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Changed my life

When i was first diagnosed in 2012, i was told to eat less and given a diet plan which in my mind i could not do. My physician even referred me to a dietitian, after speaking with the dietitian she told me to write down every thing that i ate and also handed me a diet plan, again my mindset would not allow me to do the diet. My dietitian then suggested that i attend classes on how to manage your Diabetes. I signed up for the classes that were 5 weeks for 4 hours each class. It was so eye opening that i started immediately to change my eating habits, i deleted sugar from my eating plan and stop drinking sodas of any kind. I started eating more fruit and vegetables and drinking more water. At first i gained weight but i did not get discouraged and soon the weight started to come off. From April 21013 to August 2013 I had lost 22 pounds. I take every day one at a time and i check my blood sugar every morning. I know that exercise is important but i am suffering from sciatic nerve problems so it hinder me from exercising some time but don't let that deter you do as much exercise as you can each day.

Sandra Malone
Fontana, CA

Thanks Mom!

Mom followed a low-carb, low-fat, low-sodium diet, so all of the rest of us did too. Thanks to a life-long habit of whole grains, carb-counting, and conscious eating, I did not have to make very many adjustments to my lifestyle when I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes during pre-surgical blood work in 2005.

I went to all the classes and kept the binder of recipes, but the only change I made was to switch to sugar-free whole wheat bread instead of the regular. I was always sensitive to preservatives, MSG, & HFCS, so reading labels was already automatic. When I tried sugary treats & sodas as a kid I always threw them up, so I never got a taste for them or a "sweet tooth."

In fact, I recently discovered that if I take a coffee measure of semi-sweet real chocolate chips like medicine (35 calories & 3 grams carb), it controls the diarrhea that the dose of Metformin I take causes. Once a day keeps me going once a day! LOL

I am very blessed to have low A1c readings (6.x) and reasonable BG readings. I panic when it hits 200! That happens if I get white rice in a restaurant, or indulge too much at square dances browsing the refreshment table.

Thank God for my mother's early indoctrination for healthy eating and folk dancing. I still need to lose 200 lbs. but I don't know of anyone else my size who can square dance.

The weight thing has been a trial all my life. I started diets at age 13, despite the healthy food & exercise, and every pound came back double every time, so it is safe to say that dieting caused my obesity. Diabetes has been a royal pain in the meds/testing sense, but because of good ol' Mom, it has never been a shock to the system like some of the others in this forum have experienced. I eat the same healthy foods I grew up with, but take 4 pills twice a day to maintain status quo.

Doris
Durham, NC

Wham! You're A Diabetic...

One day I had an itch on my forehead.I scratched it,and several days later,it looked infected.I let it go,thinking it would be ok.within a week or more,it was huge and the skin had turned black.I was sick too,and could not eat.I was losing weight like crazy.One evening my husband told me,you are going to the er.We went to our local hospital.They ran tests,and started an iv as I was dehydrated severely.They decided to send me to another hospital.When I arrived,a team of doctors were waiting for me.More tests,and a decision to operate on my forehead.I also was told my glucose number was 336.Wham,you're a diabetic.They decided the next day to start insulin.I became upset and refused to learn to inject myself.Then I met a nurse named Lisa.She took me under her wings,and gave me the incentive to learn,and also the will to live.It was a totally different lifestyle to learn.It has now been 2 years.Today instead of an A1C of 11,my latest one was 6.5.Instead of 25 units twice per day,I now take 12 units twice per day.I never understood this disease or what people that had it went through,until it hit me.And today I do all I can to help anyone that I learn gets the old Wham,You're A Diabetic,by encouraging them,and helping them all I can.

Cindy Self
Thomasville, NC

Don't give up, it will get better!!!!

I was diagnosed as Diabetic last November [2013] and I went into the hospital because it started with me feeling REALLLY sick and not being able to keep any food or liquids down, not even the tiniest sip of water or a small cracker. And when they checked my sugars when I got settled into the hospital room, it was OVER 600! And honestly, who knows how long it had been that way. But I really thank my mom for saving my life, literally.

They tried me on a couple different insulin shots, and we had to keep switching due to my insurance not being able to cover certain ones. We finally found one that's a syringe and you mix it up yourself, and it's just a once a week shot. And I was already taking some of the Metformin [an oral diabetes medication] twice a day. I didn't mind the once a week shot too much, but the needle was a lot thicker than I was use to, so it deffinately hurt a bit more.

I just had an appointment a couple weeks ago with my diabetes doctor, and she said that whatever I was doing, I should keep doing, because when she looked at my numbers, everything looked completely normal!

That's when I got the best news that a diabetic could probably ever get. My endo doctor said that I'm doing so well that I don't need the weekly Bydreon shot anymore!!! My mom was so happy with this news that she cried, because she came in the room for the appointment.

She said that she was praying for me, a lot. And here's perfect proof that prayer CAN and DOES work wonders and miracles.

So no matter what age you are, or what type, it IS possible to get better. Don't give up on yourself yet!!!!

Melissa Franklin
Wilmington, NC

My diabetic life

So at the age of 11 I found that I was a diabetic. When I found out my blood sugar was over 1100. The doctors were surprised that I walked in and talked to them with a blood sugar that high. I was also told that I was am hour away from dying that day. After about two weeks in the hospital I was finally let out. Since I was three years old I wanted to join the Army. I talked to a recruiter and was told that I will never be a soldier like I wanted to be. After a few days of crying I felt like my was ruined by God and it was his fault that I had diabetes. I blamed him for everything and got so depressed that I attempted to kill myself. Lucky for me my brother stopped me. I thought to myself later on and regretted attempting what I did. See God or diabetes didn't ruin my life. It just led me to better future. A future to were I could help others that have and are going through what I did. I put my faith in God once again and started to see the future he has planned for me. Diabetes is a horrible disease but it has changed my life a lot good and bad. But all in all put your faith in God and you will see that no matter what happens, what he does is always for something better in your life. And that's my story about living with diabetes.

Caleb
Mnt.City, TN

The Miracle Girl

My name is Cassie. I'm 23 years old and my life is always busy. I never seem to stop, until one day my body decided it had enough. I started getting very sick and very tired, I thought it was stress, but I only got worse. I went to the doctor and they diagnosed me with diabetes. I was devestated. In those few moments my life changed forever, but little did I know it was only the beginning. My condition only got worse and soon I wasn't able to move my body at all. I was vomiting all the time and hadn't eaten in days and I was dangerously dehydrated. My husband called 911, he saved my life. The nurses even told some of my family if he had called 10 minutes later I probably would have died or went into a coma. When we arrived at the hospital they told me I was in DKA and I was dying. I was in ICU for a week. It was terrible. I had IVs all over me, including my neck. I had DKA, pancreatitis, and pneumonia, not to mention my potassium level was 1! The nurses and doctors told my family they weren't sure I would survive this. But I did! They all have called me, "The Miracle Girl". I'm still fighting trying to regulate and learn about this disease since I'm a new type 1 diabetic. It's tough. It's changed my life forever, it will never be the same. It's hard to deal with but at the same time I'm thankful because it has showed me that I'm stronger than I think & that God isn't done with me yet! I had so many people praying for me & that's what helped pull me through! It's tough, but it can be done and miracles do happen! I'm living proof! God is good and prayer is powerful! Praying for a cure!!!!

Cassie
Elizabethton, TN

Diabetes doesn't control me anymore!

I was diagnosed as Diabetic last November and I went into the hospital because it started with me feeling REALLLY sick and not being able to keep any food or liquids down, not even the tiniest sip. And when they checked my sugars when I got settled into the hospital room, it was OVER 600! And honestly, who knows how long it had been that way. But I really thank my mom for saving my life, literally.

They tried me on a couple different insulin shots, and we had to keep switching due to my insurance not being able to cover certain ones. We finally found one that's a syringe and you mix it up yourself, and it's just a once a week shot. And I was already taking some of the Metformin twice a day. I didn't mind the once a week shot too much, but the needle was a lot thicker than I was use to.

I just had an appointment yesterday with my diabetes doctor, and she said that whatever I was doing, I should keep doing, because when she looked at my numbers, everything looked completely normal

That's when I got the best news that a diabetic could probably ever get. My endo doctor said that I'm doing so well that I don't need the weekly Bydreon shot anymore!!! My mom was so happy with this news that she cried, because she came in the room for the appointment.

She said that she was praying for me, a lot. And here's perfect proof that prayer CAN and DOES work wonders and miracles.

So no matter what age you are, or what type, it IS possible to get better. Don't give up on yourself yet!!!!

Melissa F.
Wilmington, NC

Diabetes, my life

How has diabetes affected my life? That's a tough question. After living with type 1 diabetes for 42 years the question is more like how hasn't it. It hasn't always been easy but it has been my life for so long, I'm not sure what it would feel like to live without it. I have had a good, healthy life and have a wonderful husband and two healthy children who have supported me through lows and highs and everything that's involved in taking care of myself. Diabetes affects all aspects of your life, but you don't need it to control your life as long as you control your diabetes.

Anonymous
Albany, NY

my story

this is my daughter rosa she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of four on dec 8th 2012 rosa had gotten up she was throwing up but she was still drinking and playing around but she would not eat and she used the restroom alot on dec 9 2012 she got up still throwing up she looked worst then she did on the 8th as the morning went on she started to look really pale as the day went on i was brushing her hair she couldn't sat up i had rushed her to the hospital when we got there they rushed her to the back and told me she had dka which has to do with diabetes her sugars were 1962 they told me if i didn't bring her when i did she won't be here today her a1c were 13.9 today she is a happy fun loving child who sometimes don't want to take her meds her sugars are still going up and down she gets sick alot but she is still happy

debra mcfeeley
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL

A Hard Road

I was diagnosed 15 years ago. I'm 46 years old now. My journey hasn't been one of fun and happiness. I'd been really sick and lethargic with a fever for almost a year. When one of my doctors finally sent me too the lab for diabetic testing. He'd seen me enter the exam room with an abnormally large jug of water. 3 days later when I returned for my follow up he told me that I was diabetic and sent me to my first class the next day. I didn't believe him and I didn't want to do what the teachers and nutritionalist taught me. I was in denial. I ended up with diabetic Neuropathy and extremely bad eye sight. The Neuropathy is so painful sometimes it makes you want to cut your legs off. I also have chronic intestinal problems. My A1C is now 6.7 and I'm very proud of that. I take Janumet twice a day and insulin once a day. And even then I still have trouble with highs and lows. It's very scary sometimes but it's not something you can't handle. Now I'm fighting swollen veins and hardened blood vessels in my eyes. There is always something that is being damaged because of my diabetes. Numbness in my feet is uncomfortable. It's an all day, every day battle. Being scared if your sugar is going to drop low at 1 am. Or just being so tired all the time. Thank God I have my husband and daughter who watch me like a hawk. Diabetes is scary, painful, nerve racking, numbing and deadly. Don't be mischievous and not do what your told. The sooner you accept it and handle it like big men and women should the easier it will be for you to manage. You Will Still Have Bad days. That's the nature of the beast. But you can do it. And live a long wonderful life. Keep God first, do what the doctors say and you'll be fine.

Ellen Burno
King George, VA
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