You are (not) a Prisoner of Diabetes and a Diabetic Lifestyle

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-10-10 07:28:22 -0500
Started 2010-10-09 11:36:29 -0500

Many people believe that a diagnosis of diabetes is an automatic death sentence.
Many people believe that having diabetes means you cannot live a “normal” life.
Many people believe that they are prisoners of diabetes and a “diabetic” lifestyle.

A “prisoner,” is one who is “confined” within the boundaries that restrains them, whether these boundaries are physical, mental or emotional depends (most of the time) on you!

Diabetes controls only as much of your life as you allow it to (within reason).
Education and information on the topic of diabetes, nutrition, care and well-being are essential to living a great life as a diabetic!

Diabetes allows YOU to become closer to YOURSELF!

It’s easy to do nothing, to blame yourself and (or) to blame others.
It’s sometimes hard to start the physical and mental process towards living and feeling better.
It requires time, physical and mental activity, medicinal intervention and assistance may be required at times (although unwanted) it may be necessary.

In short, an effective plan of action is needed!

Every action in life (good or bad) is habitual, we, as humans are creatures of habit.

Why not try replacing those “bad” negative habits with “good” positive ones today?
Before you know it, change becomes evident!

Change … not a cure.

How long will you allow yourself to be a “prisoner” unto “yourself?”


7 replies

GabbyPA 2010-10-10 07:28:22 -0500 Report

I was in a prison before and diabetes was the key to let me out. I have become a much stronger person in so many ways. It astounds me sometimes. Diabetes has given me the courage to try things I never would have before, like new foods, different exercises and even just getting out in life and doing things. Diabetes opened the door to new friends, a deeper understanding of my physical and mental well being and even a job. It has freed me from weight (though I have more to loose) It has freed me from fear and it has given me a voice and a passion to stand up for myself and those around me.

CaliKo 2010-10-09 12:08:54 -0500 Report

I have a friend whose husband was diagnosed with T2. Her comment was now we having to eat boring food for the rest of our lives… So I'm trying to help her see that's just not so, but low-carb choices need to be available.
The close friends I have shared my diagnosis with typically respond with "Oh no! It's not fair, you are such a good cook!" But I have found that's my strength with this disease. Exercise was all new, but I'm very much at home in the kitchen and that's such a bonus to living well with diabetes.
I do feel like I have a lot to do, each and every day, but I don't feel like a prisoner. It's really all stuff that everyone should pay more attention to.
Thanks for the post, you always make me slow down for a minute and think.

RockyMtnGal 2010-10-09 13:58:23 -0500 Report

When you say "It's really all stuff that everyone should pay more attention to" you couldn't be more right! My first struggle w/ DM was gestational D and I was sad at first, but as I researched I found that the glucose intolerance is something that happens to all women (just more severe in some). However, since I was watching my BG and diet and exercise closely I had more energy than ever and worked right up until the day before labor. I never had the 3rd trimester lags and tiredness so many complain about and I really attribute it to my diagnosis.

Same goes these couple of years later. In trying to keep my D at bay I closely watch my diet and exercise. Though it can take awhile to find your specific routine, once you find it quality of life can actually improve. Though none of us will ever really be carefree again we CAN be in CONTROL!

CaliKo 2010-10-09 14:44:15 -0500 Report

Yes, I had gestational D years ago, too. I was already on bedrest due to PIH and previous pregnancies gone bad, so it was a 700 calorie diet for me. I lost 25 pounds the last six weeks before my emergency c-section at 32 weeks. I didn't even look pregnant, but had a 2 lb 15 oz baby that is now a healthy 5 ft. 10 in. 14-year old.
I agree about the quality of life. This may be the only disease that actually makes us make ourselves healthier. I think there may be a new discussion in there somewhere…

MAYS 2010-10-09 12:47:15 -0500 Report

Your comments, (as well as your smile) bring a smile to my face!
Keep nourishing that positive attitude that you have, it's your way of dealing with diabetes, continue letting it be your strength, and pass it on to others.