their they dummies for every thing computer so on could also go internet looks it up! What about getting the one professional that helps us on this site for advice how do or find just idea

haoleboy 2014-07-14 15:46:59 -0500 Report

Dealing with a chronic illness/condition can be incredibly stressful. It seems, at times, that the mental aspect of dealing with a disease that you know is never going away is the hardest part.

Here is how I have been attempting to cope …

Don't worry about the past. Knowing how you got it ain't gonna fix it.
You are not alone. Reach out to others for help.
Learn as much as you can about your adversary (in this case your disease).
Focus on what you can do at this moment to make yourself as healthy as possible.
Be forgiving. Start first by forgiving yourself.
Be loving. Start first by loving yourself.
Be patient. Take baby steps.
Meditate daily.

"Do not dwell in the past …
Do not dream of the future…
Concentrate the mind on the present moment."

rolly123 2014-07-14 15:41:24 -0500 Report

Think that would be helpful I took class when I was on denial overwhelm with it my mom and diabetic counselor wasn't any help if had steps for beginner and those who want start again right way how would one be started

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2014-07-14 15:24:47 -0500 Report

Yes! I have often thought that a step by step guide through the first year after diagnosis would be a huge resource for all of those newly diagnosed.

diabeticdummy 2014-07-14 15:29:32 -0500 Report

Well maybe I need to take a few classes and get something rolling my wife's has degree in psychology I'm gonna talk to her tonight

haoleboy 2014-07-14 15:17:51 -0500 Report

I've often thought that some form of sponsorship (like AA does) would be beneficial … a fellow diabetic with a bit of training that would guide you through the first year or so. I spoke to a diabetic "counselor" once and was disappointed. She had no people skills and I felt she knew less about diabetes than I did (I am convinced of it now).

kindlekm 2014-07-14 15:14:31 -0500 Report

that sounds like a great thing honestly though i did fine right after diagnosis it was after improving that i got into trouble i call it the oh the medicines working which means i don't have to work as hard diet wise effect =/ so equally beneficial would probably be a list of easy steps to get back on the wagon

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