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RAYT721
By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-12-03 07:54:00 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 05:29:45 -0600

Come on down… you're the next contestant on Diabetic Connect!!!

The single word in the domain name that strikes me is the word "connect" because that is what we are here for. You're among a group of members whether you choose to think of us as a home, a family, a community or a world who I believe genuinely care for and about each other. We are on a journey together where we are seeking healthier and happier lives.

I think it is awesome to connect with people who share not only the medical and mental issues of having a disease like diabetes but who share our lives, fears, tips, tricks, frustrations, information, inspiration, motivation and more. We are mainly diabetics (or supporters) but we are people, family, spouses, children, parents, and friends all connected together in both a virtual and real life.

It is great to have you here. Please take the time to introduce yourself to us. We are hoping to hear more from and about you. Don't be shy!!! :)

Since there is no cure to diabetes, it is important to focus on diabetes management which comes to different people in different ways. The key to my success has been from a few simple lifestyle changes that I will freely share. I'd love to hear what others say about their management:

The first thing I did after thinking my doctor was reading someone else's blood test results was to buy a meter. After all, he had to be wrong. I had no family history of diabetes nor did I have the age old risk factors. It turned out the test was right so I followed the suggestions he'd made… I cut out natural sugar for the most part (not entirely… I am human). I started to walk and exercise more in an effort to lose a little weight (down 24 pounds). I began to realize the importance of nutrition and how breakfasts help kick start my metabolism in the mornings. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. I count carbs but I don't obsess over them. Some carbs are good carbs. I've learned to eat less food more often. So far, so good. But these tips are MY tips and they may or may not work for you or anyone else.

Buying the meter was my idea. The doctor did not suggest a meter nor gave any clues on how I should lose weight or how much weight to lose. There was no talk about diet. Most of what I have learned has come for the friends that I have connected with here. My first experience with my meter was horrible. I was so afraid that the lancet would hurt that I could not bring myself to strike it. (note: by the time I got enough blood for a reading, my kitchen looked like the Manson family had just visited.)

The doctor did not prescribe medication (oral/insulin) so I have no experience with medications, side effects, pros and cons or anything but there are plenty of people here who can help with those questions and concerns. What I have learned is that diabetes management is made up of a step stool… diet, exercise, medication and support. Those are the four legs that act as the foundation.

I am excited to see this website growing as more and more newbies join us. While in some cases the new members will learn from us, there are many instances in which we can learn from them.

Again, this is a journey and I wanted to welcome new members and thank the existing member base. We're in it to win it!!! Thanks to all for connecting with me/us!

Also, I would like to take a moment to wish Happy Holidays to all.


5 replies

gober
gober 2010-12-03 07:54:00 -0600 Report

A BIG HELLO from south Alabama . was looking for snacks for a christmas party , found this wonderful site, been diabetic since 1995, been on the pump for six months, Love it, Love it, Love it. My biggest thing these days are my neurophaty. limits my life in some places, weight gain, but I am working on it, any suggestions?

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-11-20 09:55:37 -0600 Report

Excellent welcome and introduction. I totally agree with Jeffrey's comment. You are a treasure, Ray.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2010-11-20 09:38:24 -0600 Report

Very well said, Ray. Good message with the right points brought up. If the Newbies come, they indeed will learn here!

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