What does Diabetes mean to you?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2012-01-26 20:46:47 -0600
Started 2011-02-02 15:38:20 -0600

What does Diabetes really mean to you?

Diabetes means quite a few things to me.

D - Determination ( I'm determined to do better each day with this disease.
I - Interest ( to learn more about this disease )
A - Acceptence ( to accept what my life is now going to be)
B - Belief (to believe I can do this daily)
E - Encourage (To encourage others )
T - Thankful (to be thankful for all my friends and family)
E - Establish (to establish goals that I can do)
S - Strive (Strive to do better each day)

I've listed mine.

Please list yours.

19 replies

Anonymous 2012-01-26 20:46:47 -0600 Report

What diabetes means to me -
D - Diet
I - Insults of certain individuals
A - Angry
B - Body image
E - Eating Foods, I don't Like
T - Tests, to many
E - Exercise, I hate to do.
S - Sentenced to a life of misery

roshy 2011-02-06 15:33:35 -0600 Report

OK here we go

D for double chocolate cake in which i havent eaten in years!!
I for my best friend and worst enemy INSULIN!!
A for appriciation, things could be a lot worse!!
B For BE STRONG !!! i can do it!!
E for exercise, i was meaning to get around to it!!!
T for Thank God for sweetners

petesmom 2011-02-05 08:09:18 -0600 Report

Diabetes to me meant a big wake up call! Everyone kept telling me your going to have diabetes if you don't watch what you eat and lose some of that weight. Will I guess they were right. Now I am taking better care of myself.

vgarrison 2011-02-03 13:14:41 -0600 Report

For me Diabetes means that I had to start taking care of myself insead of everyone but me. It is so easy to tell someone else what they should do and then never follow your own advice…I can juggle my husbands medical issues, my full time job, my 5 year old as well as her karate schedule, but damned if I can remember to eat right and take my meds…

Having Diabetes has changed all that for me…it made me realise that if I didn't start taking care of myself, then there would be no one there to take care of everyone else…


GabbyPA 2011-02-02 22:45:59 -0600 Report

Diabetes means to me that I had to wake up or loose everything. Diabetes means to me that I have to learn to take responsibility for everything I do or don't do to keep my health in focus. Diabetes means that I am now living a better lifestyle than I was before I was diagnosed. Diabetes has given me a new chance, a new voice and a new outlook on life...and I like what I see.

re1ndeer 2011-02-02 22:50:48 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, I guess in a way diabetes is a real wake-up call for all of us. We now have to really be responsible for all we do in our daily lives.

And we like what you have done here in the DC Community. Your knowledge in bringing forth articles for all to share. Thanks again.

GabbyPA 2011-02-02 22:52:26 -0600 Report

Awww, I'm blushing. Everyone here has taught me so much. I'm proud to be part of such a great group of folks.

MewElla 2011-02-02 21:22:29 -0600 Report

Diabetes means I have a full time job with ME making the best choices each day with the food I eat, the close attention I pay to my testing numbers , my walking exercise of 5-6 miles each day, never missing a Dr's appt, making sure I read about new tips I can apply to my daily routine. My diabetic anniversary is 2-11-11 and I am proud that I have lost 70 lbs and maintained it, feel better, have more endurance and strength than ever and my A1C is good. Overall maintained control with diet/exercise, no meds. But, I always say, me and my diabetes is a work in progress. It is not a one time shot, it is a lifestyle change for me.

re1ndeer 2011-02-02 22:33:20 -0600 Report

Congratulations on the total weight loss. You have excellent endurance by walking 5-6 miles a day. It's so great to see so many people here at DC that are working toward their goals. Thanks for replying.

CaliKo 2011-02-02 21:11:19 -0600 Report

Diabetes means I eat in a healthy and calculated manner … every day. Diabetes means I exercise … almost every day. Diabetes means I extra careful to have all my wellness checkups with all my doctors. And diabetes means I have lots of new friends here on DC.

Aaron1977 2011-02-02 20:34:23 -0600 Report

Very nice! To me - being diabetic has shaped EVERY aspect of my life since I was 6 years old.

- I was a Mama's boy early in life since she primarily took care of me and my disease
- I didn't do many school sports for fear of low levels - I ended up doing karate
- I wasn't able to join the Reserves in college or I very well might be in the military right now.
- it forced me to learn discipline at a young age and the ability to take care of myself
- I went from being self-conscious to being proud of my accomplishments despite being diabetic: 2nd Degree Black Belt, 2 college degrees, CPA, happily married with 2 wonderful kids

I look back at my life and I know perfectly healthy people that haven't done as much as me. I'm not bragging but thinking that having this disadvantage has caused me to work harder. And that work ethic (along with Faith) has allowed me to go farther than I might have otherwise gone.

Good discussion topic - very introspective - I like it!

re1ndeer 2011-02-02 20:53:17 -0600 Report

Thank you Aaron 1977 , for your comments. I feel those of us who have tackled this disease for many more years then others have a broader prospective to what we can accomplish. Thank you again.

roshy 2011-02-07 11:56:57 -0600 Report

Diabetics can accomplish anything and everything!! and were a good lookin bunch too!! x

oldbuttercup 2011-02-02 18:09:30 -0600 Report

It means that I have to be more careful with the choices that I make every day regarding my diet, excercise, and health.
It does not mean that my life is over.
May God Bless You.