And do you know what I'm doing now as I type this? I'm completely destroying half of a 7oz Lindt chocolate bunny. And by destroy, I mean eat. Le Gasp! you say. Yes, yes, I'm right there with you. But this is my problem, and I'm here for support, as well as encouragement. Come this Cinco de Mayo, I will have been a diabetic for 12 years. Of those 12 years, I've had an Hba1c of over 10 for more than half. It has leveled off at around 12 and has stayed that way for a couple years. Why? Well, because I'm just not doing a thing. No, literally. I'm not. And I haven't for a long time. I've been able to slide by and not have any complications, but now I'm starting to see some of the symptoms of prolonged high blood glucose. I feel like crap all the time, every little cut I get turns into an angry red scar, my stomach won't cooperate... Oh, and I'm pretty sure my hair is falling out, too. Yep. It's falling out. It's a bit of a rude awakening. Anyway, to make a long story short, I've decided to do something about it before I start to have some major problems. Thus far, I've been lucky. I'm extremely glad to have found this site, because I find that I have an extreme amount of difficulty finding support in my area. (I've tried out two support groups, and I was the only one under the age of 60, and only one other person had type1.) I still have a lot of barriers and hurdles I need to get through, but hey, this is a start, and I think I'm off to a good one. (Tested my sugars 6 times today! As opposed to ZERO.)

Back to the chocolate bunny. I'm not saying it's my last hurrah, because it won't be, but the fact of the matter is that it's super delicious, and I'm not willing to give it up. The good thing is that I did the correct amount of insulin for it and have a timer set for a couple of hours later so I can check my count again. I'll be working on cutting down my sugar intake starting right after I finish Peter Chocolate Butt.

I'm hoping to meet some people, talk about some stuff, commiserate about other stuff, get advice from people who have experienced what I'm going through, and perhaps get some encouragement. Already I've had a lovely reception, which was both welcoming and encouraging in and of itself. Hopefully this community will help me kick my rear into gear, and I look forward to that.

Giddyap.

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You didn't save any of the bunny for me?! Kinda late for Easter, isn't it? I try not to think or talk about weaknesses, I have too many, but it does seem to make them more precious if you manage to fall of the wagon less often.
I can't live without chocolate, either. I eat unsweetened baking chocolate, though. No sugar. Guaranteed bingeproof, but you still get all the good effects chocolate can bring.
Congratulations on kicking yourself in the "you know what". I think making the decision to manage your diabetes is half the battle.
You can do it. You are worth the effort!
Good for you for making the decision to change things. You can do it, one step at a time! Testing more often (and then using the information to make changes) is a great way to start. I suggest you get the book Using Insulin by John Walsh as it will teach you the basics of carb counting, basal/bolus dosing, etc. It might be a refresher course but that might help! I started a Type 1 Women's Group in my area, which, unfortunately is 3,000 miles away from your area, but I love my group. I started it with the support of the local branch of the JDRF. You might want to contact them to see if there is a group near you, or consider starting one if there isn't! It really helps to have people to related to who understand what you are going through! Good luck on turning things around!

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