Needing help and advice

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Hi everyone my name is Danna. I have never written on a forum or blogged or anything like this but I wanted to try this and see how it goes. So here it goes. I am 20 years old, working at a factory full time trying to save up for school and a house and a car and pay for medicine all at the same time and it's rather hard, but that's not what I need advice about. I have been a diabetic for 9 years going on 10. I was diagnosed at age 11. When I was first diagnosed I thought it was a terminal illness because I didn't know what diabetes was and I had just had a friends dad that I knew very well pass away from it not even a month before getting diagnosed. Later finding out that it was because he drank himself to death and the alcohol messed with his blood sugar. Anyway I tried to take of myself as best as I could for the longest time, but in school it was rather hard. I got told I was a drug or a drug pusher or a freak and just so much more.well I finally got tired of being made fun of and I quit taking my medicine and taking care of myself. Ever since then I have been up hill and down hill with it. I had moved to Texas to live with my dad and for a while things got better then right back down hill. I moved back to my current location and thing ate a little better well my A1C is anyway but u still very rarely check my sugar or count how much I eat I just take as much insulin as I think I need. Well I want to be able to have a family and live a long life so I want to try to change things around before it's too late. My kidneys are working great nothing wrong with my eyes or nerves everything is just fine as of now. The person that I am with now I really love and I want a long life with him and a family and so I want to do this for not only him but for me and any possible future family. I am in need of advice on how to try to turn this around, any tips on how others have done it. I have been in this routine for a few years now so it's a hard cycle to break but I really want to I just don't rereally have enough motivation I guess. My significant other doesn't know much about this stuff but I try to teach him the basics of when to call the ambulance or stuff food down my face. Anyway I want to change but change is hard for me but I want to try it anyway. I know I can do it I just have to do it. So please if any advice at all would be helpful. Thank you!!!
Posted about 2 years ago
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Please Danna learn what you need to keep your diabetes in check.  Taking extra insulin when you do not know what you are doing is only going to hurt you later down the roll.  You really need to take your diabetes seriously.  My husband has a type 1 work for him and he is not controlling his diabetes.  He takes extra insulin so he an eat sweets or too many carbs.  You say you want a relationship and a family so Please learn and take care of your self.  Not sure I you have insurance check to see if your local hospital has a diabetic educator and go to a class to learn how you need to eat etc.  I have been a diabetic for over 5 months. I got off of it 20 months ago.  When first diagnosed I could not see for a month so I take diabetes very seriously. Mine came on due to stress.  I had a grand daughter dying, my brother and sister in law with cancer and I was taking care of my elderly mother.  All 4 have since passed.  My husband has supported me from day one.  Found me books to learn about diabetes and magazines.  Cooks low carb for me on weekends.  NOTE:  He never cooked before diagnosis.  You have so much to live for but it is up to you.  I try to eat low carb and fresh food as much as possible. Big hug! You can do this   Love and light Carol     
Posted about 2 years ago
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Hi Danna, I am 45 years old and i was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1991 so i have lived with it for a very long time. I also have a 38-year old brother who was diagnosed with Type 1 at the early age of 17 months old and he has never had any complications (THANK GOD) but recently, he has seemingly grown tired of having the disease, taking 4 shots per day, and is also just "guessing" the amount of insulin he needs. I have been trying to encourage him to get back on the right track. It is difficult to deal with sometimes, and can be depressing, BUT if we learn to properly take care of ourselves we will feel SO much better! I recently began to have some issues that sent me into immediate panic attacks, and although these attacks have calmed down, health issues relating to Diabetes will never go away. However, my doctor has told me that i seem to be doing fine (now) and thanks to the visits with my Diabetes specialist and the nutritionist, my sugar levels are back under control. You really need to convince yourself to take just a quick moment to keep check on your sugar level readings, take your meds as appropriate, so to prevent ANY medical issues. It will be SO MUCH MORE difficult and time-consuming to deal with health issues related to Diabetes than it will be to take quick moments out of your day to take care of yourself. I have another brother who is 44 years old who was diagnosed with Type 2 a few years ago but he has NOT taken care of himself and now he is suffering. I am always looking up Diabetes-related information online, i talk to people i know who have Diabetes, and i have also contacted the American Diabetes Association directly with lots of questions and they always answer (and provide sources for me to check into). I also found out that a "Nutritionist" has a great source of Diabetes information. The Nutritionist that i talked to recently (who also has had diabetes for years and years) talked to me about a device called "Dexcom." If i am understanding correctly, this device will help to monitor your sugar level readings. (PLEASE look this up online to get the details about how this device works and what it can do for you) I am now in the process of trying to get this device but i wish i could have gotten it a few years ago but my insurance company would not cover the cost. I am so excited to finally be able to get this device! Also, i have a sister-in-law who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for around 25+ years and she has given birth to 4 healthy children. However, she was very committed to taking care of her Diabetes (which at the same time also helped to protect her children) and she constantly checked her sugar levels, and she is doing great and so are her children. Please keep your head up, stay positive, and think of yourself as an inspiration to other people with Diabetes! And please make appointments to see a Diabetes doctor and a Nutritionist! We are ALL here to support each other, so never give up and PLEASE take care of yourself! 

Posted about 2 years ago
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Danna, I am in the exact same boat as you. I have become so lazy and, for some reason, can not get a grip on taking care of myself. I am a newbie to Type One Diabetes and was doing GREAT when i was first diagnosed last year. Then... I just became tired of the continuous pricking and stabbing. The stares people give me when I am just trying to eat. It is all so very frustrating. I am trying to find the right motivation so I can get a grasp on my life again. Hopefully you find some inspiration and pass it on! <3

Posted about 2 years ago
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Danna, please know that it does not matter what others think or say about your diabetes. It is not about them, it is about YOUR health. I used to struggle with taking shots in public because I felt that I was being judged. I realized that if I did not take the shots, I would be the one suffering and it would have no affect on those who I thought were judging me. Diabetes is a 24/7 job, and though it can be extremely frustrating and tiresome, it is easier to manage it and keep everything in check than to deal with complications that can be life threatening down the road. You are not in this alone and it is time you take care of yourself for you and your family.

Posted about 8 months ago