I owe it all to being Diabetic

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-09-28 02:36:02 -0500
Started 2008-07-22 11:49:38 -0500

I have been reading about many great things here and I have come to realize that even in our seriousness and struggle to deal everyday with our diabetes, we MUST never forget to have fun. I was making a comment on a discussion and found that having diabetes made me much more active, happier, healthier, and more goal oriented. I got really excited about that.
Diabetes should never stop us from doing things, it should inspire us to do more.
What are some things you guys do that you might think "diabetics don't do that"?

41 replies

whateverdidi 2008-09-28 02:36:02 -0500 Report

diabetes is like cancer now days…everyone is getting it. i am a serious tom boy…i love to play sports, i have a neice and nephew next door and if i see them outside on the trampoline or playing baseball or football,,,i am right there. it keeps me young and i have a great relationship with them. i am the first to try anything new.

vgarrison 2008-09-27 17:40:20 -0500 Report

I made a comment to my husband the other day that maybe my diabetes is a good thing for our family. After he picked his jaw up from the floor he let me explain. Since being diagnosed our family is eating healthier and excercising more. My 3 year old was starting to "show" some the the problems of our current life style. I haven't felt this "good" in a long time!!

DiabeticizMe 2008-08-09 07:30:15 -0500 Report


I was Dx in 2004, A lot of things have changed. I am more health conscious. I watch my carbs; I didn't know what carbs where pre dx. I have met a lot of nice and interesting people on the internet through different online communities. Diabetes has also helped me find my passion and I decided to go back to school to become a nutritionist and then my CDE. I owe it all to being diabetes and all to GOD…

MISSMOOHERSELF 2008-08-09 05:44:34 -0500 Report

Hi, Gabby! I used to think we couldn't eat sugar. I found I was wrong. But more importantly,I thought I'd never be able to enjoy pasta again. But, within a plan and in measured amounts, we can. Gone are the days of me eating a huge bowl smothered in butter but that's OK because, ever snce I was diagnosed (in June), I've done everything I can to take care of myself and I feel SO much better. So this has been a real blessing for me. I'm happy I'm not on insulin yet and I hope I don't have to do that; I fear it will make my life more complicated. But if I have to, I'll try to be thankful to have it rather than be angry for having to do it. About 20 years ago, "Masterpiece Theatre" aired an episode titled "And Glory for All," about Drs. Best's and Banting's discovery of insulin in 1921. Before that, diabetes was a virtual DEATH sentence, usually within weeks or months. And you died slowly of starvation or the other complications. By the way, make sure to pick up the new book, "50 Secrets of Living with Diabetes by Those who Have Lived with It for 50 Years or More" (or something like that). It's a wonderful book, especially when you consider the older folks didn't have home BG monitors; they had to test their sugar via their urine and that's notoriously inaccurate. And if they recquired insulin, it was hard to match the dose with the food or activity so you either got too much insulin or too little. Today, we have the monitors and oral medication. And even insulin can be taken via "pen" instead of the straight needle. So we are far luckier than our predecessors!

LoriJ 2008-08-04 09:19:15 -0500 Report

I never thought about it like that but you are soooo right! Thanks for the food for thought.

2rs 2008-08-04 07:57:17 -0500 Report

Gabby - you are an inspiration to me!
I've a life-long fear of needles (still), but, after my first 10 self-injections, its much easeir than the finger prick!! After about a month on insulin, hind-sight told me that I was diabetic for several years - I feel so much better when I am paying attention to my blood sugar.
To everyone - thank you for sharing your wisdom & questions!
Peace in 2008

MISSMOOHERSELF 2008-08-04 02:39:05 -0500 Report

Hi! I've eaten so much better and I feel so much better since being diagnosed in June. And my father, with whom I live, eats what I eat because I do the cooking. I am unemployed (right now) - which is why I do the cooking. I lost my job in May after 30 years due to RIFs (Reduction In Force) and I'm trying like HECK to find something new. Hard to do at age almost 55 but I need the job for the benefits (TEST STRIPS!).
I love pasta, fruit pies, cheesecake and ice cream. The "healthy" going-out food for me is sashimi and vegetables. I do m iss Chinese food - pork buns, chow fun and lo mein but I know if I eat those, my sugars will be in the Twilight Zone so I simply don't eat them.
There isn't anything I can't do unless I choose not to do it. If I feel "funny," I simply test more and review what I've eaten. My goal is simply NOT to lose my eyesight, my kidneys or my legs. Other than that, I eat healthy but normally and now I watch my portions. My other goal is to get and stay healthy enough to trvel. I LOVE traveling. But diabetes isn't the only thing that holds me back from traveling right now. I need $$$$ to do that!

GabbyPA 2008-08-04 04:39:37 -0500 Report

I love travel too and have not done much of it as a diabetic. I know that could be very challenging. I guess if I stay off a cruise ship I will be fine. LOL

JoJoCooks 2008-08-04 06:17:03 -0500 Report

I plan to do LOTS of traveling with my diabetes. I feel as long as I watch myself..I can pretty much do as I used to. I just went to Turkey in May…FANTASTIC city!!


Elfin 2008-08-04 00:22:03 -0500 Report

You go girl, just being around you makes me feel good. Keep the attitude and the gratitude! And don't forget the curiosity and experimenting, it is an inspiration for all of us.

GabbyPA 2008-08-04 04:37:26 -0500 Report

Thanks mom, you too are a great encouragement and I couldn't do it without you to bounce even my kookiest ideas off of.

DonnaAnn 2008-07-25 04:23:46 -0500 Report

It took me a long time, but I finally got back into the swing of things.
Once I was over the resentment of being a diabetic who had to go on another diet (also on low salt!), and then realized I still could do what I always did, I was fine.
sometimes I still get upset because I shouldn't have that oreo, or eat a loaf of Itailan bread dipped in garlic oil, but then, i remember how much better off I am NOT having them.

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JP - 14811 2008-07-25 06:14:45 -0500 Report

Hi Donna,
You can have those things, you just need to plan them into your meals. If you are totally craving an Oreo, have one. If you want Italian bread and oil, have one slice. Sometimes I know it's easier to have none at all than to limit yourself but sometimes having a little of a treat helps to fend off the 'giant craving'.

Just a thought
*Judy (JP)

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-24 10:28:20 -0500 Report

I have fun and laugh often! I still have my sweets, but not as often and less of them. Most non-diabetics thinks it's all about sugar and are surprised it's about carb choices. I am MUCH healthier since being diagnosed and have more control over my health.


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rachel - 15077 2008-07-24 09:15:07 -0500 Report

tell people I'm diabetic and don't eat sweets unless their sugarfree and people always make a face and I always tell them that I like sugarfree gum, pop,candy, and cookies my favorite is Diet Dr Pepper Vanilla Cherry, the Murray cookies are great and Stover makes a great candy stay away from the Hersey sugarfree they're gross tasting to me the sugarfree hard candy is also good and the sugarfree jellybeans later gator

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 09:21:54 -0500 Report

I agree with you..I LOVE murray's cookies…YUM..I will definately have to try the sugarfree jelly beans…I LOVE jelly beans..fantastic to know that they have sugar free kinds. Where do you buy them??


Sloan 2008-08-03 05:19:04 -0500 Report

I the diabetic practice where I work as a nurse, we DON'T tell our patient's to eat diabetic cookies. We tell them to COMPARE the labels. In most cases, the sugar free have the same or MORE carbs. than the regular cookies. Therefore, if you crave a chocolat chip cookie, buy the real ones and eat just one or whatever your snack carb. count is. It is best not to eat either if possible, but we are human and we all have things that we like a lot…Good Luck and read those labels..Sloan

JoJoCooks 2008-08-04 01:22:49 -0500 Report

Yes I pay very close attention to the lables of my food. I would rather have the diabetic cookies, they are lower in fat and carbs…with NO sugar. Sugar and I don't agree anymore..and eating just ONE cookie is a bit unrealstic..but thanks for your concern.


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JP - 14811 2008-07-24 09:54:35 -0500 Report

Beware of sugar free chocolate. It has malitol in it and can cause some major 'bathroom ' issues if you get my drift. Eat lightly!! LOL

*Judy (JP)

JoJoCooks 2008-07-25 01:13:12 -0500 Report

Thanks Judy..I eat in moderation..lucky for me I have not had too many of the issues that you are refering to here..but thanks for the reminder. Have a FANTASTIC weekend.



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JP - 14811 2008-07-24 04:52:47 -0500 Report

I find that I am more knowledgable about health and nutrition in general and the why's and what's about those things. I don't find it to be a struggle anymore just another issue to investigate and get to know. I am healthier than I've ever been and I don't know if I would be if not for the blood sugar issues I've had my whole life. Back when I was first in this 'game', some 44+ years ago as a 6 yr old, there was nothing they could do for me but wake me up when I passed out and feed me to the point of making me fat.(for those that don't know me I had hypoglycemia first for years and now diabetes) Now if one of my grandchildren happens to inherit my lovely issues, I'll know how to help them deal with it, in a much better/healthier way. My youngest son is in college and is now starting to experience some of the hypoglycemia symptoms that I've had over the years :(
But at least we are aware now and we eat healthy and we exercise and we KNOW what to do. It's a fabulous feeling to know yourself and to know how to help yourself.

We are all better for having known one another here as well as we bounce things off of one another and get feed back and I thank each and every one of you for that!!

*Judy (JP)

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 05:01:30 -0500 Report

I completely agree with you…knowledge is power!! Your insight and what you bring to our community Judy is much appreciated..you give great advice :). Hopefully your grandchildren won't have to deal with this, but if they do I have every confidence that grandma will be there every step of the way with EXCELLENT advice. Enjoy your children and grandchildren…what a wonderful blessing..and also..don't forget about your "other children" here on diabetic connect…we need you too.


JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-24 09:01:51 -0500 Report

Thank you Jo! Let me rephrase that.. my 'future' grandchildren… nothing in the oven yet… my oldest is getting married in October so who knows when or if that will happen.. LOL

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 09:04:44 -0500 Report

Well you are a grandma to be then..CONGRATS on your sons engagement and upcomming wedding…sounds like fantastic fun…would love to see picture when you have them :)


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John Crowley 2008-07-24 03:18:05 -0500 Report

Gabby, thank you for your great attitude. I agree that with all of the bad does come some good. I certainly am much more informed about nutrition and health issues than I ever would have been if diabetes wasn't part of our lives.

And I think there is a certain bond that is formed with others who are dealing with similar challenges. I noticed a visitor at our church a couple of weeks ago who was wearing an insulin pump on his belt. I was almost surprised at how much I wanted to run over and say, "hey, we have a diabetic in the family too." Funny thing is, my son beat me to it. :-)

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 03:23:40 -0500 Report

That's fantastic John..and good for your son too for reaching out. That's great..its attitudes like that, that really make this world a better place. Sounds like your son..is turning into a man :) Kudos for him :) Enjoy your day.


morris.js 2008-07-24 09:25:50 -0500 Report

Jo, Yes I am back to "kicking" in class, but not as high as before. It will be about another 7 or 8 weeks before I'm back to my old form. I tore the hamstring, and popped a few tendons…LOL Next competition isn't until October, so I'm good. :-)

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 09:31:51 -0500 Report

FANTASTIC…I will be cheering for you!! I DEFINATELY want to know ALL about the competition too!! Keep up the good work…:)


butterfly_8 2008-08-04 07:13:13 -0500 Report

After being a part of this group, I believe we could teach the entire ppulation a thing or two.You have proven what it means to be a friend. We have all learned what it means to have someone to lean on.
May God bless you each and everyone.

JoJoCooks 2008-08-04 07:55:41 -0500 Report

Thank you Butterfly…its all about being here for each other..supporting each other has we fight this battle together…I am here for you too..ANYTIME.

Jo :)

LeighG 2008-07-23 10:36:22 -0500 Report

I live my life to the fullest. I don't take things for granted anymore. I
realize that I can be a "normal" person so to say..I just need to watch myself a
little more than other people.

i so agree i dont take thigs for granted now.i look at life so diff.i wanna be here to see my little girl get married and have grand babys so i am fighting the fight to be fit and take control of this.i know it can be done.i am so glad to have dc to come to to be able to talk to people and have the support i have to help me keep my head up right.thank you everyone for all your help and support and friendship hugsssss it truly does help to have great people to talk with.

JoJoCooks 2008-07-23 08:06:14 -0500 Report

I live my life to the fullest. I don't take things for granted anymore. I realize that I can be a "normal" person so to say..I just need to watch myself a little more than other people. Diabetes has also made me realize that I needed to loose weight and pay better attention to my health…My goal..is to have a healthy pregnancy in the near future..and if the A1C's are down in September…I can start trying :) I want to be around to enjoy life with my future children and to grow old with my husband. So..heres to the next 33 years of my life..and I plan to make them even better then the first 33!!


GabbyPA 2008-07-23 07:26:48 -0500 Report

Great start! Thanks for sharing. I am so excited about this topic, and I hope that everyone takes a moment to share things. It is so inspiring to hear this kind of story from all of you.

morris.js 2008-07-23 04:05:50 -0500 Report

I agree, in my case, my life has become more rewarding. Yes, there are struggles that come with it, but because of this disease, I make an effort to be healthier, and because of that, I end up enjoying life so much more. The things I do that others think I'm crazy for doing?…well the biggest is the Tae Kwon Do due to all the possibilities for foot injuries…LOL But doing that has enriched my life more, so I won't stop until there is a real physical need to stop. And YES, I do eat all those forbidden things like cheesecake, pizza, pasta, and so on…just not in as big a quantity as I used to. So like Gabby, Diabetes made me realize that if I take care of myself, I can enjoy life even more than before. So here's to a "Good Life" !!!

morris.js 2008-07-23 04:31:00 -0500 Report

And of course, without having Diabetes, I probably would of never met my new friends here on this site…so it is a good thing!!! There is always good that follows adversity.

butterfly_8 2008-07-23 05:55:34 -0500 Report

It has really caused me to change my way of thinking. I no longer leave living up to chance. I take an active part in all I do.I take great pleasure in getting rid of few pounds excess baggage,I am active on a bowling team and loving every minute.It is like I woke up and started living.

JoJoCooks 2008-07-24 03:25:30 -0500 Report

And we love having you here as our friend too John…thanks for the support..hope you are almost back to normal and are again kicking butt in your class :)

Enjoy the day.


kdroberts 2008-07-23 02:51:25 -0500 Report

When I got diagnosed I said was no reason for it to change what I do, and it hasn't really. A few minor changes here and there but over all my life is very similar (other than medication and more doctor visits) to what it was before.

Now, people who don't really know about diabetes think weird things and think I shouldn't do a lot of things. The fact that I eat chocolate, cookies and ice cream seem to be the biggest things but even just playing sports or working out hard are strange things to do.

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