How did you feel when you found out you were a Diabetic?

Angel 73185
By Angel 73185 Latest Reply 2010-10-20 16:49:43 -0500
Started 2010-10-07 18:19:44 -0500

Hello every one my Name is Angel,

I was just told on the 5th of this month that i was aType 2 diabetic. I got my first shot of insulin in the arm. This is all so new to me and very over whelming. Now i will be learning what i can and can't eat. I am very sad i know it's not the end of the world i just feel so over whelmed and sad.

32 replies

gueda46 2010-10-20 16:49:43 -0500 Report

I found out in February of this year, and I couldn't believe it! I tried so hard not to be my mother. She got Diabetes in her forties as did I. I saw her go from meds to insulin to dialysis. I am refusing to go there. I was in denial, and I think to some point still am. I eat healthy when I do eat, but I don't eat if I am not hungry. I can't exercise a lot because I have a herniated disc and arthritis in my right knee. It hurts like a "mother bee". If I sit too long my leg goes numb from my toes to my buttom, and I can feel it. If I stand too long then when I sit, I have issues with my lower back and tail bone.

I just live from day to day and hope for the best!


RockyMtnGal 2010-10-20 15:35:25 -0500 Report

I found out when I was pregnant — I had gestational DM. It was 2 weeks before Christmas. In such a happy season I was sad, depressed; all I could think was that I was harming my baby. However, with some research, the diet change, a little insulin and will power, I had a wonderful last trimester and a healthy happy baby boy.

Then of course it was only 2 years later I was Dx Pre-D. I was overwhelmed too. I wasn't very overweight, ate relatively healthy and was pretty active so it was my wake-up call that I had to continue being vigilant to prolong the inevitable T2 Dx.

Now, I have made progress and I continue to look to my family for my inspiration to fight. Though I have to say that I am also happy to have found DC as well. It is comforting being able to hear it from others that have the same struggles first-hand.

echowit 2010-10-18 20:39:32 -0500 Report

You used "over whelm" twice and I think it a perfect description for a lot of us.

I found I was Type 2 as a result of blood tests monitoring my stratospheric cholesterol. Lipid & other cardio numbers were down, liver was OK — It seemed I was getting my medical problems in order when WHAM, something else!

That was just this last summer and I guess I'm OK with it now.

Don't know if one ever 'accepts' it completely, but with the help of great sites like this and the great people you find here you'll cope.

Then, if you really listen to them, you'll get better. I know they've helped me.

I use them shamelessly — every time I feel I need a boost I log on, read and, of late, comment where I can.

Glad you joined, They (I guess I mean We) will be here for you.

shorty31 2010-10-14 20:54:45 -0500 Report

i was mad i knew when i told people some would blame me and put me down. so by then i was depressed.

gogobob 2010-10-14 20:33:41 -0500 Report

Back when I found out I was MAD at myself then at the world. they gave me a deit to follow and no instructions so when it said 1 veggtable I took it as one pea or one corn kernal I was so out of wack before I found out how to follow a diet. Now it has been 35 years and I have very little complcations some but no major ones. the big problem I have now is I am also a parkinsons person so it plays heck with the diabeties I run in my sleep so it drops my levels. I run so much I wear holes in my sheets in a month. being a typical batchler it is like ok time to do the laundry so the sheets go in the trash.LOL

goldie111 2010-10-10 09:16:04 -0500 Report

I was very ill with e coli and hospitalized when I found out i was a diabetic. I was confused and angry that I would have to give up my Pepsi's. I was a cash pay so no educators for me. That meant of course I would make many mistakes and have to learn on my own how to manage diet and exercise. It changed my life for a while because I always had to think about what to eat and what would it do to me. Never cared for bread and now wanting to eat it all the time. What a head game. It was me against the food…Going to the grocery store made me cry when I would read the labels. All of those carbs..When I started to feel better I was happy to have introduced different eating habits…and my lifestyle? I travel the world many times a year, have a full time practice, own my own businesses, am a provost of a bible college, am a writer, produce TV programs… and on and on. I do so much now because I feel good! My food choices are healthier and I eat great tasting food. Now I could not even think of Pepsi's without cringing. Diabetes does not have to stop your life, you just have to pay attention to yourself and manage YOU more.

joethecat 2010-10-20 03:56:32 -0500 Report

So glad to see to see your post. I also have no insurance. Have been relying on the library to get me started. Just found out a couple of months ago and am trying to lose weight and have made major changes in how I eat. I work in a pizza shop and it is like a nightmare everytime I am there. I love it all but take my own food. Once in awhile I slip up and have some pizza but it is on a wheat burrito I bring in with very little sauce or cheese.
I see the doctor in 2 weeks. Hope I can make her happy. If not I am on my own!

goldie111 2010-10-20 13:14:12 -0500 Report

Pizza is a real no no for me. My glucose count goes sky high every time. Most of my knowledge of diabetes diets came from Dr. Hyman even though diabetes runs in my family, they are old schooled from my great grandmother on down and there are many changes in care since then. You can find him on the web. WOW! did it make a HUGE difference for me. His program is called the Diabesity Diet. My glucose numbers dropped immediately working his program.

brenda fleahman
brenda fleahman 2010-10-08 21:32:09 -0500 Report

I know how you feel, when I was told that I was a Type 2 diabetic, I was over whelmed because I had just gone to the Dr for a pain that I had in my lower right quad. I am still stuggling with what I can eat and what I can't eat. I only have to take pills right now, and my goal is to lose the weight that my dr wants me too and hopefully I can go off some of the meds that I am on.

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 17:19:03 -0500 Report

Thanks so much Brenda for your comment it means alot we are in this together i am here to support you. we can help and learn form each other. I have having a BIG problem with the eating thing my self every since i was told about this on the 5th i have been eating every thing in sight. However my doctor said it is normal for me to feel hungry often , that mjust sound so STERANGE to me. Thanks again for your comment.

Ms.Katurah 2010-10-08 17:09:32 -0500 Report

Hello everyone,
My name is Ms Katurah,I live in Maine with my 2nd hubby and 4 sons(3 now)
I was just Rx with type 2 and my A1C was 8.5. I was put on a pill to take twice a day called actoplusmet. I am going to go to to the classes as soon as they start in 2 weeks. My mother has it and my father had it. I am worried that my sons will get it because their father was RX just 2 years ago with type 2.
I know how to control my diet but it is very hard because I am use to just eating supper.Now I am suppose to have 6 little meals a day. I was a CNA/CMA and a pastry chef. I am disabled now with 4 different pain disorders and a few other things so cooking 6 times a day is way too much for me to do.I seem to live on pills and diet coke. I only eat once a day due to tummy trouble caused by the diabetes.It seems to be a never ending episode of bad news every time I go to the doctor. I just don't know what to do anymore.

Blessed be,

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 17:28:48 -0500 Report

Hello Ms.Katurah
I have a suggestion for you to go to classes are a grat start i just found out i was type 2 on the 5th of this month. When it come to 6 meals maybe insted of actually getting over the stove cooking 6 small meals may be it would help if you do 6 portion snacks with out actuallt cooking, examples Nutrition bars with protiein and fiber something low fat no more than 5-7 grams. Little green apples, diet jello, celery and peanut butter. Well i hope this help i am still learning my self feel free to send me a message and let me how things are going for you. We are here to support each other :0)

Dev 2010-10-08 16:21:30 -0500 Report

It is bound to be overwhelming. It seems like suddenly everything changes. I am not a diabetic but my husband is. When I first learnt about his blood test results. I was angry and really scared reading about all the effects of high blood sugar. It is water under the bridge now. We are more or less back to normalcy. normalcy doesn't mean his diabetes is cured but we have managed to somwhat get our life back.

Diet - the endless list of what you can and cannot and should and should not eat felt like a big issue. It felt like our whole life just turned upside down. But as you learn more about diabetes generally, and particularly about your body and how it reacts to different foods and medication, you will feel more in control.

About the learning - What really helped my husband and also me was joining a diabetes center and going to diabetes information sessions. The information sessions will give you all the basic information and then you will be able to see how that fits with your particular situation and move forward from there.

Very soon you will find a way to get your life back. In the meantime being on DC helps. There are a lot of informative things on the site too and people keep sharing their experience.

keep in touch and tell us how you are doing and if you need help. everybody is very supportive here.

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 17:35:20 -0500 Report

Hello to my new friends,
Thanks a millinon for your responce i will be starting classes soon learning what all i can and cant't eat. Do the list ever end this seem to be a challenge for me right now.However i am determind to make and get through this . Mind over matter, We are in this together we will make it :0) hope to hear form you soon

carolish 2010-10-08 11:28:41 -0500 Report

angel i forgot to tell u i was diagnosed a week after my mother passed away.i don't know if it was the sadness of the funeral but i had a check up 8 days before and my aci test was normal . then a week later i was diabetic and also diagnosed with fibromylgia so i got a double dose. baby put your life in the hands of the good loards and he will bring thru

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 17:39:13 -0500 Report

I ams so sorry to hear about that and especially how i happen it was like a double dose of sadness.I love what you said PUT YOUR LIFE IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD:0) I pray all the time thanks so much for your responce it means a lot me. May the Lord countiune to bless and keep you my new friend.

carolish 2010-10-08 11:14:10 -0500 Report

angel i have been a diabetic for a long time .my mother was a very bad dia. she had lost both legs then started having heart attacks , she passed away at 73 i am 65 i worried my self to death . but my doctor said to guit worring because i am much healther than she was . i lost all my weight i eat right and gods willing i will kept my legs and hope for the best. you can do it girl

GabbyPA 2010-10-08 10:55:02 -0500 Report

Feeling sad is perfectly normal. Things have changed and you don't know what to expect. It gets confusing and overwhelming. It will be like that for a while so don't despair. As you learn more and become more comfortable with the way things work, your confidence will return and you will move forward. Give it time and read as much stuff as you can. Learn and ask questions daily. You will be okay. We are here for you every step of the way.

mo91108 2010-10-08 10:53:48 -0500 Report

I cried for a minute or two when I first got diagnosed. Then I figured ehh its not the end of the world, then when I was about to be released I was so overwhelmed I had a panic attack. hahah It's really not the end of the world. I am a type 1 not a type 2 so count your blessing you can reverse yours just try hard and believe you can beat this thing's ass.

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 17:45:20 -0500 Report

Hey mo91108,
I love your since of humor :0) your right it's not the end of the world. And i am counting my blessing and i will beat it i am determinded. Thanks a million for your comment.

RAYT721 2010-10-07 21:00:39 -0500 Report

Oh I can relate to overwhelmed. I ran out to buy a meter because I was sure the doctor's test result was wrong. I couldn't be diabetic. I think that's called denial. But, ya know, I have acknowledged it and accepted it and it's part of my life now. I am controlling my numbers with weight control, portion control and self-control and I've gone from "I can't have" to "I CAN have" and that makes a difference in my mind, body and soul. It's never easy to get a diagnosis for anything but you're right… it's NOT the end of the world. It's the beginning!!! You are in the right place for support and encouragement and if I can help in any way, "friend me" (if that's a word). I may not be able to answer a darn question, enlighten you with any wisdom, but I WILL make you laugh. :) … and laughter, they say, is the best medicine (although I prefer a twelve pack).

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-09 18:08:37 -0500 Report

Hey RAYT721,
I love your "I Can Have " attitude :0) your right it's not the end of the world.I sure will "friend you"Laughter is wonderful :0) your right it is the best medicine thanks a million for your comment.

alanbossman 2010-10-07 18:56:55 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family. What you are feeling is normal it is ok to feel sad and over whelmed. When you are done you need to get back on track and take care of yourself. I am also T2 and take insulin the easiest place to give yourself a shot is use your stomach area about 2inchs away from your belly button. I dont know if you are using a pen needle or syringe if you are using pen needle you can use a smaller needle on your pen a 31 gauge and 4mm long needle. If this is still to over whelming keep posting and keep telling us how things are going. I felt fine because i knew i would get diabetes because it runs on both sides of my family.

Chrissy6341 2010-10-07 18:50:15 -0500 Report

HI Angel,
I felt the same way and even cried on my way home from my Dr. I was just diagnosed in August this year. I can say that you have come to the best place to be. Everyone here is very helpful and understanding. I consider them my 2nd family. I am still learning and do get overwhelmed and depressed at times. This disease skips every other generation in my family and I have been the 1 it decided to attack. I am still learning my way around here, it does take time. But I have learned a lot. You should check out the videos, they are very helpful and have much information. It did give me a new out look on life and I now actually eat 3 meals a day, I try to at least. I eat more fruits and fresh veggies and have stopped drinking Coke. I drink a lot more water and my favorite is Crystal Light Lemonade (pink). My kids are also hooked on it. I now serve that with dinner and always have it in the fridge. My kids have also changed their eating habits and the way I see it is that this was a wake up call for us all.
Did your Dr give you any info? Suggestions? Tell you to see an Endocrinologist? A nutritionist? Or participate in a diabetes clinic where there are classes that help you understand diabetes?
Being new myself maybe we can learn together if you like.
I hope this helps you somewhat.. Good Luck..

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-07 20:03:55 -0500 Report

Hello Chrissy,
Thanks so much for that wonderful responce. I will try the crystal light. I still cry alot. Every one responce just help me so much it just let me see i am not alone even though i feel alone i know i am not alone.THANKS A MILLION :0)

jeffrey9127 2010-10-07 18:44:56 -0500 Report

Hello Angel, When I first found out that I had Diabetes I was angry with my self, and I felt inside that my diagnoses was a "Death Sentence". But as I learned about Diabetes and took charge of caring for myself, I began to realize that you can feel well and lead a normal life. I counted carbs, recorded my BS readings and exercised by walking 4 to 5 times a week. My Dr. sent me to a Diabetes educator and a Dietician. I kept good records (still do) of my BS readings to show my Dr. How I was doing on the Medications prescribed for my Diabetes. Lastly, you came to the right place. There are wonderful people here who will help you become accepting of your DX. Ask any Question and you will get a wealth of information from people who are living and have experienced what your are now going through. Take a moment, relax. Your in good hands here. Let us know how you are doing.

Angel 73185
Angel 73185 2010-10-07 20:10:18 -0500 Report

Hello Jeffrey,
Just want to thank you so much for your comment. So you understand how i feel right now, I 'm so glad someelse no know how i feel. When i try explain how i lfeel to my family and friends. Its like whats the point , i guess its hard to understand something like this if your actually living with it . So many emotions i feel … THANKS A MILLION FOR YOUR COMMENT :0)

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