I admire all diabetics

KitKatt93
By KitKatt93 Latest Reply 2010-06-05 22:30:23 -0500
Started 2010-05-14 22:34:27 -0500

Hello everyone! I admire everyone on here who is diabetic because I don't live with it but my sister does. If you didn't already know my baby sister, Kylie got diagnosed with juvenile type1 few months ago and I take care of her except when I am in school. I have to check her blood four times a day, give her 3 shots a day and make sure she eats the right foods. IT STRESSES ME OUT! I can't imagine having to do all of that to myself everyday for the rest of my life. I feel sad for my sister because she will have to do that. All the people I have met here seem so on top of things and educated and…im starting to cry…I see jokes and a lot of "LOL" and positivity and love and that takes a load off of my heart because that gives me hope for Kylie. You are all such great and amazing people.

~Katt


54 replies

gregsteele
gregsteele 2010-06-04 11:57:07 -0500 Report

KATT the one to be admired is you! i am so impressed with not only you taking care of your sister but getting involved in this community to educate yourself and relieve your stress by doing things the way you are you will be able to educate your baby sister as she grows up so shell be healthy and live a long life your sister is one very lucky girl GOD BLESS YOU love to all GREG

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-31 05:01:25 -0500 Report

I haven't been here in around a week so I will thank everyone for your nice and kind words to me.

*Hoping everyone is doing great!

~Katt

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-05-27 20:41:04 -0500 Report

That why we are here to answer question and learn new things together. we don't have all the answers but we try to stay upbet so we can get through day by Day and it's fun to talk with people in the same situtationand with people like you. so thank you for helping and sticking by your sister.

PegM
PegM 2010-05-24 10:19:51 -0500 Report

None of us has it perfect and hopefully one day you will feel a little more organized and on top of things. I think it's awesome that you take care of your sister. I hope you realize how important this is for her and how blessed she is that she is able to rely on you. It is stressful and somedays I just want to walk away and forget it, but I like life too much. You are doing a great job, I happen to think that you are great and amazing!

bace
bace 2010-05-22 12:13:26 -0500 Report

I'll admit, I, too, have my bad days, get easily frustrated. I have to agree with Emma2412, that with Kylie growing up with this, she will learn as she goes, it will be instilled in her because of you and your families help. Good luck to her, and you for helping her learn. Try to stay positive.

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-22 08:47:58 -0500 Report

Diabetes is sometime so tough to live with and I know I, for one, every once in awhile want to throw that meter against the wall, but diabetes is not a death sentence. As long as Kylie grows up with that idea and follows her health plan, she'll be fine. God bless you both.

ginarb37
ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:35:43 -0500 Report

Katt,
You are an Amazing big sister. I so give u kuddos for the strength and the sacrifices that you show toward your sibling. Not alot of siblings would do that let along a grown adult. :) You will be rewarded in other things in ur life for all that you do now. :) I was wondering how old is ur sister? With you sister being young she will be educated and learn what to do and she will get used to it without being discourage becuz of your example. Yes, I know im giving ya big head but thats okay.. u should. I know being a mom and having two girls I would LOVE to know that mine would lead by ur example.

countrygirl59
countrygirl59 2010-05-19 21:13:45 -0500 Report

Katt, you are definately a little Angel. Your little sister should know that she has not only a sister but an angel in her life. I commend you with the upmost respect. If there is someone to be admired here it is you.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-05-19 10:00:15 -0500 Report

Katt,

Diabetes is fascinating in and of itself and how it relates to the human body and our need and bility to accept it and adapt to it.

You as a person without diabetes, takes all of this to a new level, you are, and most importantly have become a true symbol of support here to others, both you and Kylie.

Your tribute to and admiration of diabetics has taken a full circle and now points at you, please do not take any offense to this, it's not meant to embarras you, we just admire your commitment and dedication to not only being and doing as a caregiver but to also be willing to learn about and educate others on the subject of diabetes is totally unselfish.

Yes you are a hero and a role model, it's a well deserved honor, when I grow up, I want to be just like you !

~Mays~

apeape
apeape 2010-05-19 03:17:14 -0500 Report

hi kitkatt :)
it's so good of you to take care of your sister the way you do- i wish i'd had a sister like you when i was diagnosed (i'm an only child). i was diagnosed with type 1 just after my 12th birthday. i know i was much older than your sister is, but if i can help with anything, please let me know. being a teenager is hard enough on it's own if i remember correctly ;p

~ april

Rader
Rader 2010-05-18 22:29:02 -0500 Report

KitKatt93
I'm sorry if I mirror others comments but I didn't read all the replies.No need to feel sorry for us. we all go through a denial stage but We have or will come to terms with diabetes. You say you admire us. I admire you for stepping up and being a health care giver to your sister. You have it way more difficult than we do. You are basically juggling two life's. yours and your sisters. We are here to laugh, cry, listen and give advice to one another. God bless you and your sister and I look foreword to talking with you more in the near future : )

Jim

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-19 02:28:30 -0500 Report

Hello Jim. I don't feel sorry for diabetics in the bad way but I just feel sad. I see how almost everyone has come to terms with their diabetes and that's so amazing. I juggle two lives it seems, and so do all the diabetics out there who are parents or who care for someone else. I look forward to talking to you also.

~Katt

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-17 19:44:11 -0500 Report

You have all said that greatest things referring to me but you should all be saying these positive things about yourselves too. Love your supporters but love yourselves too. Thats what this discussion is for to give every diabetic out here recognition. You guys are all wonderful and amazing people!

~Katt

dietcherry
dietcherry 2010-05-17 19:02:23 -0500 Report

Hey KitKatt! I am a big fan of yours! And just so you know, you are MY hero, too! :)

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-17 19:38:34 -0500 Report

Hello dietcherry, thankyou. I never have been anyones hero before, I don't know what to say lol. I posted another topic about supporters and inspiration. But I feel honored to be a fan of yours and your hero.

~Katt

cindylt
cindylt 2010-05-17 16:27:33 -0500 Report

Katt, it sounds as if you are an amazing young woman, and truly a wonderful sister. You have not only take the initiative to help your sister but to find the support to do that in the right manner. That speaks volumes. Please know that I (we) will always be here to support you when you are down or just need someone to "talk" to. I can be very overwhelming at times, and it helps to vent or talk to others in the same situation. Best of luck… Cindy

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-17 19:29:39 -0500 Report

Hello Cindy. You are so right, I have found support in the right place. My eyes are swelling up with tears again with all the sweet and encouraging things everyone has to say. Thankyou for your support. Best of luck to you too.

~Katt

ccritch
ccritch 2010-05-17 13:14:09 -0500 Report

Katt, thanks for the beautiful words. You are an amazing Young Lady! Someone who can take care of their little sis the way you do is an expcetional thing to help her feel loved, cared and not afraid because big sis is there. God Bless you and your sis. I honor thee with great respect and mutlitudes of praises. You are your sisters Hero believe it.

God Bless

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-17 19:24:20 -0500 Report

Hello ccritch. What you said was is very sweet. I hope to learn more so I can take better care of her and with yours and everbodyelses kind words I have such great support so I can support Kylie better.

~Katt

Monsinteena
Monsinteena 2010-05-16 20:49:40 -0500 Report

Hi Katt. I was diagnosed with juvinille diabetes when I was 14. My mom was my hero because she went above n beyond to help me learn to deal with my diabetes. I know that Kylie will or already does see you as her hero. I've read what others have posted n your responses. I seen that you had said that Kylie will be cheated of eating her birthday cake n candy at Halloween. She doesn't have to be. There are diatetic cake n candy recipes out there. As for Halloween, my son's n I make diatetic candy n ask the kids if they are diabetic. I learned over the last 26 years how to manage n control my diabetes. You're doing a fabulous job with helping Kylie, keep up the good work.

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-16 21:13:39 -0500 Report

Thankyou Monsinteena. My mentioning of her being cheated out of sweets makes the situation sound lighter than it is, but that's just part of it. Of course you know because you have had diabetes for 26 years? You give diabetics special candy? That's so cool! I am going to look up recipes. I saw on a tv commercial advertising diabetic cookbooks so I want to get one of those but right now she eats light foods, not "real" meals. How did your mom help you deal with your diabetes?

~Katt

Monsinteena
Monsinteena 2010-05-17 08:04:20 -0500 Report

My mom bought every known cookbook under the sun. At first the change in diet was hard, but after a while you get used to it. I'm not big on needles n having to start using them was my biggest obstacle. My mom gave me the injections at first, but before I knew it I was giving them to myself. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 16, my dad didn't believe in doctors n after my parents split up I had passed out in school n was rushed to the hospital n I was diagnosed. Ya, I give diabetic candy. I'm now a mother of 6 boys n a girl. We make diatetic candy for special occassions. I have 3 kids that have medical problems. My family is extremely close as a result of medical problems. The best cookbook to get is Betty Crocker For Diabetics. There's a to die for chocolate cake recipe right down to the icing. I have always loved bananna nut bread n pineapple upside down cake. I tweaked the 2 recipes n created pineapple upside down bananna nut cake. I've never seen anybody that didn't like it. If you want, I'll send you some recipes including real meal ideas.
Monsinteena

dietcherry
dietcherry 2010-05-17 19:51:21 -0500 Report

Hey monsinteena-I would just love for you to post some of those recipes here in our recipe section! PLEASE!!!!!!! With diabetic sugar on top! ;)

Richard157
Richard157 2010-05-16 17:08:41 -0500 Report

Hi Katt and Kylie!

Katt, you look so young to have this responsibility. Don't you have some help with your sister, so you can get some relief and some time for yourself? It is obvious that you are doing a marvelous thing for Kylie. You are her hero! Maybe she will not realize that until later, but she will love you for your years of caring for her in the future.

Kylie, your sister is very special!!! I hope you listen and take very good care of yourself. I was type 1 when I was 6, back in 1945. Now I have been type 1 for 64 years and I am very healthy. If you take good care of yourself you can live to be a healthy adult 64 years from now, just like me.

Katt, I wish you and Kylie the very best in the years ahead!

Richard

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-16 21:07:03 -0500 Report

Hello Richard. I am not too young, I am 16 and pretty responsible. I do get breaks and get to go out with my friends, but I have been busy with school so it's hard squeeze that extra time for friends in. My aunt babysat Kylie today for a few hours so I could go out for lunch and to the mall with my friends. I'm Kylie's favorite person and whether or not she thinks of me as her hero or not I don't know but she does look at me more as her mom and don't some people think of their parents as heroes?

You have been diabetic for a long time and hearing that you are still very healthy is so comforting to hear. I see younger people on here who have problems and that scares me.

I take great care of myself. I never have a reason to go to doctors. I'm not bragging because I know people here have to go a lot. I wish everyone could be as healthy as me and if they are diabetic than as healthy as you.

~Katt

2010-05-15 23:53:11 -0500 Report

The support and information you can find in places like this site is really great and you are doing an awesome thing just by having the courage and ambition to be here! Think of all the wonderful information you can pass along to your sister to help her later on when she begins taking care of herself? That is gonna really help her and its because you, her sister took initiative to get informed. That is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give her. The other thing is with new technology etc etc etc.. hopefully she will not have too hard of a time like some of the older folks who didn't have all of that. Keep up the good work KitKatt.. your sister is lucky to have such an amazing sister.

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-15 22:07:40 -0500 Report

Everyone that has responded so far has been so kind to me, thankyou! But this discussion was meant to give credit for all diabetics out there. Type 1 & Type 2, all of you are extraordinarily(sp?) people to be able to fight diabetes. You should all be looking in the mirror and giving a pat on your backs for being strong fighters.

~Katt

2010-05-15 23:57:29 -0500 Report

Thanks KK.. I appreciate your kindness. I think most diabetics are so focused constantly on themselves and taking care of their diabetes that sometimes we don't get to.. or take the time to… express our support for others too. That is why being able to do it here or anywhere is really important.. At least to me it is.. I feel very lucky to have met so many nice people who have given me support too. If i can pay that back to someone else that is truly awesome.

Roy531
Roy531 2010-05-16 00:27:21 -0500 Report

Katt, the true credit goes to people like you who support and helps the one in your family that is a diabetic. I wish that I had someone as supportive as you are for your sister. You have sacrificed so much of your time for your sister and have given up things that others would not give up. You are truely someone I admire for your selfless attitude and focusing everything on your sister. I Praise you for the love that you have not only shown for you sister but sharing that love with others here. I commend you for taking on the responibility of taking care of your sister. You are a person we all can admire for having such love and compassion for your sister. Roy

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-16 03:45:53 -0500 Report

Hello Roy, I am overwhelmed with your kind words, I'm starting to cry again. Everyone says such sweet, kind, touching words to me and I just don't know what to do with it. I can feel the love and support here and I bet that I am not the only one when I say that I wish that I had the same love and support here with may as I go through the day.
Please give yourself credit too, just like I asked for everyone else. You are all fighters of diabetes and I am just the referee or trainer for my sister (is that a good comparison) but she is the one living it and fighting it just like everyone here.
Here's a better analogie: You are all the football players and I am the cheerleader rooting for you.

~Katt

Roy531
Roy531 2010-05-16 10:07:22 -0500 Report

Katt, you are fighting diabetes for your sister, she is not old enough to be able to understand what it is, or what needs to be done but you do understand or are trying to understand so you can do the right thing by her so therefore you are fighting diabetes, you are fighting it for your sister by I guess you could say by proxy. That is what people that support people with diabetes do, they help us fight by understanding and learning and helping. You are an Angel,

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-16 21:30:38 -0500 Report

hello Roy. I haven't looked at me as fighting diabetes but I see what you mean. I am a supporter of diabetes and my sister. Are you a type one or two? Do you have a supporter?

Dennis1963
Dennis1963 2010-05-18 14:47:35 -0500 Report

Katt,
We fight because we have to. Some of us are good fighters, and others are just learning how to fight. Along with this fight, for so many, comes worry, the feeling of loosing, and even the feeling of giving up. For so many their are high points and low points. But, it is a way of life, something we have to (learn to) live with. We don't have a choice.
And yes, diabetics should pat themselves on the back now and then, and give themselves a break now and then, because they are fighters.

But you know what the special thing is, the thing so many here can see?

Is someone who sacrifices their time for someone else, that is a great display of love and compassion.
I don't know how old your sister is but, if she is young she will remember, and your relationship with her will be (already is I am sure) strong, trusting and special.
If she is older, you just don't know how much she appreciates you (maybe she don't even know yet).
Because, believe me, most people will not do things like this consistently.

Again, we fight because we have to, Some of us are good fighters, and others are just learning how to fight, we worry, were up, were down. There are in some degrees things and feelings only a diabetic can truly feel and understand. But to have someone their sharing, helping, learning and loving along with us is a precious gift from God.

That's all I have to say on this, I just wanted to clarify my feelings.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-15 09:13:35 -0500 Report

One thing you can find comfort in is that to Kylie it will be normal. She will grow up doing these things for herself and it will just be all she has ever known. It doesn't make it less frustrating, but it makes it acceptable. As anyone born with a debilitation, they learn to cope young and just move on. So don't feel sorry for her, she is going to grow to be an amazing young lady with more fortitude than many adults. You are a great example for her as well, so together, you guys are going to do some great things to further the cause of diabetes education.

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-15 22:02:01 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby. I know that this will be all she knows and so she will never need to adjust to a new lifestyle. She will always have to be on a diet and when she is 7 she wont be able to eat her birthday cake or halloween candy like her friends. That part makes me sad because to me its like she is going to miss out on part of her childhood. Do you understand what I mean. Having to take a timeout from playing for shots and finger pricking. I cry and my heart breaks for her. I think positive but these thoughts get to me and I cant help it.

~katt

MAYS
MAYS 2010-05-15 07:53:26 -0500 Report

Katt, This website may interest you:

http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/

The amazing person here is you, you have been entrusted with a great responsibility caring for your baby sister and you are handling it very, very well and seeking to know and learn more and more about diabetes shows that you are truly dedicated.

Diabetes care and management is serious and at times tough, just imagine how tough it was a few decades ago or how tough it is on a small child who doesn't know or understand what's going on.

So look in the mirror, pat yourself on the back and smile, you are one of the most unselfish individuals that I know because you are doing all of this from your heart.

~Mays~

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-15 21:56:57 -0500 Report

Hello Mays. Diabetes is fascinating! I have learned much about the way diabetes connects with your body and I'm amazed at the way it works. It's become my new fascination.
Thankyou for saying I am amazing and unselfish. I told you before how great that makes me feel that people recognize that. But as I told Ray, this was about me giving all of you diabetics credit. I have learned how hard and complicated diabetes is and I admire everyone here. You have been a great help to me and Kylie, so thankyou!

~Katt

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-05-15 03:17:26 -0500 Report

While I agree that there are a lot of truly positive and inspirational people on this board, I'm going to put YOU right up there at the top of that list from your posting. It is and has been hard for many of us to come to terms with our disease so the fact that you are learning and sharing and caring makes you a pretty responsible young adult. There's most definitely hope for your sister, especially since she has such a loving and sensitive sister (and friend) like you. I have a feeling some day your name will be preceded by the title "doctor" or ending with the letters, "RN." Think about it!

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-15 21:49:31 -0500 Report

Oh, thank you Ray! Taking care of Kylie has showed me responsibility for another human being and it has been great for me. I don't hang out with my friends anymore but I love taking care of her. Wouldn't that be great lol, me a Doctor!
Give yourself credit. That is why I wrote this discussion :)

~Katt

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-14 23:04:03 -0500 Report

Hello there Katt! I didn't start off good with taking care of my diabetes in the beginning. Diabetes runs in my family on both side of my family and both of my parents (my dad recently though). I didn't want to accept it at first. I would keep telling myself I am going to do it. Than I would fail and give up. I was still pretty angry, upset, overwhelmed, and tired of it all. Just this year, after I hit my rock bottom of setting a BG of over 500. Along with the fact I am a mother of 3 (younger two have a life htreatening genetics disease), wife, and nursing student. I took a step back and had a BIG reality check. What helps me keep myself straight is telling myself "I CAN do it…I WILL do it…I WANT TO do this". I remind myself what the rewards will be as a result of being fighting back and taking control. I don't allow a bad day to break my fight and positivity. I get right back up and fight back. You've go to try to do the same thing for your little one. I am feeling the changes within my heart and my attitude has gotten better now. You can do this! Kylie will get better. She will have her good days and her bad but you will get through them. Here's is a couple of books that has helped me with the food thing "Calorie King" and "Nutrition in the Fastlane" There is also a couple of supportive books you might enjoy reading: "Campbell Soup for Diabetes" and there is also a few on Juvenille Diabetes. Keep you chin up and we're all here for you :)

KitKatt93
KitKatt93 2010-05-15 21:44:59 -0500 Report

500 is very high! Did you go to the ER? You have great self-motivation. It reminds me of the little engine that could "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can". You have a lot going on that is keeping you busy and you are so positive. A wonderful inspiration!
Thank you for the book recommendations! I shop online for books all the time, I will find those books and look into them.

~Katt