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Do you feel that diabetes has ruined your life ?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by HICHAM_T2, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Being diagnosed with diabetes was the best thing that could have happened to me to be honest. I've lost weight and feel great, I no longer eat processed **** and I am able to work and still have enough energy to run around after my grandchildren. I don't miss the chest and stomach pains, being unable to breathe, the headaches and lethargy and the mini comas. Don't get me wrong sometimes it's not easy but I've never once thought that it has ruined my life.
     
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  2. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Diagnosed T1D at the tender age of 6, so I only know being a diabetic. Things were primitive when I started out....but have come on in leaps and bounds. Yes, it has caused me major problems (lost sight in left eye and stage 4CKD) BUT I do NOT let it get in the way. It can make things harder to do but with planning there is nothing a T1D can not do. Diabetes will not beat me
     
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    No no no no no.

    When I was given the confirmed diagnosis, I was told "diabetes should not stop you doing what you want".
    Since then, I have lived my life proving that point: as well as the usual working (including a career change with lots of International travel), dating (in which I was very open about my diabetes), trying every type of food I can find (and learnt to adjust my insulin for different foods) and general day-to-day living, I have competed in sports events, sailed across the channel in force 8 gale, walked in the Himalayas, rock climbed in the Dolomites, sky dived over Northants, tracked gorillas in Uganda, canoed down the Wye, ...
    Sure some things require a bit of planning and I have had to walk for 8 hours after a horrible night time hypo and I have struggled to mountain bike because my BG is too high and ... but I manage my diabetes, it does not control me. I won't let it ruin my life.
     
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  4. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    At least I don't eat what I want

    Cause I have health problems

    When i don't control it i don't sleep well it up three times a night. This adversely affects my work
    Conversely What do you offer diabetes for you?
     
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    #64 HICHAM_T2, Feb 15, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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  5. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It has modified my life but not ruined it. I'm only diagnosed as a T2 a bit over two years and have diet and blood in control with planning, vigilance and discipline. New nothing at diagnosis and the information from the hospital next to useless. Self education, talking and forums like this have helped immensely. I'm now 12 kg lighter, fitter, healthier and feel pretty good. Just for the record, my wife and I lost our eldest boy at 5 years of age to cancer. Kind of puts a T2 diagnosis into perspective quick smart.

    Glenn
     
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  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    What an awful tragedy for you all. I am so sorry, and you are right. Even a cancer diagnosis, living with it and living beyond it puts it all into perspective. For me, anyway. Diabetes isn't always pleasant and is hard work, but it can be controlled. Some other chronic or life threatening conditions can't.
     
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  7. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    We are sorry for your wife's loss

    The only thing I can not understand is spending a lot of money to destroy people in wars
    In return, some money is not spent to revive some people
     
  8. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Like others have said diabetes has changed my life not ruined it, especially as my diabetes is caused by taking medication that quite possibly has saved my life and at the least has kept me mobile well I'm not spending my days sat in a chair any more.

    So it was a risk and a trade off that I was willing to take.
     
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  9. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    Thank you. I needed to hear that, especially today.
     
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  10. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well over 50 years on insulin here. Diabetes gave me a different and sometimes frustrating life. I’m not sure if it did ruin it but it certainly made it very difficult at times. Being diagnosed so young built in a discipline, driven by doctors, nurses and parents all those years ago, about everything connected to the condition and that is sometimes not a good thing. I remember a doctor telling me that with the new insulins I could now eat this or that. It took me years to be comfortable enough to take that advice. I always feel I have never ever relaxed with it.

    That constant discipline tires me out. Yes, what it’s done has kept me fit, no diabetic complications BUT some days I really, really despise my diabetes. Perhaps that’s an age thing now but not sure.

    Bill
     
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  11. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it varies from person to person depending on the material circumstances and age
     
  12. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi. You have a a few more years under your belt than me ( 27 yrs here ) but can definitely relate to the mornings you describe.
    Waking covered in blood and requiring stitches, waking surrounded by family and medics, all this years back. Fortunately not so bad nowadays.
     
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  13. caius2x8

    caius2x8 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Glad your doing better. Mine is generally good but i catch myself out now and then too. But my hba1cs are 54 so i keep trying settle a bit lower. Ironically ive found that keeping my blood sugar no lower than 6mM ratger than 4 steadies things a bit too.
     
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  14. cjj

    cjj · Active Member

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    No!

    But it does have limitations with certain careers i:e Army, Navy, Police, oil Rigs, Merchant Navy, Heavy Goods Vehicle driving and many other high risk types of work.

    I’m a tv news cameraman, and I have travelled globally countless times, covering conflict, sport, documentaries etc... however, my experience on reflection, meant that I wasn’t really in control and times when I don’t ever recall checking my B/sugars over long periods. Though I’ve stopped overseas travelling now because I found managing my diabetes and running around with a heavy tv camera are not very compatible, as early diabetic neglect, I believe, has resulted in my current circumstances where neuropathy is quite severe and I’ve also fractured my leg recently where it’s taking quite long to heal.

    Chris
    Type 1 for 42yrs 57yrs old.
     
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  15. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Permit me to raise my hat to you
    You taught me a lesson I will not forget thank you
     
  16. cjj

    cjj · Active Member

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    You’re most welcome - good luck.
     
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  17. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Have to say @hichamgsm your English is just getting better and better. Just been reading up on common Morrocan languages on Google. Mike :)

    I sure couldn't command that level of expertise though I can do limited French, Italian and some German
     
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  18. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You welcome sir
    Can I ask you where are you from ?
     
  19. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Of course you can :) Australia :)
     
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  20. HICHAM_T2

    HICHAM_T2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good peoples you welcome
     
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