Don't Fear Diabetes. Make Diabetes Fear you!

By markjohn1 Latest Reply 2013-06-28 15:28:51 -0500
Started 2009-04-30 17:18:58 -0500

I made this statement the other night on the radio show and at the time didn't realize the impact it would have on many diabetics.

I often wonder how many people come out and say, they love their diabetes or they hate their diabetes. Mostly I hear the "H" word from all and once in a while I hear the "L" word form some. I have even read it in blogs or heard it on video blogs but in all the time I have been around I can't recall anyone using the "F" word.

Well now I have and all of us have. I thought about it after I said it and for a second said where id that come from. I hadn't used it yet on any of my prior broadcast nor blogs. I hadn't used it in any communication like e-mail or letter writing. So it just came to me while doing the show.

Actually a great deal of times while I am talking on the show something, a thought or idea will come to me and I blurt it out on the show and wait for the outcome later. Sometimes with great success, other times I don't even want to go there.

So here we are now with my new thought/idea, Don't Fear Diabetes. Make Diabetes Fear You!

How do you feel about that statement?

What I would like before I give you my deeper meaning of that statement, is to hear from this community what you think and what it means to you. Then I will give my you my meaning of this statement.

Thanks and I look forward to your comments

20 replies

tabby9146 2013-06-28 15:15:33 -0500 Report

I love that statement! I have never let fear grip me or get a big hold on me, in the beginning I was fearful but only for a short time. I just was determined, I lost the weight, I got off the pills, not everyone can, I wish everyone could, but I did the best I could, and luckily, I had a good outcome, so far, so good. But even when it begins to change, I will stay strong

markjohn1 2013-06-28 15:28:51 -0500 Report

Hi Tabby,

Thank you. I've been laying low on the diabetes front for some time now. Your comment made me feel good and brought me back out in the open to address some things.

If you want something else to feel good about think of this word and tell how it makes you feel? I came up wit this word about 3 years ago when diabetes had me down. I mentioned to people in a blog and on the radio show and I had people laughing and using it all the time. I haven't used it much but I am going to again. Patti my wife even wrote a poem about it which I need to dig up and post again.

"Diabetariffic" as in I am feeling…

GabbyPA 2009-05-01 15:10:29 -0500 Report

Determination is one of the things that diabetes had taught me, and this is another way to put it. It is a grit your teeth and jump in and make a difference kind of feeling. I like that diabetes can be "afraid' of me. I like that it can leave me alone as I am being the one in charge. This is a great concept and one that we as fighters need to keep close to our hearts.

maxcats 2009-05-01 15:52:12 -0500 Report

Making diabetes afraid of me..I like that a lot. I get afraid of my diet so often and afraid of my insulin levels and what being on insulin means to my physical future. But if I can grab ahold of these fears and give them a good shake…everything I do for myself will just be the best I can do. Thank you Gabby

markjohn1 2009-05-01 14:56:23 -0500 Report

See we all have ways of dealing with this issue and we all fear certain aspects of Diabetes. No one wants to lose a leg or go blind and that is the far it puts in us that we should fear. Then there is the fear that keeps us from going out of the house or from going out with friends or eating a certain food. That is the fear that we need to counter. Not that we shouldn't try to counter that also, but that fear should always be in the back of our mind to keep us on guard and watching out for ourselves.

Of course fear is all around us all the time and no matter what it is something that is in our lives daily, but we can make anything that makes us fear it, fear us.

So always keep that in mind!

Antique-Dave 2009-05-01 14:13:40 -0500 Report

A little adversity is good for the soul is one of the things I have always said to my kids. I've fought enough battles or demons in different arenas that when I was told the results of the test I saw it as one more beast that has come into to my life trying to take something from me.

My wife said I was pretty angry for a couple days, and she also said I had two days to feel sorry for myself. I'm trying to ration it out, I figure thats 48 hours and I'm going to take advantage of every minute :^)

Life spins on a dime, What happens doesn't matter, what you decide to do about it does, are a couple of my basic beliefs about life. When something happens in my life I try to ask myself What an I supposed to learn from this?

Sometimes its damned hard to ask and answer but it helps me frame things in a way that makes more sense (usually)

I fear some of the complications of diabetes, going blind or losing my feet rank right up there with experiences that I don't want to have. Should diabetes fear me? It should, I've got a hammer and I'm going to pound it every chance I get.

I started to make changes in my life the first day I found out, and I continue to adapt, and learn and will for the rest of my long life. Diabetes is a coward that hates the light that comes from knowledge, of friends, and fellowship.

Sally 2009-05-01 10:08:01 -0500 Report

The way I look at it, you can either run from it or embrace it. I have done my best to embrace mine and take it day by day. I still have days where fear creeps in, but I don't let it stay for long.

Anonymous 2009-05-01 09:41:16 -0500 Report

Yeah I do fear it. It has already destroyed my life. And even though I've had it just over 2 years (type 1) the complications are already mounting up.

alwaystryin 2009-05-01 09:48:20 -0500 Report

I must also be honest here, as far as this topic. Even though every ounce of outer being says do not fear IT, IT scares the heck out of me, and I am only a Caregiver. My Wife's numbers have been way off the chart and out of control this past couple of weeks. Why? because all of our expenses are out of pocket!!

So I understand why it scares you, and it is true however, you are certainly not alone. Just yesterday the Head of the San Diego chapter of the ADA reported that now 1 in 10 Americans have been diagnosed. And that works out to about 33 million people! and that is only the figure of Americans that completed the last US Census!

God bless, and my prayers are with you.


Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-05-01 09:02:39 -0500 Report

I am still new in this arena, but at the moment I do not fear this disease. I do totally respect it as my first 'real' job was on a diabetic ward in a hospital. So I actually saw and helped treat what could happen.
It made me rethink my lifestyle. I am obese and one lazy old gal. So, kicked myself in the posterior and started changing things immediately. Did the obligatory meetings with various doctors, diabetic educators, books, meetings, support groups, etc. Exercise, diet, etc. It is my lifestyle now.
It is a new challenge and I know I can handle it. Which is not to deny that I will have my down moments, but I realize that they will pass.
If it is to be, it is up to me.
I am fighting it tooth and nail with every tool I can find, inc mental attitude.
Believe me, there are worse things to have happen.
A hug to all who needs it today.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-01 08:18:01 -0500 Report

I love diabetes because I am not letting it control me I am controlling it! I want to add, diabetes is only part of me and I will not let it control me or stop me from doing things I want to do.

I remember the first time I was gestational I shriveled up into a cocoon. I did not allow my self to do and go places that would alter my rigid eating routine. Diabetes controlled me. Today I will not allow myself to let this control the next 40 of 50 years of my life. So the disease (glucose meter, ID bracelet & healthy snacks) will along for my life ride!

cakeybakes 2009-04-30 21:45:49 -0500 Report

What a great way to look at such a frightening thing! I have to make sure and tell myself this from now on. It's nice to know that I have that much power over something that I previously thought I could never control (slowly learning it's all in my hands). I HATE diabetes because I know it will take my life some day (hopefully not for 40+ years). I LOVE diabetes because I am taking better care of myself and teaching my family to take care of themselves too. I FEAR it because I know how easy it is to lose control. I think now I have to make it FEAR ME because I know how to control it! (Now, I just have to practice more self-discipline.)

markjohn1 2009-04-30 23:19:04 -0500 Report

Thank you. It just seems to work for me and others I have told about it. I love having this discussion with people who seem to be down and just have lost faith.

It just takes a few minutes to get them back on track with that thought in their head.

Keep the positive outlook

cyncyn 2009-04-30 21:15:47 -0500 Report

this reminds me of a commerical i've seen. patty labelle saying, "diabetes doesn't have me, i have diabetes". my son who was diagnoised recently with Type II, now that he knows, he is eating better, feeling better. said," Now i have a good reason to eat right. he doesn't think of it, as a disease, he thinks of it, as just doing things right. pretty good outlook!

markjohn1 2009-04-30 23:17:52 -0500 Report

Great outlook and the way to be. I like that!

cyncyn 2009-05-01 09:58:16 -0500 Report

yes, this is great. now, if i could get my mother-in-law to see this, the same way. but she just dwells on the ,"i can't eat the way i want too".but i will keep tryin'

alwaystryin 2009-04-30 18:18:49 -0500 Report

This is the most profoundly great way to say what needs to be said. And coming from you, people should take notice and of course let's hear what everyone thinks!

markjohn1 2009-04-30 23:16:58 -0500 Report

Thanks. I appreciate the cudos. The bottom line is this. To live with this disease and not let it run your life it needs to know you have no fear of whatever it brings you in life. Whether it is a blood low or high you go on and even if you frighten it for one hour it is in fear of you now. Every time it rears its head you get it in check with fear.

Works all the time. It just has to be practiced and believed.