New to this

By RobertsRedRobin Latest Reply 2010-05-29 09:23:18 -0500
Started 2010-05-27 13:23:52 -0500

Hello everyone,
I am new to diabetic connect. I was just told that I have type 2 diabetes last week. I am having trouble coping and learning all this new stuff that needs to be known. Any info from anyone would be great.

11 replies

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-05-28 22:28:18 -0500 Report

Hi! Welcome to Diabetic Connect. If you have a question just ask someone will be happy to try to answer. I was in shock for the last 15months. But I learn something everytime I connect here. I'm learning everyday how to take care of my diabetis. I wish you the best in learning how to live with diabetis.
Your New Friend

alanbossman 2010-05-28 08:11:06 -0500 Report

Hi,and welcome to DC. Everyone here has given you great advice so there not much i can add. If you need to talk or anything else feel free to look us up here we will be here.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-28 07:32:18 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietician/nutritionist - they can offer good advice and get you started on your way.

And keep coming back here - we can all relate to what you're going through. I was diagnosed ten years ago and am still learning and trying to deal with this!

RAYT721 2010-05-27 20:14:20 -0500 Report

Welcome. You are about to take a journey that will have many twists and turns. I've only been at this for 3 months so I am hardly the spokesperson of the group but being a newbie I can so totally relate to what you have gone through and are about to go through. Please feel free to add me as a friend and think of me as a friend. I don't think any of us have all of the answers but I can assure you we all stick together. I feel that I have closer friends on here whom I have never met than in the real world. I think everyone here understands me just as I understand you. You'll have good days and bad days. It's like a roller coaster some days (up and down) and a merry-go-round (around and around) on others but buckle up and get ready. Please join in the discussions regardless what's on your mind. I already know that one day we are students here and before too long we are teachers.

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 17:15:43 -0500 Report

Hi Robertsredrobin, welcome to the community.

Ok, first take a deep breath....let it out....ahhhh. Being diagnosed with diabetes does a lot of things and one of the first things is that it overwhelms us. There is a lot to learn and we all want to make instant changes. But it does take time.

What I did was focus on one or two things at a time. I first cut carbs way back (I did over react, but I learned) Then I also just started paying attention to food labels and got a book so I could also start to learn what unlabeled foods had in them. Boy was that an eye opener!

Then as I became comfortable with those things, I started adding menu planning and getting into routine meal times. I then added things like exercise and even just some time for me.

There are a lot of steps and a whole lot of "Ah-ha" moments as you go. Take notes, keep a log and write down your questions so you can talk to your doctor about the things you are learning.

The trick is to take it one step at a time. If you try to do it all at once, you will get frustrated and we don't want that.

Hang out with us here. Laugh and cry with us. Vent and have fun, that is what we are here for.

RobertsRedRobin 2010-05-27 18:22:03 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the welcome. I feel that I have found a great sight to learn all this stuff. I have so much to learn and do.

petals 2010-05-27 14:08:54 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome!! This is an awesome site for info and support.Ask anything, and we all will help you any way that we can. Here is a good book ,if you like to read, it is simple and breaks everything down. It's called , The Diabetes Food & Nutrition Bible, A complete guide to planning, shopping, cooking, and eating. And you can get really cheap on Hope this helps.

steadb 2010-05-27 13:50:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. We are so glad that you are here. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make friends.


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