Who is your supporter and/or inspiration?

By KitKatt93 Latest Reply 2015-02-05 02:58:53 -0600
Started 2010-05-16 21:41:42 -0500

Hello everyone, I realize that everyone comes here for support but I was wondering in your life outside of diabetic connect, who is your main supporter? Who is your cheerleader? Who helps you along this diabetic journey and how? It might be a family member or friend or someone you read about that is an inspiration instead.

For me it is Kylie of course. I am a non-diabetic but she is my inspiration to take care of myself and do good in my life so I can do good by her.


54 replies

jayabee52 2015-02-05 02:58:53 -0600 Report

Howdy Kitt
Right now I have to say that my fiancee` Valentine lady is my support and inspiration and once she arrives to move in with me I expect it will only get better. I think that it would be safe to say that I am her support as well as she also has diabetes and is a member of DC.

God's best to you


Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-04 18:26:48 -0600 Report

This is such a great question. it's very heart warming to know that so many people have family and close friends to help. As for me. I only have me, but my faith is strong and I do believe in prayer. I am happy and getting more healthy with every passing day.

Controlled 2012-07-04 17:52:24 -0500 Report

This is such a nice post. It's a very interesting question. I have read several of the responses and it's nice to see that many here have the help and support of others.
Unfortunately, life sometimes presents circumstances that were unintended and no amount of preparation could have seemingly prevented them. I have no one. I have managed, in fact "control", this condition on my own. At first, to be very honest, my motivator was fear. I've learned that is a common reaction to the newly-diagnosed. Following that I am motivated by health and the hope that I can what we euphemistically call "reverse" this condition. While I know that isn't really possible, I have managed to keep my BG and A1C "normal" for almost two years.

I contribute here because it is a great source of information. I recall when I was unsure of how to treat this condition and I promised myself that I would help anyone that I could along the way. Sometimes that is merely encouraging someone to seek medical attention. Other times it is simply acknowledging something they have said or think.

Be grateful for what you have and who you have. I have no doubt that you will be able to take care of each other in different ways and at different times.

TsalagiLenape 2012-07-04 08:01:35 -0500 Report

I may not have had any when I started here but now I know I have here and a few select people around my home. So I am blessed. My person for inspiration isnt a person per se, but a thought…I do it cause it ticks off the others who want me to fall on my face. They have called me a hypochondriac regarding my diabetes. Well so be it. But I am my own Advocate. You either are or not. But because I am my doctors pay attention to me. I dont want to bug them unless its the 3 month testing and etc. But when I do they take me seriously now. Hope this helps and inspires others like they did for me unknowingly! Hugs

Setzer 2012-07-04 07:51:51 -0500 Report

Um, nobody I guess. I just do it because it needs to be done.

TsalagiLenape 2012-07-04 07:57:17 -0500 Report

Setzer you may have had that in the past, but now you have a WHOLE community here at DC! I used to be like you alone with no support at all. But then I was blessed with finding this amazing website. My first post summed it all up, no support and etc. Needless to say, You are now a part of this community and we all will do what we can to support you! Stay Strong! Hugs

Jprphtt 2012-05-03 03:25:49 -0500 Report

You,know people have impathy and that can be comforting. The truth is as a type one brittle diabetic most often i face the world standing alone. Its wondeeful to hear that done of you have a mate who can accept and support. I have lost just about everything to diabetes…acceptance isnt much of a stuggle and the docs are baffled as to why my kidney function keeps getting better. Im grateful for that. Doing the next right thing is my battle and often,my battle alone. Of course everyones story is diferent. Its important to remember that the intention of love isnt always presented ilan action of support. Anybody feel me?

GabbyPA 2012-05-03 18:29:58 -0500 Report

Love is complicated enough and a chronic illness can make it sticky. You are right, love is not always able to support. Sometimes it doesn't know how or even more, sometimes we need a kick in the butt instead of a hug. True inspiration can come as a challenge instead of an encouragement.

DeanaG 2012-04-15 01:11:36 -0500 Report

Without a doubt my biggest supporter is my husband.
Just tonight we were eating dinner out and the waitress brought 2 dinner rolls to the table, I was busy eating my vegetables and looked up and he was buttering the 2nd roll. I asked "are you eating both rolls?" and he replied "just trying to help you out Babe". ;-)
Got to love him. ;-)

pixsidust 2012-04-07 08:11:57 -0500 Report

My inspiration is taking care of the little furry ones in my home. Each look to me with trust and follow me from room to room in a small caravan. If I were not here then there would be no one to care for them

Young1s 2012-04-07 10:36:06 -0500 Report

I can see it now. The small throng scurrying and hopping over one another to be the first to get your attention or maybe hop in your lap. :)

Caroltoo 2012-04-07 09:10:36 -0500 Report

You also have a number of us here on DC which have been wondering how we can support you. You have been missed, Pixsi, by me and others.

pixsidust 2012-04-07 12:42:00 -0500 Report

I have a grief in me that threatens to tear me apart

lawgal 2012-04-15 13:46:29 -0500 Report

I just joined this community but when I read your statement I felt the need to respnd to let you know I undertstand your emotion of gried that threatens to tear you apart. The only way I am able to conquer grief, and this is only partially, is to share with my friends and/or family. Then grief lets go of my soul temporarily and the threat becomes a little less overbearing. Here's to you Pixsidust: may your days become brighter, your burdens become lighter and your friends become abundant through your very hard times. Peace.

JSJB 2012-04-07 03:11:43 -0500 Report

My support comes from my wife. She is always reminding me to diet and take my meds. Even though she has her medical problems, she is alwys there for me.

Michael_1960 2012-03-10 14:35:11 -0600 Report

I have to say first of all, my mother was my inspiration, even though she past before I was diagnosed. She was a diabetic as well, and I would see how strong she was to have diabeties, and it was like just an everyday thing to her. It didn't get her down, it didn't bother her in any way. I look back on that, and it has made me strong as well. I always told her that if I became a diabetic, I would die, because I couldn't see myself giving myself a shot. When I was diagnosed as a type 2, I found out that I had to give myself shots, my faith in God got stronger. I started out with the solo-flex pen, and it is nothing, I do it like an every day chore. Now I had to switch to the old fashion way, the needle, and syringe, because, I'm getting help through the V.A. and that's all they can prescribe for me, so I had to learn to do it that way. It's more aggravating to do it that way but I manage. I hope that some day that my doctor can tell me I no longer need the meds. The V.A. did some lab work a week ago, and I haven't received the test results back yet.

GabbyPA 2012-03-11 10:38:38 -0500 Report

Parents are such an inspiration. My dad was that for me. He just did it. No complaints, no issues. He just did what he had to do and lived his life the best he could. I cherish his example as you do your mom's. I just hope I can be that much of an inspiration to my step-daughter. Hopefully not in diabetes, but in life in general.

Michael_1960 2012-03-11 11:19:47 -0500 Report

God bless you hon, and I'm sure you will be an inspiration for your daughter, just let her know that no matter what happens in life that you will always be there for her, and with the Lord Jesus Christ all obsticals can be overcome, and all fears can be defeated.

GabbyPA 2012-03-11 11:22:15 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will do that. Tonight is game night...good time to talk about things like this.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-10 14:31:33 -0600 Report

My husband and children. I have been with my husband since I was 15 and we have been married over 30 yrs and have 4 kids ages 17 to 29. He has always been a supporter and not just with this. He goes to my appts with me and on hopital stays he never goes home until I do. He is a chef so he does the cooking for me. My whole family works together to try and make it the best we can.

I also have a great team of drs and my endo has given me and my hubby his personal cell number in case I need him and he is not in the office.

ajm1125 2010-09-01 09:31:33 -0500 Report

My support comes from my boyfriend and my mom. But really, all my family and close friends have been great cheer leaders. Even the receptionist at the doctors office has been great, encouraging me even when the news isn't the best. Just got my blood test from Saturday. I'm steady at 6.2 A1C, but want it to MOVE…DOWN! I am doing fine with my weight loss, but just need to get the eating what it right for me under control. I was super strict when this journey began, but have slacked a little lately. Time to tighten the reigns, and I'm the ONLY one that can do that.

tabby9146 2010-05-23 08:01:43 -0500 Report

I guess I don't have anyone. My daughter is only 8, my husband used to take this seriously, and I've been doing so well that he doesn't anymore. He does not support me at all. no one in the family really seems to take it seriously, since I have been controlling it by diet and exercise for about 14 months now and don't have high BP or high cholesterol, A1C is good, so they just don't get it. I have only one friend who is diabetic so my friends don't totally identify.

Michael_1960 2012-03-10 14:20:51 -0600 Report

Hi Tabby, yes anytime you need support, you can log on here, and we all will help you as much as we can, they even have special groups on help that can answer any question you have, that we may not have the answer for. May God bless you, and keep up the good work and stick with you diet, and get plenty exercise.

jason123 2010-09-01 10:19:12 -0500 Report

congrats for doing so well with D. I myself replaced medication with diet and exercise 9 monthes ago. I hope your family adapted your healthy habits, as D can happen to anyone…I don't really have any friends who are diabetic, but do have a few who are borderline, I try as hard as I can to educate them about the disease and get them to change their unhealthy habits. They are very concerned about their health, they listen to me carefully and very appreciative of what I do for them, BUT NONE OF THEM IS WILLING TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE! lol…I'll take their encouragement, but afraid to hang out with them too much, espeically when out to a restaurant.

joni55 2010-05-23 11:53:13 -0500 Report

I would like to be a friend to you. I know it is only on the internet but if you want me, invite me. I would love to help be a support for you. Most of the friends I have are in cyberspace anyway.

bace 2010-05-22 12:09:47 -0500 Report

I have my husband and two kids (19 & 13) but most of all, it's come down to ME. Only ME. They can't keep an eye on me every minute of the day, so I have to depend on myself, that's why I try to keep myself educated. I have a couple of friends that are in the same boat as me, so we do tend to lean on one another, and that's a help, too…

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:47:16 -0500 Report

Ur such a Sweetie Katt.. My supporters are my IRL friends and family. :) I do also have a few online frends that also support me as much. My inspiration to get better: My daughters! I want to beable to live long enough to see them get married and have their own kids. :) My daughters are 17 and 14 so I dont have much longer to wait. but I hope they do LOL.. :)

GloDen 2010-05-19 15:29:51 -0500 Report

First, God, because where my glucose level was May 1, 2009, everyone says I should have been hospitalized. No insurance, I thank God I wasn't hospitalized. I allow myself to have a treat on occasion, if I start slipping up, my daughter will ask me "Aren't you diabetic, do you think you really need that?" And she's usually right. I have a very closes friend who has been diabetic for over 20 years, she guides me, checks to make sure I stay on track and really looks out for me. She's an anchor in more ways than one. My friend also, told a diabetes educator friend about me and she really keeps me on track. Constantly on me to make sure I'm exercising, eating right and monitoring my numbers.

joni55 2010-05-19 16:21:53 -0500 Report

You are so blessed to have these friends. My friend is so not in tune with my dietary needs and only constantly tells me I am not eating enough and sometimes is offended when I don't eat something she offers. I am so grateful to the people here. God definitely has put them in my life for a reason.

weezie1 2010-05-18 12:51:09 -0500 Report

my main source of support is God, and he blessed me with a great medical doctor who i have been with for 15 years. i have a great foot doctor who i have been with for 18 years. and my family.

Richard157 2010-05-18 10:26:31 -0500 Report

My wife has been wonderful. We have been married 45 years (46 on May 31) and she has been my diabetes supporter every step of the way. Sometimes she gives me too much support. lol! She has me test more often than necessary and wakes me up at night to test. Better safe than sorry is a good motto, but this does get a bit annoying at times. We have a wonderful marriage.

MAYS 2010-05-17 21:28:57 -0500 Report

My support comes mainly from my sons who I am blessed to see growing up and also other children that I meet and mentor of all ages.

This world is theirs to inherit so I have to make some part of it, no matter how small, better today than it was yesterday, that's hard to do if I don't remain healthy.
Knowing that I can change something or someone's life somewhat makes me squeeze one more day out of this life.

And also anyone that I can befriend or help who would like to seriously deal with diabetes instead of complain about it.


cindylt 2010-05-17 16:32:03 -0500 Report

My inspiration is my two beautiful daughters, I want to be there for their weddings and when my grandbabies get here. Brittany is 21 and engaged - they are getting married next June and my youngest Ashley is 20 and going to college to become a pastry chef. They are the love of my life!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-17 11:50:45 -0500 Report

My biggest supporter, as far as my diabetes, is my friend here, TJ. He looked up diabetes on the internet so he could learn about it and now he watches out for me, making sure I test my sugars, take my meds, go to the Dr.'s when I am sick and so on. He has hyperglycemia and with that too much sugar can make your sugars drop, so he watches his sugar intake and is always having me try new sugar-free and diet stuff.

My inspiration to do good for myself are my nieces; I want to live a healthier and longer life to be there for them.

GabbyPA 2010-05-17 08:03:29 -0500 Report

One of my best support people is a friend of mine that is also type 2. We are always sharing notes, ideas and try to watch out for each other in ways that our spouses don't get.

My dad, even though he is gone, is one of my greatest inspirations. He just did it. I so want to be more like he was. He just knew what he had to do, and set about to do it.

monkeymama 2010-05-16 22:38:42 -0500 Report

My support person is my dad. He has been such a support person and encourages me to do better and to keep going forward. I want to set a good example for mt who is now a type 2 diabetic. We help and support each other through our diabetes. We use my mom has our not to do this image in our minds. I keep telling myself this when I feel like I want to give up, " I CAN do it…I WILL do it…I WANT TO do this".

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