Ignorance of Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-02-10 16:05:58 -0600
Started 2010-02-08 14:48:08 -0600

" Know your enemy, even if it is yourself ".

Many may object to this but I must state this :

Ignorance of Diabetes and it's Complications is not an Option, it's an Excuse.. !

Let's help get rid of the ignorance, let's open our ears, eyes and minds and educate ourselves and others on proper care and treatment of our bodies pertaining to diabetes, that's why we're all here !

17 replies

Elrond 2010-02-09 01:47:18 -0600 Report

I'm forced to agree. My ignorance and denial nearly killed me twice. After my diagnosis, I didn't do much to control my diabetes. Even after a stroke almost killed me, I still didn't stick to a diet or even really stop drinking beer. It required a major heart attack that actually killed me to get my attention. Only heroic resuscitation efforts by a great team of paramedics brought me back from that. Now only a pacemaker keeps me going. Stuff like that tends to get your attention. Now I'm counting carbs and trying very hard to get my A1C down. My life may not be perfect but I'm in no hurry for it to be over..

MAYS 2010-02-09 05:37:27 -0600 Report


Thanks for commenting and your incredible story !
So many feel that my approach was too direct, too bold but to me it's effective, we are our biggest enemies because we refuse to accept reality until the pain and symptoms become unbearable or life threatening !
Maybe some will read your comment and admit that this is most of us (myself included) and that we must eliminate self ignorance and denial and take care of ourselves, starting with ourselves !

" Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-08 23:36:58 -0600 Report

Reality hurts, but you make a very good point Mays. For the longest time (too long) I was ignorant, I didn't care, didn't know and didn't think I would be effected by this disease and even so, I just didn't care. This was my excuse to my Dr (mom didn't care much either), "I don't care about me or the future, I don't even want to be here in the future." I think I was scared to face diabetes so I coward down to it and let it take the best of me. Well I got my reality check! I have people that need me, I don't want anything to happen to me, I have to kick this thing in the buts before it cuts my legs off or steals a kidney…

You made an honest statement, it wasn't offensive in anyway. Maybe you opened someone's eyes for them. If I read what you wrote 5 years ago than maybe I would have thought about it and stepped up to the plate and be healthier than I am now.

MAYS 2010-02-09 00:04:18 -0600 Report

Thank You Danni !

Nothing hurts worse than owning up to reality.
Our lives would be so much easier and so would the lives of those whom we say we love if we could only be honest enough to admit that we as diabetics are our own enemies, yet others suffer and we want to be the victim, well the silent victims are our loved ones and friends !

Meanwhile we have the excuses ready at hand,
I coulda, woulda, shoulda, didn't and I didn't know !
Never admitting that " My greatest enemy is myself " !

Sop the Ignorance, Know Diabetes, Know Yourself !

" Mays "

Roy531 2010-02-08 21:10:21 -0600 Report

I knew somebody once they was a diabetic he took his insulin but never checked his blood sugars, didn't even have a meter. He came and stayed a few days, poor soul drank like a fish in water and ate whatever he wanted, had no feeling at all in his feet and when they took him into the hospital, they way I heard it anyway, don't know what happen if he got drunk and gave himself too much insulin or what but his blood sugar was below 10 and he didn't make it through the night. He was a good person but did not have an understanding of what he needed to do or what could happen to him by not understanding what to do. I tried to explain to hi how important it was to check his sugar levels but he just blew off. I probably don't need to but I check my at least 4 times a day, if I feel out of sorts will check it to make sure I'm ok.

MAYS 2010-02-08 21:14:26 -0600 Report

My point in stating,
" Know your enemy, even if it is yourself ".
" Mays "

Roy531 2010-02-08 21:43:00 -0600 Report

One thing I like to do is tell somebody my fingers are sore can I borrow one of yours. No takers yet.

Anonymous 2010-02-08 17:40:06 -0600 Report

What is this crap?!

MAYS 2010-02-08 19:53:34 -0600 Report

Reality 101, many people are ignorant of diabetes there is no reason to be afraid or ashamed if you don't know !
Only an ignorant person such as yourself couldn't understand it !
No need to hide, if you have something to state you can either email me or state it with your name or report it, if you don't like it or can't understand it, don't read it !

" Mays "

Anonymous 2010-02-10 13:25:10 -0600 Report

watch it mays you are showing your true colors the ones you work so hard to hide!

MAYS 2010-02-10 14:40:18 -0600 Report

I have no colors to hide nor do I hide behind privacy avatars !
I'm upfront and outright, if you do not like what I write or my style of writing you can report it, me or ignore it, your choice
But you won't \ can't stop me, but you're comments are always welcome !

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