Insulin Dependent for 38 Years & Happy!

By mzcrowley70 Latest Reply 2010-05-23 20:01:53 -0500
Started 2010-05-09 17:38:41 -0500

I see many posts on the negative side, but I can tell you that if you manage your glucose levels and use all the resources available to you, diabetes is manageable. I have had diabetes for going on 38 years now; diagnosed when I was 2 years old. My sister.. same thing. I am really healthy considering. I'm here if anyone has any questions or needs advice…

11 replies

Richard157 2010-05-16 17:49:09 -0500 Report

Hello MZ, it is always nice meeting another long term type 1, with good control, and wanting to help your fellow type 1 diabetics.

I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. That is 64 years of diabetes for me, and I am very healthy.

Do you use a pump? A CGM? I use both, but I started in recent years. I wish I had started pumping about 20 years ago.

I am sure you will be able to help other diabetics here. Thanks for volunteering!


veggie1962 2010-05-12 20:31:16 -0500 Report

Thaks for throwing in those words of encouragement and hopefulness! I was diagnosed almost 6 yrs ago at age 42. I'm a dietitian so I know the importance of managing diabetes and am fortunate to have the training to be able to do it. All my doctors are impressed with how well I am doing and even the dietitians/CDEs I have seen have said they don't even eat as well as I do! I'm just doing all of it to (short term) feel as good as I can daily. If my sugars go much above 140, I feel terrible. Long term, I hope all of this will pay off with delayed/reduced or avoidance of complications. I wish I didn't have diabetes but I honestly can say that I take care of my health better than before diagnosis.

GabbyPA 2010-05-13 05:14:07 -0500 Report

That is a common triumph of many diabetics. I know my overall health is much improved even though I now have diabetes. I do so much more for myself now, and it is good.

GabbyPA 2010-05-11 11:29:42 -0500 Report

Oh, we need more people like you sharing things. You grew up with it, and knew no other way, so things that come to you naturally are the tips we would love to hear more about. We have to relearn our lifestyles, you have the secrets.

Angel 2
Angel 2 2010-05-12 05:04:04 -0500 Report

I just found this site by accident. I just joined. I've been a Type 2 diabetic for some time but I've not had a support group to go to anymore. This will be nice to talk to you & others. Thank you for the encouraging words! Angel 2 AZ

Least 2010-05-09 22:20:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for joining this site and sharing your story! As a fairly young diabetic (20 yr old have had diabetes since 8 yrs old), it is very encouraging to know that there are others who have made it for so long without complications! Thanks for the encouragement…


MAYS 2010-05-09 17:52:24 -0500 Report

Welcome !
A positive person with a positive thoughts and answers, you are and will be a plus to this site and others !


Angel 2
Angel 2 2010-05-12 05:10:04 -0500 Report

I'm glad to know you are so positive person. When I need you I'll contact you!
Angel 2 AZ

0tina0 2010-05-14 12:09:00 -0500 Report

I love this positive post. Thank you. I became a diabetic in October of '08 when I had my Pancreas removed. It has been a struggle at times but I work every day and have way more good days than bad. The only difference I find with me is that I don't feel good when my sugars are under 100…I feel the best from 140-200 and over that I get a headache…

greenbucks43 2010-05-23 20:01:53 -0500 Report

Hi Im a newbie , I had my gestational diabetes on the last trimester itself ,, as in my last month of pregnancy when I ended myself test my glucose as my own , I was shocked,., I was on a diet actually but my 2 months before giving birth for my 3rd was all cakes and meat sauces. i did not believe that my glucose will be up and down after giving birth,.

However,, Im okay from 2004-2007,. was my eating pattern that my glucose ended high so I started my maintainance,..,. Im on metformin only,., it is true that we have our own level of tolerance for pre meal and after meal..
I feel my best pre meal or after meal between 140 pre meal and after meal 200.