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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 9/25/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  I'd like to share with you my thoughts on being diabetic, one year after my diagnosis. I am a type 2 niddm.
Of course, like most people, when the doctor uttered the dreaded 'D' word, I was pretty upset.  I knew it might be coming, but I had hoped that I'd still scrape through.  Maybe if the test results were in my favour, I could change things.  Too late.  The lecture I got from the doctor scared me.  I understand that there is no way to say "it's all going to be alright", because it isn't, but she really laid it on thick.  In some ways it was fair enough.  Although I don't drink (well, maybe one or two a month) and I don't smoke (the doc's words, 'if you smoke, you've had it'), I weighed in at over 140Kgs (308lbs) and consumed prodigious amounts of fast food and fizzy drinks.  The government produce a pack for newly diagnosed cases, but incredibly, the doc didn't give me one.  So for a few days I was staggering around, clueless and scared!  I happened to be at the doctors on an unrelated visit a few days later, when I mentioned my new disease to the nurse.  She was amazed that I hadn't got the pack and got me one straight away.  Phew!  So, now I could sort out a plan of attack.
First up, lose weight!  for me, there was no alternative.  Horror stories of blindness, loss of organ function and limbs got me pounding the pavement!  I was given 3 months to lose some weight, or I'd be on medication. That was motivating, let me tell you.  The diet was radically altered.  No fast food, more vegetables and smarter, lower GI products.  Next, the blood glucose monitor.  I had to choose a blue and white one to reflect my support of Tottenham (English football team).  Thank you Accuchek for having just the one! I went to see another doctor who I felt a little more comfortable with.  That, I think is vitally important.  After a very short time, my bs readings (that's 'b'lood 's'ugar, my other bs readings are off the scale!) were within acceptable range.  I've lost about 40lbs. Admittedly, the diet has been relaxed somewhat, which has slowed down the weight loss, but greater education on the effects of various foods has helped.  I've even been on a supermarket tour! And that's how it's been up until now.  Despair has given way to determination.  I know that my body is slowing down (I'm 41), and that I won't be able to stave off drugs forever, but I'm going to try! 
The overall vibe I've got from our community is one of quiet sadness but with a great deal of courage.  This is a nasty, rotten disease, so I am totally in awe of so many people on this board.  Many boardies have so many things to contend with, so many other illnesses and problems.  But they still step up to the plate.  They are in so much pain on a daily basis, but choose to pass on their wisdom and humour, helping everyone from those with type 2 to those with full on type 1 and complications.  You guys are terrific and have been a real help, especially in the dark early days.
I still believe that in a decade, the boffins will have come up with something that will zap the pancreas or get another organ to assist, so that we can get normally functioning insulin.  I know, it's optimistic and I can appreciate that veterans have seen many 'miracle' cures come and go.  But with this disease, I think a little optimism can't hurt.
If you've got this far, I thank you.  This is the Reader's Digest version!  I was going to go on even more!
Cheers and thanks!

Post Edited By Moderator (eljay1066) : 9/26/2006 12:57:44 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 9/25/2006 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I've missed your self here... I knew you moved to a new place but it seems like you dropped off the face of the earth! So glad you are doing better than a year ago. If you find you need the meds they aren't so bad. My doc dragged his feet on prescribing mine and I have the glasses to show for it!

Don't be such a stranger, buddy. You have lots of good input to share and we have lots of newcomers who could benefit from your laid back but purposeful attitude. Hope to see you soon and keep on losing that weight! (Wish I could sad )
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1123
   Posted 9/26/2006 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Brian... I'm new since you were here before.  Diagnosed 3 yrs ago, got serious about diet, lost 50# and got to really good bs and lab numbers.  Had abdominal surgery early this year and have been off track ever since - gained back 10# and bs 10/15 points higher.  More environmental/emotional than food related, I think.

I'm encouraged by reading your post, Thank You!  :-)

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 9/26/2006 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Brian...nice to "meetya"! I tried the "do it myself" plan for a few months and even though I lost 17 pounds my numbers were still all over the place. I noticed more and more pain in my feet, numbness in my hands and my vision was going straight the you know where in a handbasket! At that point I said...gimme the meds! I don't want to encourage any more damage than I have to! Rihgt now I take metformin, avandia and byetta. You may want to ask your doc about Byetta since it really helps in losing weight. (25 pounds in less than 3 months!!) It is an injection twice a day, but it really isnt so bad. The main side effect is nausea. You may want to read some of the byetta posts. I am a big has helped me so much. I finally feel that I am on the right track! Good luck to you.....hope to see ya around!
Deb..Memphis, TN

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Date Joined Jan 2003
Total Posts : 3169
   Posted 9/26/2006 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Nice to meet you, Brian. I am fairly recently diagnosed and your story is most encouraging. Good for you!
Take care. Lois

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 9/27/2006 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Brian,

Great to hear from you!  We all get desperate moments sometimes with diabetes, but reading your words makes me at least feel a bit more determined.

Claire x

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