THIS DISCUSSION WAS STARTED SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND I JUST SPOTTED IT AND FELT IT SHOULD BE REVISITED. SO HERE ARE MY ANSWERS.
30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know – 30 Things about me: RebDee, Deena G Gordon. November 16, 2014
1. The illness I live with is: Diabetes II
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 1990
3. But I had symptoms since: don't remember
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Wearing a pump and being more conscious of what I put in my mouth.
5. Most people assume: That I was fat because I ate too much.
6. The hardest part about mornings are: high blood sugars when I am starving
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Grey's Anatomy
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my mini-med insulin pump
9. The hardest part about nights are: getting up so often to urinate so that I don't sleep very well.
10. Each day I take 10 pills & vitamins. (No comments, please)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: had a bariatric sleeve surgery on August 21, 2014, which eliminated my wearing my insulin pump after more than 10 years, caused me to eat far less (less that 1000 calories), and caused weight loss.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible illness as I don't want to be pitied.
13. Regarding working and career: I am 72 years young and retired after working for more than 40 years.
14. People would be surprised to know: I don't know if I would surprise anyone with all that I do. I am very active as a volunteer in my synagogues, my fun and fund organizations, with my friends and family.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: I am free of the pump but still do finger sticks four times daily to maintain low blood sugars.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Nothing unusual.
17. The commercials about my illness: Are few and far between and don't really show it like it is.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Desserts especially ice cream.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: desserts
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: more walking and exercises to keep the skin from becoming saggy as I lose weight.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: no ideas
22. My illness has taught me: to watch my weight, stick to a routine with eating, and not be ashamed that I have Diabetes (which almost everyone I know seems to have).
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: My secret is that diabetes is genetic from my grandparents on both sides of my family, plus caused by eating too much sugar products which I no longer do. What gets under my skin is when side comments are made that diabetes is from eating too much food so that you get fat.
24. But I love it when people: Admire that I am taking care of myself.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Don't worry, be happy!!
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: Join Diabetes Connect and listen to what other diabetics have to say and take heed that you are not alone.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: I am no different than anyone else with or without a chronic illness. I still put my clothese on the same way that everyone else does.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: Drive me to the doctor or hospital. Cook for me. Sit with me and keep me company so I would not be alone.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I never knew that there was an Invisible Illness Week (when is it?) and now that I know, I wanted to make a difference.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Like I belong and that I can make a difference in someone's life.
I AM REBDEE, DEENA FROM CHATSWORTH, CALIFORNIA. I AM A DIABETIC. I AM THE MOTHER OF 3 DAUGHTERS, GRANDMOTHER OF 5 GRANDCHILDREN, AND MOMMY OF TWO RESCUED DOGS WHO LOVE ME UNCONDITIONALLY AND I TRY TO PAY IT FORWARD WITH LOVE FOR ALL WHOM I MEET.
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