What was your reaction when diagnosed with diabetes?

Amalia Alonzo
By Amalia Alonzo Latest Reply 2011-10-10 16:33:46 -0500
Started 2010-09-09 14:06:17 -0500

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!!:)

43 replies

medic673b 2011-10-10 16:33:46 -0500 Report

Mine was of complete shock. I thought ii was doing a good job at keeping myself healthy and i worked on an ambulance as an EMT-II should i not be able to see the warning signs. I tested my sugar every so often and it was always all right. How could thi be happening to me

hillwalker 2011-10-09 23:31:56 -0500 Report

hmm i found out by answering machine they called after my physical and left a message on friday afternoon that my fasting sugar was 600 something to consider myself diabetic watch what i eat and call back on monday to follow up
i ate very little that weekend and almost no carbs i swear that weekend shaved a few years off my life

IMUA 2011-10-09 22:44:44 -0500 Report

I was shocked,I shouldn't be I only drank for 22 years and ate what ever I wanted and had a family history…Even though all this falls into place,somedays it is really hard …Like when I watch my coworkers eat sweets or when they plan to see the fights at the bar…or when I can't get blood out of my brused fingers,that sucks.But my wife is great and my doctors are supportive.Plus this web site helps alot.Thanks…

tokkle 2011-10-09 22:05:48 -0500 Report

I was in shock. Not only is there no one in my family that has or pre diabetes, but my bs went up over 300 overnight. I usually have to eat right being allergice to most foods, but my husbands has Chrons so we keep a very limited diet. Since this was in June, it still seems over whelming to me and very hard to take.

ladylatasia 2011-10-09 22:00:23 -0500 Report

I was a little surprised because my blood work had always been good. This time my A1C was up and my cholesterol was up. I've known I should be more careful with my eating but the past 6 months I was very lazy and eating whatever whenever I wanted. So now I'm trying to eat better and exercise 5 days a week so I don't get diabetes 2.

robbins7eggs 2011-10-09 19:57:44 -0500 Report


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valentine lady 2011-10-09 18:22:33 -0500 Report

I was relieved! I knew I was a diabetic, I was diagnosed about 6 months before as border-line, although my blood sugars went s high as 525. They remained high…finally I got tired of the PA that was taking care of me and saw the Doctor, by demand. He did blood work and my A1C was 9. something. My BS was 498. He gave me insulin on the spot and prescribed medication as well as insulin. I knew it would take work but I could learn to work with Type 2 Diabeties. I'm still learning. Valentine Lady

2011-10-09 16:49:52 -0500 Report

You know, I wasn't shocked. My dr gave me a warning the year B4. He told me that I was border lined. But the very next yr when I was diagnosed I had gained an additional 50 lbs.!! So no, I wasn't shocked nor surprised. I kinda expected it. But when people say that "Hey, you lost 200lbs, you shouldn't have diabetes anymore." Well I still got it, and will have it for life.

berrykins0 2011-10-09 07:33:20 -0500 Report

wasnt suprised having family history of it both grandfathers a aunt not uncommon for family history to repeat it self my parts aren't diabetes guessed it skipped a genration in between. thats the way life is sometimes deal it keep it under control.

Jan8 2011-09-11 07:55:45 -0500 Report

At first, i knew i had to accept it and told myself what I had told my patients: "You are just replacing what your body canot produce" Like a vitamin. So i thought i would make diet lemonade out of a bad lemon. Since I have LADA I felt great the first year. When i finally went on insulin, I have not had a good day.

Type1Lou 2011-09-10 12:01:01 -0500 Report

I had grown up watching my Dad test his urine and give himself insulin every morning. He always had literature in the house about the warning signs of diabetes. I was working in a stressful job and had been separated from my first husband for 5 months when I started having to empty my bladder nearly every 5 to 10 minutes. I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks before I saw my doctor who confirmed that I had diabetes as I had suspected. I was 27 years old and am grateful that I didn't have to cope with diabetes either as a child or as a teenager. I looked at my diagnosis as another curve on my life's path and have been on insulin since then. I can't say that I was rigorous in my diabetes management in the early years but have learned more and more and am still learning how to better cope with this life-companion. I am trying to be much more conscientious now, maybe because each year becomes more precious as we age.

Abby888 2011-09-10 11:20:58 -0500 Report

I wasn't surprised…I had gestational diabetes when i was pregnant with my first child. That was in 1997 and my testing came back normal after i gave birth. But in 2006 i was told i was pre-diabetic. Didn't take it seriously and while in the hospital for abdominal pain in jan 2010 was diagnosed with diabetes type 2. My grandmother had diabetes and I remember watching her give herself the insulin. I just hope my children don't get diabetes

MewElla 2011-01-04 08:09:52 -0600 Report

I was totally shocked but quickly realized it was up to me to try and learn as much as I could comprehend and put a plan into action. Immediately put phone in hand and called local hospital for a diabetes information center and signed up that day for 3 full days of diabetic hints and training how to take care of myself.Since then, reading and talking to lots of folks as I continue to exercise and carefully watch diet. So far, in control with no meds and good A1C #.

Lymy 2011-01-03 23:21:53 -0600 Report

What was my reaction when I was diagnosed with diabetes? Well I fylly expected that someone in my family was inherit this condition because my Msternal Grandfather was a bad diabetic and so was my Mom. In fact that was one of the causes of her death (they could not regulate her diabetes in any form of control.

I had been talking to my Internist for about 2 years because my fasting glucose always seemed to run a little high. What bothered me was my glucose levels did not seem to bother her. She just told me to stay away from the concenreated sweets. On amother visit she basically told me the same thing only she added that I should stay away from bananas and grapes. Additionslly she said she would not treat me for diabetes until my sugar went over 200mg/dl/

Back in mid July 2009 I had an episode of some description where my stomach was ried in knots and I could not stay in one place longrt than about 1 minute. I went to the emergency room. They checked me out with all kinds of blood tests and a cat scan of my abdomrn, then the did a figner stick my glucode at that timr eas over 300mn/dl do they gave me 8 units of regular insulin.

I rested in the emergency room for s couple of hours and when they checked it sgain it was still 296m/dl. they gave me some more insulin which was scaring the heck out of me becuase I had nefer taken Insulin before.

Ny then the attending had my lab redultd back and told me other than the gkucise levek everything appeared to be within normal levels and that he was going to release me to home, but he wanted me to do a follow-up in a few days. I told him I had my annual phydical scheduled for the following week but he was emphatic that he did not want me to wait a week before I saw her again.

Anyway I went to see her about 2-3 days later and she finally started me on 500mg of Metformin 3x daily and 2mg of Glimeperide at susupper time.

On thid years physical she uppered the dosage og the Metformin to 1000mg in the AM and the same in the evening. She did not change the Glimeperide.

I was not really scared about necoming a diabetic, I was more concerned (and still am) about eating the right foods and eating the right amount of them. I was never much of a breakfast person nor lunch really, but I really like my supper . Since my meds have been adjusted my readigs are more stable and so I just codsider diabetes as an everyday occurrence now, that really does not bother me or cramp my lifestyle.

birch21 2011-01-03 23:43:14 -0600 Report

When I found out that I was a diabetic I thought a lot of different thoughts but refused to really believe that it was true. Even though I didn't fully believe that I was a diabetic I did begin to check my Bs and the doctor had tried me on one med but that only raised my bS levels so I had for some reason at some time been put on metformin and the doctor put me on it taking it once in the morning and once in the evening. I took better care of myself and had tight control of my diabetes that is untl the last year or so and have now gotten very lax about my diabetes but thankfully finding this site and all the wondeful people here I am in the process of getting back on track and making sugar-free lemonade out of those lemons.

okhi 2011-01-03 22:48:15 -0600 Report

i was losing clump of hair everyday…I was so scared to wash my hair because it would fall out in clump…so i went to the doctor and she told be i was a diabetes…I was diagnosed in 2002. I was so upset, angering and scared. i was depress for awhile and cry alot…

dsndude 2011-01-03 22:04:27 -0600 Report

I have been on the opposite side of the issue; I have received the news that a friend of mine was diabetic. I just try my best to be supportive. I have done my best to learn more about diabetes by coming to this site, and the other site I belong to, diabetic-social-network.com.

CaliKo 2010-09-20 12:23:13 -0500 Report

Shock, anger, denial. It was right before Christmas in 2008, so I had a couple of weeks of holidays at the in-laws to brood about it before I started with CDE classes the following January. Then I just got busy with the business of managing it.

Roy531 2010-09-19 10:57:40 -0500 Report

I went in for a physical, knowing what the outcome was going to be because of having to run to the restroom all the time and seeming never to get enough sleep, I could sleep 24 hours a day if they let me. But when they called me back to the doctors office and he told me I was diabetic, my only reaction was to ask, What do we need to do to control it. For some reason I was calm about it, nobody in the family has it.


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-19 09:14:06 -0500 Report

Hi Amailia! I can't possibly add any further to the wisdom and concern that you have received from your other friends. What I have learned is that the initial shock is followed by lots of different feelings, but letting yourself feel how you feel is the key to moving toward acceptance and then action. You said it all with turning lemons into (sugar free) lemonade. Acknowledging your emotions plus getting educated equals empowerment!

Beerlilly 2010-09-18 18:08:40 -0500 Report

When I found out that I had diabetes I froze. I remember being in the doctor's office and hearing my doctor telling me that I had been diagnosed. After that she kept on talking but I was numb to the world and everything that she was saying. However, shortly after my diagnosis I found this site and have been educating myself on everything diabetes. (Though, I'm defiantly no ware near done with learning.)

jwomanlives247 2010-09-18 18:08:11 -0500 Report

My reaction was "Well, I have just proven diabetes and stress are related." I was diagnosed on the same day I was told I had breast cancer. Because diabetes runs on both my mother and father's side of the family, I had always tested 2 - 3 times a year. The day I found out I was diabetic I had just been tested a month ago and everything came out fine. Because of the breast cancer my focus wasn't really on being diabetic. My husband served as my advocate and got trained and all of the information needed to help me keep my diabetes under control. I am a 10 year breast cancer survivor and I am still working to keep my diabetes undercontrol. Sometimes my numbers drop rapidly after a meal and I end up trying to get myself back to normal. This seems to be a quirk with the disease that runs in my family. So needless to say, I keep glucose tablets handy.

mo91108 2010-09-18 17:40:24 -0500 Report

When I first found out, I cried, I was in shock, but then I realized that the only way I could make my life normal as possible with this disease, was to kick it in the ass. :] and I think I am doing very well.

jeffrey9127 2010-09-17 08:03:51 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was angry with myself thinking I had caused this. But When I looked at my family history ( both Grandmothers, sister and Aunts had Diabetes) I realized that genetics probably played a roll in my diagnosis. While I am not happy being diabetic (who is?), I will make the best of it, and do whatever I need to do to take care of myself.

Pynetree 2010-09-15 11:26:24 -0500 Report

Had self diognosed it for awhile, so when Dr. confirmed it, it was not surprising. He gave me photo copy, minus the back of each page, of a Diabetic diet, a Rx for Glucophage and said follow this, if you lose the weight it will work. I then went into strong denial about how serious it was. Took me a big health scare to get real..and start taking control.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2010-09-13 19:53:37 -0500 Report

I was young and all I could think was "I have a disease? most people with diseases look frail and sick all of the time, am I going to be like that?" But once you learn how to control it it really just becomes part of life and I can't imagine life any other way and I am healthier than I would have ever been!

Armourer 2010-09-13 19:39:06 -0500 Report

Probably only one worse thing the Doc could have said to me was "you have cancer." It devistated me for the first couple of years, and after 13 years I still have moments of anger.

newbie51 2010-09-09 17:49:40 -0500 Report

I wasan't surprised when I found out. My Mom had just been diagnosed with the same thing at the same time. I was given 5 years to get it under control or I would be dead. I took my first shot and then I went into denial for 13 years. My main wakeup call was losing my left leg. Then I had bleeding in my eyes and then I had heart surgery and now I am trying to take better cre of myself.

RAYT721 2010-09-09 17:22:10 -0500 Report

I thought, "I'm a whatabetic?" … instant denial, shock, fear, anger, etc. I ran out to buy a meter to prove my doctor's lab test wrong. Within a day or two I was on google and found this amazing place with these amazing people. You are stuck with me now!!!

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