If you had to pick one of your biggest struggles living with diabetes, but also one of your biggest strengths, what would they be?

For me, I struggle with remembering to do things in a timely manner such as bolusing during or right after I eat, but my biggest strength from having diabetes is just knowing that I can deal with difficult situations that arise in my life, I don't let them defeat me.

What about you?

Views: 183

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Strength - dietary knowledge
Struggle - crippling fear of low bloodsugars

struggle for 50 years: blood glucose/insulin. Amazes and astonishes me daily.

strength: get up and go on everyday, no matter what. SO hard sometimes, but important to keep going, keep the job, keep the family on track and be a real human being. Don't always feel so real/regular as a diabetic.

It sucks.

Struggle is the "time sink" aspect of diabetes. I am a slacker and love having time to do NOTHING but diabetes gets in the way of a lot of that.

Strength is knowing myself more than I would if I wasn't.

Struggle: Feeling guilty if I do something "wrong."

Strength: setting D goals and constantly improving.

Strength - Taking it seriously. A lot of T2's don't.
Struggle - Diet

Strength - My ability to overcome :D Often I'll look at something that I may not even consider doing and think "Well I'll just PROVE that someone with type 1 can do this!"

Struggle - Fear of dying young. I'm a single parent to an awesome 7 year old. His mother has been out of the picture (for good reasons) for years and it's just me and him. I get crippling bouts of fear and depression worrying about what would happen to him if I passed away.

I'm a little late to the game, but I wanted to play :)

Strength - knowing everything there is to know about food

Struggle - not taking insulin like a should for fear of weight gain. :(

My biggest struggle is still grabbing that monitor out of my purse to check when I go out to eat. At home it's on the counter right in plain view so that whenever I get food I remember to check. But whenever I am out to eat I am so focused on how many carbs are going into my body that I forget the important part of checking my BG.
My biggest Strength is knowing my foods. I know how high I will go if I eat pasta or how long it will take for the juice to actually kick in while I am having a hypo.

My biggest struggle has been to convince my wholly medically oriented family that I am not going to keel over with a coronary tomorrow or any time soon. There are some beliefs among doctors and nurses trained in the past generations that we are subject to sudden finishes. No matter that I put on dinners for 16, all my physicals come out beautifully and ECGs are perfect specimens, they are trained question-askers with a purpose when we get together. I run stairs with a flourish, I treadmill avidly with a Playaway around my neck, I run to neighbors who ask for a professional viewpoint, I keep up over 3.5 mph in any store/mall I can, but it's still a struggle to help lower expectations of these family members. They are question-askers, continually trying to find something that will satisfy their belief that a quick finish is in the offing!

Struggle: My biggest struggle is controlling my after-dinner eating. I always think that I can have just one cookie or a small amount of ice cream, but a little bit leads to a lot.

Strength: A positve attitude. I have never had a hard time accepting Type 1 and I wake up every day trying to do a good job to stay healthy. I have lots of "failures", but I always wake up the next day and try again.

RSS

Advertisement



REsources

From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

Meet The 2014 Big Blue Test Grant Recipients

  This year Diabetes Hands Foundation has pledged US$35,000 in Big Blue Test grants, continuing its support for programs aimed at providing lifesaving supplies, medical tests, treatment, and patient education to people living in need who have or at risk Read on! →

Kim Vlasnik: The Patient Voice

  Kim Vlasnik, you NAILED it! In this video, Kim Vlasnik takes our breath away as she describes what its like to be a person with diabetes. Fortunately, Stanford’s Medicine-X Conference gives ePatients, like Kim, a chance to speak since we carry the Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)

DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 1)


Administrators

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)

 

LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word

Loading…

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service