Hang in there, please don't leave

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-03-07 17:21:07 -0600
Started 2010-03-27 08:25:06 -0500

I was cruising the older discussions today and came across one that I recalled when it was first posted. It ripped my heart out as it is about a newly diagnosed person. We all have felt hopeless in our efforts to control this disease, but I don't ever want you guys to give up on yourself or on us.

Here is the story, read it and try not to cry: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/37...

I wanted to follow up on her and see how she is doing, but she has left our community. I was saddened because there is such a great group of people here who offered help and comfort.

Having diabetes is scary, but what we have here is family.

4 replies

Anne56 2010-03-27 12:22:21 -0500 Report

Hi, Gabby. I was just cruising around myself and came across your discussion. I feel sad, also, by the "severely depressed" post from August. I feel sad that this woman left the site so quickly, too. But, I read what folks responded to her, and I thought it was encouraging — just as I felt when I was a newbie to diabetes and a newbie to the DC community. I heartily agree with you: "there is such a great group of people here who offered help and comfort".

The woman came and left the site "severely depressed" — it happens. We're all different; what helps one person may elude another. That's one reason why we share our perspectives and experiences with others. "This" (self help and mutual support) is not for everyone, apparently.

I can relate to the woman's particular position of being at a distance from her daughter and wanting to help from that distance. Sounds awful. Perhaps she wanted to hear that having diabetes is a standardized experience with a standardized protocol of care that will cure the disease. I would like to hear that too, but it isn't gonna happen. And that is where we all can be so extremely helpful to each other.

The woman may return at some point. It wouldn't surprise me.


GabbyPA 2010-03-27 18:35:41 -0500 Report

I hope she does. I hate to see it when people leave before they get a balance of what goes on. Diabetes is so complicated and it is frightening. I know we all feel that way anytime a new feeling comes into our lives. That is why I love it here, I can get the encouragement, and sometimes the honesty, I need.