It is hard to accept my diagnosis of type 1 diabetes

gifmac
By gifmac Latest Reply 2015-03-02 21:48:47 -0600
Started 2015-02-21 17:16:12 -0600

Accepting the diagnosis of type I diabetes could be challenging, especially with the knowledge that you will live with it all the rest of your life. What helped you to accept your diagnosis of type 1 diabetes?


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gifmac
gifmac 2015-03-02 21:48:47 -0600 Report

Thanks to all the group members, your posts and replies have been of tremendous help to me in dealing with my diagnosis.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-24 18:13:30 -0600 Report

Hi gifmac,
I'm not type 1 but rather type 2…but I will live with diabetes the rest of my life also. I face the same difficulties as you do with diabetes the difference being I think is mine is a little easier to control. Atleast I'm off all medication now. I don't think you can do that. Type 1 is by far worse, but you can take control of it and your life and live a long,
happy life. I know this has thrown you a curve ball, but you can pull it together. Diabetes came as a total shock. to me. It took me awhile
to wrap myself around it. But I did…so I know you can too.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-02-22 18:33:14 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed at age 27 but had watched my Dad test his BG and give himself insulin when I was a child. He provided a good role model for me, so, when I was diagnosed (2 years after he died), I think it was easier for me to accept it and begin to deal with it. I was out of college and working in a stressful job but never felt diabetes controlled what I could accomplish…it was just an additional challenge to be dealt with. I'm happy to be alive, even with diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1976 and have lived with diabetes now for 38 years. I had a very successful and rewarding career and am now enjoying retirement. Learn as much as you can about what you need to do to manage your diabetes. As chronic diseases go, it is one that can be well-controlled with the right decisions about diet and exercise and with the help of a good medical team. I used insulin injections until 2011 when I began using an insulin pump. I had resisted pumping for years because I didn't want to be connected to something 24/7…now I wish I'd started pumping sooner. I gives me better control with greater flexibility and less overall insulin.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-22 13:09:03 -0600 Report

Ask yourself this question. How much value do I put on my life and health? if you value both the best thing to do is to accept the fact that you have diabetes and move forward from there.

The longer it takes you to accept the fact that you are diabetic the less likely you are going to take proper care of yourself. The longer it takes you to take proper care of yourself the more damage you are doing to your body. Diabetes will cause damage to your organs an it will cause your death.

It took me approximately 24 hours to get over the shock and dive in. I educated myself. learned to eat properly and to communicate everything with my doctor.

There are athletes, actors, doctors, lawyers etc with diabetes and are living successful lives. You can do the same thing. It is not the end of the world but the beginning of a new phase in your life.

The choice is yours and it is a choice only you can make. You are the only one who has to accept you are now diabetic, You and only you are the one who has to take responsibility for taking care of it. You an only you are the only one who has to take responsibility for educating yourself.

I can understand that you don't want to accept the fact that you are a diabetic but you also have to understand that you can still be whatever you choose to be or do with your life.

As Jibber Jabber said be greatful that this isn't 200 years ago when diabetic care was not the best. This is 2015, though there is no cure, there is better care. Please accept that you are diabetic and move forward with your life. You can do this and once you make that decision, that will be your very first step into your new change of life. Be Blessed and good luck to you.

Cat Weaver
Cat Weaver 2015-02-25 02:27:56 -0600 Report

I really enjoy the way you replied, recently diagnosed myself this was a hopeful and healpfuj response. I found out I was Diabetic by waking up in ICU DKA so I had no choice but to jump straight in, I have done nothing but research and try to expand my knowledge of my illness and body. Thank you for your insperational and well worded reply ^^

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-25 09:05:09 -0600 Report

Thanks Cat. Kudos to you for jumping right in. You are in a group of diabetics who jumped right in and began educating yourself. This is the most important step a newly diagnosed diabetic can do. The next step is as you are learning and researching, write down questions for your doctor. I do not take advice regarding my health from anyone but my doctor because he knows my medical history. If he wants me to take a new medication, he knows I will pull out my phone and check the medication and we discuss whether or not I want to take it and what it will do.

The next most important thing to do is to learn how to read food labels. If you are having problem with that, You Tube has great videos on teaching that.

Take a diabetes education class and meet with a registered dietitian who can help you with eating the right foods and meal planning. I have had people ask me for mine. It will not help them at all because mine was designed specifically for me because of my food allergies.

Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease, it can be different for each person and not everyone is on the same medications, have the exact same medical problems or have multiple medical problems. What works for one person my not work for me or you.

Each of us has to find out what works for us. I think being opened minded helps because. You have to be willing to try new foods and at times new medications.

I am self motivating and self supporting. I do not depend on any one to support me or motivate me. I learned to control my diabetes so it won't control me. I have diabetes, it does not have me.

I live life to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised. I try to keep a positive outlook an eliminated as much stress as possible. Stress effects diabetes and I love being as stress free as possible. Good luck to you and take care.

Cat Weaver
Cat Weaver 2015-02-25 02:27:51 -0600 Report

I really enjoy the way you replied, recently diagnosed myself this was a hopeful and healpfuj response. I found out I was Diabetic by waking up in ICU DKA so I had no choice but to jump straight in, I have done nothing but research and try to expand my knowledge of my illness and body. Thank you for your insperational and well worded reply ^^

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-21 18:49:08 -0600 Report

I am Not a type 1 I am a type 2…I acknowledge that it is different…I don't have to dose myself with insulin…but I do have to live with this the rest of my life..Accepting your diagnosis is about YOU deciding you are STILL YOU..you have the same dreams the same goals and the same desires you had before..and NONE of THAT has to change…NONE of it…Unless you don't accept your diagnosis…take it seriously and treat it…You look very young…and I know diabetes is a terrible thing to have to deal with…but people live with worse…and that includes other diabetics who didn't properly take care of themselves…for type 1's especially..Get up every morning ..thank God it is 2015..and not 100 years ago..or 200 years ago…thank God for all the medical science available to us…use it..and continue to be YOU…

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-21 21:47:25 -0600 Report

great answer Jib Jab!

Cathleen1
Cathleen1 2015-02-22 09:46:00 -0600 Report

I accept the diagnosis but I do not accept the disease, I believe that we have a God that heals all diseases and He will give me the strength and resources to get this back in control. I have faith in God but I also believe in medicine and doctors they were given the skills for a purpose. The diagnosis for me was a wake up call I hit reality that I knew for a long time and that was I needed to change my lifestyle into a healthy one and focus on me. I am not wasting a single day now when it comes to taking care of myself.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-22 13:13:42 -0600 Report

You have me on board when you speak of faith in God…but just because we have faith doesn't mean we don't get sick…we will never understand why God works the way he does…but I know my kids are eating healthier..and I have two sons who have gone keto and another who has eaten low carb and tossed out the junk food YEARS before I was diagnosed…for all I know I may never see the reason why the lord saw fit to bless me with diabetes..BUT I am sure it is a blessing…maybe my son's great great grandchild will find a cure for some horrible illness…and maybe that child would not of been born if my son didn't improve his health…I don't know…but that is it…we never know…THAT is what I believe faith is…NOT so much that faith will cure me…but that my condition fits somehow into Gods plan…that is it for this Sundays sermon…hee hee…

Cathleen1
Cathleen1 2015-02-23 06:54:36 -0600 Report

Diabetes is not from God, it is a disease that came into the world since the fall of man. God can heal diabetes and though I know He did not send this diabetes , I can learn from it and become a healthier person.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-23 11:59:21 -0600 Report

Had posted a really long response to Cathleen1..however I decided to take it down…This is not the place for long religious preachings…so much I want to say..but I think that if anyone wants to continue the God debate it should be done in private messages…I am a believing Christian..I don't follow any church..but do believe in the bible word for word..and welcome any private messages on the subject..

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-22 16:57:50 -0600 Report

Jb Jab,
I have a faith in God also, a very strong faith which has taken me through some very emotionally rugged places. He uses those experiences to mould me into a better person (as long as I don't become a bitter person and hardened) and He has thereby led me into some beautiful places as well. I can attest to His love and care for all His children.

James

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