What is it that separates you, from the rest?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-25 22:51:08 -0600
Started 2011-01-19 09:56:50 -0600

There is something that separates you from the rest of the diabetics of the world, in a good way!
It’s not the type of diabetes, it’s not the medication, nor is it the books and the methods of management that are involved.

While we are at let’s exclude the doctors, the clinics, and the hospitals.

What you are left with is your greatest asset for dealing with your diabetes, it is your commitment!

Everyone has a different level of commitment.

Many factors ranging from your finances, to your medical insurance, and the availability of information on the subject of diabetes will affect your commitment, but you must strengthen your commitment towards managing your diabetes.

Everyone’s level of commitment is different, and only you can determine this, it’s similar to managing one’s finances, everyone has their way of budgeting their money, but in the end if you do a poor job, it will come back to haunt you!

How committed are you in managing your diabetes, on a daily basis?


38 replies

Mrs. Tenacious
Mrs. Tenacious 2011-01-21 19:32:23 -0600 Report

I am very committed and determined! Right now there are potatoe chips and tortillias on top of the fridge! I will not let my daughter see me eat them! She and I are going to get healthy together so we can enjoy each other for a long time! I have been sickly from birth and I have always triumphed over the problems by taking my meds. I was just put on meds about two days ago and I am taking a risk because it could react with my psychotropics, but as they say the benefits outweigh the risks!

Truckers home
Truckers home 2011-01-21 07:52:50 -0600 Report

Having been healthy all my life then my mother dying from complications due to the hell I didn't know how hard it really was til now. Sence I have been told I am Pre diabetic they tell me all I can't eat and its upseting but I have lost 12 pounds sence the end of june. It isn't easy but Im trying and with out the love and support of the people her and my other half I don't think I would be able to make it

rj 2011-01-21 17:39:24 -0600 Report

Not trying to be nosey but was wondering if you have attended or if anyone has suggested a diabetic nutrition class…I learned a lot there…one of the biggest things I learned is portions…most hospitals have these classes ure you can fid one online…I lost my Dad in 2008 kinda when I went south in my committment to take care of myself…Hang in there…you can do this…anytime ya want to yell at somebody let me know

Truckers home
Truckers home 2011-01-22 17:25:26 -0600 Report

thanks for the info and support. I know about the neuropathy my mother had it bad had her little toe and a portion of her foot removed because the infection was in the bone. I know this sounds really bad but I wish she was here to help me but I know that she died and is no longer in pain she was only 48. I still wish she was here but with the new ffriends Im making and the love of my life here with me I know I can push on

MAYS 2011-01-21 16:56:38 -0600 Report

Don't give up, regardless of how hard it may seem at times.
We are all in this together, as a family, for the same reason, managing our diabetes!


Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-20 21:29:56 -0600 Report

Hey Mays. My commitment, unfortunately, it comes and goes. A year ago I was starting to make a new beginning, now, not so much. If it wasn't for the constant pain of nueropathy, I wonder if I would acknowledge my diabetes anymore. So I'm thankful for that pain for that reason only. With that being said, I guess I don't have anything positive that separates me, but that's my own fault. Hopefully, for my sake, things will change and I will step up to the plate and turn this situation into a positive.
And this is what I miss, Mays, you always had me thinking and with that you helped me stay on track.

rj 2011-01-21 15:38:29 -0600 Report

Danni I absolutely relate to your situation. My first visit to this sight was in 2008. I did pretty good then i got complacent…kind of the self pity denial thing. Actually just tired of dealing with it. I haven't been back on here until today In Nov. 2010 I had part of my toe on the right foot amputated. Believe it or not that was a blessing it was about to become the whole foot had I not went to the emergency room because of the swelling to where i couldn't get my work boot on. Infection set in the bone…i have pretty bad neuropathy also…i know what the wadded up sock feeling is like…and I know that feeling of sometimes your foot doesn't even feel like your own. I am now the official poster child for diabetes management LOL… "ITS NOT A MATTER OF IF ONE WILL CONCEDE TO MANAGING DIABETES..ITS SIMPLY A MATTER OF WHEN… Take it from experience the SOONER the BETTER!!! Take care guys & gals.

Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-23 00:55:06 -0600 Report

"Just tired of dealing with it", when I get like that, I won't admit it out loud of course, but that's what I call my, self-pity fit. I'll get mad. I'm sorry to hear about
your toe :( .
How did you get an infection in the bone, what causes that?
How is your diabetes doing now and your neuropathy?

rj 2011-01-25 22:48:51 -0600 Report

I basically had an infection on the outside…got it healed up..unfortunately it wasn't healed on the inside…got into the bone… My neurotpathy kinda had masked the pain up until then..My sugar is probably the best it has ever been…the diary helped me kinda get a snapshot of my day…I eventually just kinda knew how foods were gonna react to me and what portions look like.

rj 2011-01-25 22:51:08 -0600 Report

my neuropathy is about the same not improved and not gined so far…I ll take it…We all have those moments if we admit it…I KNOW I do but I think this site is good medicine for that… I appreciate and love all of this community here!!!

MAYS 2011-01-21 17:00:30 -0600 Report

Welcome back regardless of the reason, we are all, and will always be family!

rj 2011-01-21 17:22:19 -0600 Report

Thank you Mays i really appreciate that…i can tell nothing has changed as far as the love and support with this wonderful group of people and awsome web site…SO WHEN IS THE NEXT RALLY ?????:) and where lol

MAYS 2011-01-20 22:23:49 -0600 Report

Danni, Welcome back!

You stayed on track because you are a fighter, most fighters do not fight continously, they fight, rest a little then analyze what just happened, then they come out swinging once again.

Every one has their unique way of fighting, and I believe that this is your way, it's not for me to say that it is right, or wrong but, the fact that you keep returning to fight means that you do want to win this battle!

I know that you can do it, all it requires is a little more consistency on your behalf, you have everything else, I am (we are) all here for you whenever you need us.
Diabetic nueropathy pain is your body's way of crying out, "I need help, help me!"

When will you answer that plea?


Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-22 14:15:45 -0600 Report

Thanks. I hope that by being back it will help me get back on track, the right way and with that, help me feel better all the way around. When I was on here before, my sugars and A1c was never better. I hope to get that back with the help and motivation that everyone here is so great at offering and I hope to learn more again and help others out. You guys have a good weekend!

jeffrey9127 2011-01-20 08:49:20 -0600 Report

Hello Mays! I am very committed to staying on top of my Diabetes for selfish reasons. I have a loving wife, two special needs grandchildren who need me, and family members who need my help too. For these reasons I am selfish enough to take the best care of myself every day so I will be there for them.

rj 2011-01-21 17:27:21 -0600 Report

Brother just continue to take care of yourself THATS a GOOD kind of selfish…I agree with MAYS…I believe it can be called LOVE because you have family depending on you …plus the balancing act ofmanaging this illness we have i just don't see te selfish part…

MAYS 2011-01-20 19:36:59 -0600 Report

I am sure that they love, and appreciate all that you do, being selfish for the right reasons isn't really selfish at all when you think about it.
Actually you are focused, and guiding, and because of this others will prosper.
Great leaders take control when it is needed, if that is selfish, so be it, lead on!

BandonBob 2011-01-19 17:49:05 -0600 Report

I'm a total fanatic about controlling my diabetes. Every day for the last twenty years I exercise, watch my diet and log every detail. If I go down because of the diabetes it will be with all flags flying.

MAYS 2011-01-20 08:41:04 -0600 Report

You have such a great attitude, and a system in place for both monitoring, and managing your diabetes.

With twenty years of experience in doing so, we are expecting to see a few discussions from you, providing other family members here with some insight into the importance of careful monitoring, and documenting their results daily.

You have a wealth of very helpful information to share with the community!
Please give it some thought, it would, and will be appreciated by all!


BandonBob 2011-01-20 10:55:31 -0600 Report

I will give it some thought. As I said I am a fanatic and right now I am working in the schools here talking to the kide about diabetes and what they can do to prevent it. I am very concerned about the growing rate of diabetes type 2 in our young.

MAYS 2011-01-20 19:21:39 -0600 Report

I applaud you for teaching the children, what you teach them now, they will teach others in return.
As a parent of four sons, I personally appreciate what you are doing.

CaliKo 2011-01-19 15:21:13 -0600 Report

Diabetes is my shadow. I'm conscious of it with every decision I make, every choice, every day. It's the only way I can move forward.

MAYS 2011-01-20 08:23:25 -0600 Report

I love your attitude, statement, and your actions concerning your diabetes!
Don't ever lose that positive, constructive attitude!

petals 2011-01-19 15:18:02 -0600 Report

I make my health the one commitment of every day. And this site helps me to do that.

MAYS 2011-01-20 08:18:13 -0600 Report

I agree with you, without good health, or at least the best health that we are personally capable of, everything else will eventually become secondary in our lives!
Stay focused, and committed to managing your health, and your diabetes!

GabbyPA 2011-01-19 15:12:30 -0600 Report

Being here every day helps so much in my commitment. I can't come here to help, if I am in such a bad place myself. But when I do fall, I know you guys are here to help me out.

I am committed to everyday do something that will kick my diabetes in the butt. I exercise every day. I test every day. I am determined to do what I can to keep me healthy as long as I am able. Am I perfect? No. But I am always working hard to be my best for the long haul.

MAYS 2011-01-20 08:12:46 -0600 Report

Very, very true!
It's hard to be positive mentally, or constructive if we are in a bad place.
I love your attitude, and self dedication towards managing your diabetes, the harder we work, the easier it gets!

MewElla 2011-01-19 13:56:34 -0600 Report

Everyday I make my health my #1 priority. If I don't take care of myself, no one else will do it for me. With diabetes now in my corner, I want to do everything I can to stay as healthy as I can. That requires a lot of work on my part, but that's o.k., this is my life. I work on finding the most wholesome foods, read labels when shopping, journal all my food intake, try to stay out of stress as much as I can, and excercise every single day. I really am committed to staying off meds as long as I can because I have seen what has happened to others who had diabetes and pretty much ignored it, then suffered major complications.

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 13:41:38 -0600 Report

I'm totally committed to managing my diabetes. Everyday I look for ways that I can improve my health through the foods I eat, and the exercises I do. I try to eat a new food (sometrhing I have not tried before) at least once a week, I'm also managing my diabetes more lately on portion control, which is my biggest obstacle.

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