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By widowface Latest Reply 2011-03-06 21:03:40 -0600
Started 2011-03-04 01:21:43 -0600

im trying to accept the fact that i have diabeties its really scary and im still in shock its going to be hard to change my eating habits and losing weight i only weigh 232 and to me its normal weight the doctor says its obesse wow imagine that its really tuff for me the medication metformin is making me sick since i started it on feb 5th 2011 its not even three months and i feel blah and icky taking this medication im so mad but i just have to accept the things i cant change any suggestions from anyone im just totally lost right now thanks

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EJMac 2011-03-06 21:03:40 -0600 Report

Welcome. Only been here on this site for a few months, but I have learned so much. Was diagnosed 4-5 yrs ago and it was controlled by pills. Recently it went out of control and I had to start taking insulin, exercising daily and eating healthy!!! What a shock for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I'm doing it finally and I'm feeling better than I have in years. Hang in there. It does seem overwhelming, but a day at a time we know more and do better for ourselves. Take care, Elaine

squog master
squog master 2011-03-04 22:09:20 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Don't get discouraged. Getting use to having diabetes is like eating an elephant. Take it one bite at a time.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-03-04 13:01:34 -0600 Report


I just wanted to say hi and offer you some support. You have already received some great advice from realsis and Gabby.

A new diagnosis can be a scary thing because along with it comes uncertainty and change, two things that humans have a tendency to avoid. So it's normal to be scared.

I would encourage you to work closely wtih your healthcare team. Askl them a lot of questions. And as you feel comfortable, also obtain information on your own. Don't overwhelm yourself. You might ask your doctor or nurse for suggestions on what information sources to use, and then as questions come up, ask them for further clarification. Go at your own pace. If you can meet with a CDE, that would also help.

Get of support. You might want to attend a class, maybe with one of your family members, to get more informed and to meet people who are also newly diagnosed and share experiences. And speaking of family, share how you are feeling with them, let them know what they can do to support you. They may need some education from you along the way.

Don't go through this allone. Stay in touch with your freinds on Diabetic Connect. We are here for you 24/7!

realsis77 2011-03-04 10:55:24 -0600 Report

I know just how your feeling! I was in denial about my diabetes until I got put on my insulin shots! Then I really began to accept the fact that I did have diabetes and I needed to control it. What helped me a lot was this site and all the wonderful support I got here. Also I did a lot of reading about diabetes! Knowledge is power! Powe over this disease! I got some great books made espically for people who are newly diagnosed! The books explain everything and go over the emotional ascept too! They help you learn about what to eat and why, they help you deal emotionally, they educate you on this disease! I got them very cheap on amazon . Only about 7 dollars a book and there are sooo many titles to choose from. I learned all about carbs and the roll they play with diabetes. I learned about insulin. The information I got was awsome! I really recomend going to amazon and looking at all the books they have for people who are newly diagnosed diabetics! Pick one or two out and order them. They come very fast and really are a great help! I learned so much about this disease! 'Now I understand why I need insulin and what it does for my body. It helped me greatly! Also DC (diabetic connect) also helped me greatly! This site has taught me so much and has given me support ! I think you will really like it here! Welcome! We are a big diabetc family! When I was diagnosed my doc said you have diabetes and that was about it.I wasn't taught the things I needed to know. That's where reading and comming back to this site helped me! So please do some reaserach! It really helps! Please know your not alone! We all understand what your going through right now! Hang in there and learn as much as possiable! It will really help you out! Please take my advice and check out all the great titles amazon has on diabetes! Ask questions, learn learn learn! You will feel much better when you understand things a bit better! I know I did! I was soooooooo lost until I found this site and started reading! Now my diabetes is under control with insulin and diet and I feel soooo much better than I did in a long time! If you ever want to talk I'll be here for you ok? It does get better I promise! God bless you! Again, welcome to DC! I'm glad you can be part of our family!

bobec4 2011-03-04 06:07:39 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome! In my opinion its important now to learn all that you can about this disease and your body. this site has excellent information on just about any topic you can think of and if it doesnt just ask I am sure many here have the answers you are looking for. As my grandpa used to say " dont loose the forest because of the trees" try to keep the big picture in mind and understand no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The people here have helped me so much in my journey and I am so grateful for that. Keep your head up and know you arent alone.

GabbyPA 2011-03-04 05:41:16 -0600 Report

Having a chronic illness is scary. There is noting wrong with feeling that way. There are many stages we go through after the diagnosis of diabetes. It's natural to do that so hang in there and focus on moving forward, even if it is just a little bit at a time.

What helped me the most was to focus on one or two things at a time and get them kind of "under my belt" so to speak and then I could add more changes to that. Kind of like building a house on a solid foundation. I didn't focus on loosing weight, I focused on getting my glucose numbers lower. That meant I changed the foods I ate to accomplish this and in turn, I lost weight.

I focused on getting my pantry free of tempting foods that were going to sabotage my glucose numbers and I started exercising for only 5 minutes a day. Just to get the whole thing started. Now I exercise every day for at least 30-45 minutes. You have to give yourself time to grow into your new lifestyle.

My attitude became "I'm going to kick this thing in the butt" and that helps get me through the times when I don't want to care or do things right. Plus, hanging out here on the site always gives me inspiration.

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