I was 71.
I have no trouble with it. Oh, yes, what I put in my mouth can cause huge spikes cause I'm a thin person. But I simply don't put them in my mouth.
I used a CGMS for a year, recorded everything, learned what I could and could not eat.
I follow a modified Dr. Bernstein diet, I do not swing, and I am very actively caring for others in the family, exercising, keeping multitudinous appointments for others' needs, and keeping up my professional education. Coping=living it up per normal.
Some psychiatrist somewhere will someday say I sublimated it, had a deep-seated need for brain activity, etc. etc.
I was 28 when I was diagnosed with type 1. 14 years later, I'm healthy and have 3 fantastic kids who keep me on my toes. All 3 kids are after my diabetes diagnosis.
Living with diabetes isn't easy, it is definitely a day to day kind of thing. If I have a day full of not so good numbers, I do my best and look towards tomorrow. Diabetes isn't a perfectionist condition. I do what I can and realize no matter how hard I try, some days just won't be fun. Anyone who wants to criticize what I do needs to walk a month in my shoes and tell me how they'd do it differently.
I was diagnosed back in 1991 when I was 6. I was young enough that I don't really remember not being a diabetic. Only recently did I really embrace life as a diabetic and accept that it's never going to go away. Diabetes really is a lifestyle.
My daughter Julia was diagnosed six months ago, the day after her 8th birthday. We cope by maintaining a PMA - positive mental attitude. :) Some days are easier than others, but I focus on the good days to carry me through the bad.
I was 16, 35 years ago. A lot of the coping for me is running on autopilot from day to day. I try not to stress out when things aren't going as smoothly and when they aren't I only think about what I need to do in the next 24 hours to regain that control. Does that mean I haven't had times of complete and udder lack of control in the past, of course not. Sometimes even the best of coping mechanisms will let us down. I think the secret is to not beat one's self over those moments, sometime easier said than done.
Oh yea, that and an understanding wife of 30 years.
I was diagnosed at 11 with Type 1. It's been 17 years now and I've had ups and downs, but I got some great advice early on. "Never let diabetes be an excuse for you NOT to do something you really want to do." I've tried to live by that. Obviously, I've had to make adjustments here and there, but I've pretty much been able to do anything I wanted to do.
Almost a month ago as t-1 aged 36. Coping with it doing what I have to do to stay alive. Dealing with some anger and probably a little depressed at the moment but like I said got to do what I have to do.
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