Falling to peices

By samira-nadia Latest Reply 2010-08-04 20:50:24 -0500
Started 2010-08-04 08:36:04 -0500

I've been diagnosis with type2 diabetes and my life is upside down. I'm still in denial and dont' know which to go. My overall body imagine was hard to deal with and now I'm crumbing to pieces. Where does one start to adjust to truly living . Please help me.

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Two painful feet 2010-08-04 20:50:24 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I know just how you are feeling. I was in your place coming up on two years. You need to take a deep breath let it out and relax. Just keep coming back and ask as many questions as you need answered. You will find out many thing just by checking in each day. I'm still learning each time I check in.

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GabbyPA 2010-08-04 20:46:12 -0500 Report

I went through a lot of different feelings and you will too. Most of them in the beginning are kind of negative, but if you focus on that small little light in the distance, you can work through all the sadness and fear. It doesn't make it go away, it just allows you to push through it.

At first I wanted to change everything all at once, but I don't believe there is a multi-tasker on this planet that can do all of that. So I picked a couple of things that I felt I could manage. I worked on getting bad foods completely out of the house and then I worked on getting my glucose levels lower. That became a multi-facited goal that I broke into manageable pieces and just worked on one or two things at a time.

It will take time, but that is okay. You are changing a lifetime of habits. Though some you might find you can keep...those are always a great relief.

Then it does come down to a choice. You can choose to let diabetes win. Or you can choose to make diabetes just a part of your life. Let it make you tougher, stronger, more confident. I know you might not see how right now, but you will be amazed once you get rolling, you will soar!

We are all here to help you as we can. Always remember you are not alone.

Kirla 2010-08-04 20:22:31 -0500 Report

This is what I found worked great for me.

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped lower my blood sugar fast. After being diagnosed I started to test before and 2 hours after each meal to determine how the foods I ate affected my blood sugar. After my numbers came down a lot I started testing 1 hour after eating and was able to fine-tune my diet even more. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in just a few months. My last 4 were all below 6.

By testing what I ate, I found that I had to give up all bread and grain products, potatoes, pasta, rice and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

Good luck

JanetM 2010-08-04 20:21:17 -0500 Report

I've recently been diagnosed too and can relate… Honestly I was in a denial of sorts for a couple of years. My mother & sister are diabetic. I've seen the struggles they face, I knew the symptoms but still didn't have my doctor run the tests. I finally just got tired of feeling bad all the time & started tracking my levels. With those in hand I faced the truth and went to see my doctor. I'm so glad I did now. I'm still struggling with the changes…all the decisions…all the new information…learning what my body is telling me and what I need to do to control my levels. I've had several good days and that alone is incentive to keep going. You CAN do this! Even small changes will reap rewards. There is alot of advice out there for diabetics…some great..some not so good and some just out right ridiculous. The key is finding what works for YOU. But never fear…you are NOT alone. This is a great support group here. I log in everyday to read the discussions and view new articles & recipes.

Look at it this way…today is the day you start truly living. Today is the day that you make the rest of your life about you. Regardless of your responsibilities or who you may have to care for…you have to focus on yourself too. You deserve to be healthy. Diabetes can be controlled. No one can promise that it will be an easy road but this I can promise you…it will get easier. There will be ups and downs, there will be depression, there will be denial…all the emotions that us humans are prone to…talk to friends…talk to family…talk to co-workers…you might just be surprised where you'll find support. Check your area to see if Diabetes classes are offered or if there is a local support group. And of course…talk to your doctor.

Set small obtainable goals and treat yourself when you reach those goals…but not with food…lol. Give yourself an hour with a good book or a favorite hobby. Treat yourself to a movie…even if it's a favorite movie on VHS and you have to pull out the old VCR to watch it…fresh flowers or a new plant…put that long wanted item on lay-a-way somewhere…or maybe just a relaxing night time drive around the neighborhood…1/2 an hour on the phone with an old friend…I'm sure you'll have plenty of ideas. Controlling diabetes is not about changing who you are but about making you a better you…if that makes sense…lol.

You CAN do this!!!!!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-04 18:23:41 -0500 Report

I wish I had advice on how to overcome the denial because there are days in which, even after five months, that I haven't truly accepted that I am diabetic. I can so totally relate to the fears, feelings and frustrations but it's a reality and it doesn't have to get you down. Diabetes is a condition but controlling diabetes is a lifestyle. You'll have to make some changes in order to avoid complications but they need not be overnight and they need not alter your mind, body and soul. We have all gone through what you're going through now and what you will go through. It never gets easy but it does get easier. I've taken baby steps in my approach to health and fitness. I dropped 23 pounds… not overnight… but over time. I am anxious to see what my next a1c result will be. I'm not on medication for diabetes and hope that I can prolong that. Work with yourself, with your doctor/dietitian, and work with your meter. You'll find the right balance. You will read many success stories here and someday (hopefully soon) you'll be one of them. We are a great group of people with motivation, education and inspiration. We are all in the together. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. Diabetes is not the end of your life… it's the beginning. You won't cure your diabetes but you CAN control it. We are here for you. Need a friend? Click on the photo to the left and send a friend request. I don't have all of the answers but I've got big shoulders and a genuine concern. If nothing else, I'll make you laugh!!!

Harlen 2010-08-04 09:51:56 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First stop streesing over it.
cut the carbs as much as you can test you blood sugar 5 to 7 times a day and get to know where you blood sugars are running and then you will know if you need meds or if working out and diet will do the trick.
Best wishes

mjm02 2010-08-04 09:11:33 -0500 Report

Falling to pieces: hey i totally know where you are coming from. I was newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to in sept of 09. i thought my life was falling apart as well. i weighed about 270-275. i started by adjusting my eating habits. like only eating whole grain carbs. i cut out all refined sugar. no junk food that had sugar. im not gonna lie to you. it was sooo hard but i did it and im sure you can to. I have lost 103lbs. since sept. i feel great now. i watch what i eat really closely. and i try to walk 20 min everyday. just by walking either outside or on a treadmill i can lower my blood sugar 25 points. i had to test my blood sugar after i ate(2hrs) if i had anything new. some things that contain natural sugar i cannot have either. watermelon, peaches have a horriible effect on my blood sugar. you just have to watch what you do. exercise and u will start feeling better to. i was sick for 6 years and had no idea why i felt like crap. when i went to the doctor my blood sugar was 427 and they were amazed i was still up and moving. now its right around 100 most the time and i have to say i have not felt this good in years. id me more than happy to chat with you whenever you feel the need! you can email me at maloney9@hotmail.com small. i would love to help you in anyway i can! you can do this. but the first step is trying to see a positive side. at least now you know, and you can start to deal with it. baby steps…it does get easier! i promise