22 with diabetes

By mes526 Latest Reply 2015-01-25 00:40:10 -0600
Started 2015-01-24 12:26:24 -0600

So I was diagnosed last year with type 2. I'm having a really hard time with accepting that I have diabetes. Does anyone have any advice?

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lilleyheidi 2015-01-25 00:40:10 -0600 Report

I'm really sorry you got this diagnosis especially at such a young age. Diabetes is not a fun disease. I had a really hard time accepting it as well, in my late 40's and into my early 50's. I have a friend with diabetes as well, and I watched as she had to have toes removed. It didn't change my lifestyle of eating anything I wanted. I just went about life as if I hadn't gotten the diagnosis. It is hard sometimes to reach acceptance. There was a good article the other day on the stages of acceptance on diabetes. We all go through various stages, like with grief, in our own time period. I urge you to talk to your doctor about it. Tell her/him that your struggling with it. Talk to a trusted friend if your doc isn't someone you feel you can open up with.
But, while your working on accepting it, you also need to do the proactive things to take care of yourself. You need to take your medication (if your doc gave you meds) and you need to do the diet (if your doc gave you one) and you need to test your blood. You need to take care of yourself whether you accept this or not.
It took me over four years before I got out of the stage of denial, and loosing a good friend to kidney failure. It was a big shock to me, but what I needed to wake up and hit reality. I pray that it doesn't come to something that dramatic for you to accept this. If you ever need a friend to talk to just send me a private message and I'll be here to listen. Best of health to you. Heidi

Anonymous 2015-01-24 16:10:02 -0600 Report

My husband was diagnosed 4years ago and that was really hard on everybody I read everything I could about type 2 I'm a label reader and it takes awhile to under stand I found some very good books and this site I really like so far the book that really helped that I call my diabetic bible is called ultimate4 ingredient diabetic cookbook it has a lot of info in it

Type1Lou 2015-01-24 13:17:13 -0600 Report

Learn as much as you can about what you need to do to manage your diabetes. Carbohydrates play a major role in diabetes management. My advice would be to determine how many carbs you have been eating per day and reduce that amount bit by bit. You will probably lose weight and get better BG readings as a result of the carb reduction. Read the labels of all of the foods you buy to determine carb total and serving sizes. Get a carb guide (Calorie King is a good one) for those foods without labels like produce. Don't get "conned" by the "net-carb" counts listed on many products and don't think that "sugar-free" foods are "free" foods that you can eat without limits. Sometimes, the "sugar-free" or fat-free versions of foods have considerable carbs. Dealing effectively with diabetes demands some lifestyle changes but the results of making good decisions about what you eat are well worth it.

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Jibber Jabber 2015-01-24 12:45:02 -0600 Report

Don't get me wrong…diabetes sucks big time…I was at my daughter's 26th birthday party yesterday..and couldn't have any cake..any pasteries…or cookies…yeah it sucks…BUT as I have told people on this site before…"Thank God all I have is diabetes"..may sound funny but they're much worse things to be diagnosed with…things that are basically a death sentence…As diabetics our lives have to change..we have to be very careful about what we eat..we need to work more activity into our days..and take our meds…BUT we CAN very successfully manage our condition…I count my blessings everyday..I was terrified when my doctor called and told me I had to get into his office right away because my blood test results were back..The entire drive to the doctor I just kept telling myself…my grandson will remember me..but my grand daughter is only 1 1/2 if I die she will probably have no memory of me…broke my heart…count your blessings…take care of yourself the best you can..and have a positive outlook..you will be fine…hugs

sweetslover 2015-01-24 12:42:00 -0600 Report

Well, I know this sounds crazy, but consider yourself lucky that you were diagnosed at a young age, hopefully before many complications have occurred.
As far as acceptance goes, wouldn't you accept other things that could happen to you such as a broken bone or have to wear glasses? Diabetes is just one of those things that happens. Tell yourself that you are important enough to take care of yourself. To do that, you have to accept some modifications in your lifestyle—not necessarily dramatic changes. You are not a lesser person because you have diabetes. Tell yourself daily, yes I have diabetes, now what do I need to do today to improve this condition.

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