Im 20 years old and lost in this world of diabetes

By kessler90 Latest Reply 2010-03-22 04:30:11 -0500
Started 2010-03-07 17:06:59 -0600

My name is joe. I was diagnosed with diabetes in october 2008, right after my senior year in high school. None of my friends understand it, but I explain to them what I know. My numbers are always horrible and I have no insurance and I feel poopy when I wake up in mornings and have been hospitalized several times for it and the nurse said "idk how your still alive. I just would like some help, assistance, and some support. Any replys I get would be amazing! Thanks fellow diabetics!

12 replies

izzy2139 2010-03-22 04:30:11 -0500 Report

one thing i've heard consistently since being diagnosed three years ago is that sticking to a regular schedule with your meals and your insulin is the best way to get control and effectively manage your health. i've been told to take my basal insulin around bedtime, but for me that's different all the time so I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to take it at the same time every day. that one little step really helped me start feeling a whole lot better over all. good luck bro!

Dennis1947 2010-03-19 22:21:01 -0500 Report

Well been there .. self insured when diagnosed and it's not easy..but in the area I lived ( North Sub of Chicago and in Cook County, Il ) they had a program for the uninsureable , T1's like myself and I paid $50 deductables for just about everything I needed at the time ( Insulin, Syringes and Test strips and a few meds for BP ) I tink It cost me tha ave of about $3k yr back then. Now it would be probably $5k
and you can get alot of it thru Canada now too, even cheaper..

I'd start with cking with your Dept. of Human Services..

If you're a T1 or Need insulin? Get the book "Think Like a Pancrease". Can't endorse it enough.. It takes you thru the whole process Step by step..towards both Undertanding this Nitemare and getting alot better control..

If you don't need Insulin? ck out Dr. Bernstiens Diabetic Solutions.. and of course ck on the T2 boards for advice..

rleegirl 2010-03-18 06:14:13 -0500 Report

Joe you need to get to a clinic in your area…there must be something at the school you go are young and pretty newly diagnosed dont let it get more out of hand,you can live a long and basically complication free life,I didnt take my diabetes seriously till it was too late and i am paying the price now…try try to find some help…it is worth your life..

veggie1962 2010-03-10 10:39:26 -0600 Report

Are you in school or on your own working? If you are in school, they might have a health service that you could use. If you are on your own with healthcare check out this link to find a free/sliding scale health clinic in your area:

You could also check with your local health dept, some will see adults with chronic diseases and can also dispense meds for free or low cost.

What are you eating? You might be able to feel a little better by improving your diet.

One thing you have no control over is that you will have diabetes for the rest of your life. What you CAN control (at least influence) is how LONG that life will be with diabetes! Please post with as many questions and concerns that you have! That is what we are here for! I bet it seems that it's impossible to get this under control by yourself. But you can do it with help! Please take advantage of it.

Crashnot 2010-03-08 12:51:25 -0600 Report

Hi Kessler,

Welcome to the club! Sounds like you need to get your wheels on the right track. Help us get you started out. Have you spoken to any dieticians on your hospital trips? Do you know how to count the carbohydrates you eat, and recognize which ones spike your sugars and which ones help them stay level? Are you physically active (hard when you feel like crap, I know). And do you test regularly and how many injections are you taking a day? With a few details like that, the folks here can quickly overwhelm you with useful links and experiences you can draw from.

jayabee52 2010-03-08 12:06:26 -0600 Report

Howdy Joe

There are many people here who care about you and want to give you the emotional support to live this life with D and live it to the best of your ability.

Looks as if you've already gotten some good suggestions of where to look for resources. Hope to see you in the discussion boards.


DiabetesDiva 2010-03-07 22:17:53 -0600 Report

No matter what age, diabetes is a challenge. Not having insurance just makes it worse. The city I live in has a medical clinic where all the services and medications are free. You might try contacting your county health dept, local ADA chapter or a medical clinic to see what services you are eligible for. Connect here for great support & resources. Hang in there!


griz104 2010-03-08 06:45:13 -0600 Report

You never stated weather you have type 1 or type 2.. I, myself, have type 2 and with proper diet and exercise have just about reversed it.. It wasn't easy and took a lot of determination and work but it can be done if you want it bad enough…wish you all the best and hope things turn around for you also..

Harlen 2010-03-07 18:13:37 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
You have had it hard my frend.
You may wish to check it to your state
they may cover you????
If you wish to live a long happy life you will need to get your #s right
My mom passed from not taling care of her diabetes and I will tell you frend thats the hardest way to go there is
If your state cant help you let me know and I can send you some info to peaple that can help you
Best wishes

2010-03-07 18:24:46 -0600 Report

visit, you will be amazed on the help solution you will get.

TanyaG 2010-03-07 19:05:07 -0600 Report

I understand!!! I was diagnosed when I was 25, and I am still struggling with the same issues. I do not have insurance, and the only time in the last 6 years I have was because I was pregnant. I have been hospitalized 13 times in the last 6 years with DKA and a bicarb level the nurses said they have never talked to anyone with a level so low because most of them come in a coma or dead.

One thing I can tell you, there are places like the Salvation Army and other local organizations that will help with medications. 1-888-4PPA-NOW can also help you find companies that can help. LilyCares has a program that if you qualify with give you up to 4 month of medication for free with a script from your doctor. Free health clinics can also help with medication. No matter how hopeless it all seems, and overwhelming you can make it.

rankearl 2010-03-07 21:01:27 -0600 Report

hi hang in there is there a clininc in your area ? try a human services agency in your area they can refer you for help go to the library find some books on diabetes look online start with everything in moderation let me know if i can help prayers and ((HUGSS) julie

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