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Emotional Support

This a group for non-judgmental attitudes, active listening, honest communication, and finding ways to support each other, whether it's good news or bad.

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Diabetes related problems or not...

Started by t1diabetic24. Last reply by Tavia V. Sep 13, 2014. 16 Replies

I don't know how some people manage type 1 diabetes, exercise and feel pretty good. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type 1 and the first year was pretty good for me. I was feeling ok. I went to the…Continue

Help me :-(

Started by iyaz. Last reply by Marion Mifsud Apr 4, 2014. 7 Replies

I was diagnosed on New Years Eve and it hasn't even been a month and I'm already fed up of this shi**y disease! I try and stay as positive as I can and my day will be going great until I check my…Continue

Prejudices from non-diabetics and diabetics alike!

Started by latvianchick. Last reply by Alycat Jan 7, 2014. 8 Replies

I seem to get so much prejudice from non-diabetics and I find it hard to bite my tongue!  What can I do? My sister has told me that because I went down to my local hospital while suffering from high…Continue

depression, frustration, stress and diabetes

Started by luisvi00. Last reply by trenia Sep 2, 2013. 6 Replies

I am a person with a lot of problems right now and all cause me stress. I want a new job opportunity, since I hate my 15 yo job. But I cannot just change because I need the money to survive. I live…Continue

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Comment by David (dns) on April 5, 2014 at 1:31pm

Misogynistic? Well, yeah -- not to mention potentially fatal.

Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 5, 2014 at 12:19pm

Seems to me that T1s come in all the body shapes and sizes that the general population does. Much of that is genetics, and it is somewhat modifiable, but not completely. We all need to appreciate the body we've inherited, and not wish we were something we can never be, because it won't happen. And not to fall into the trap of the anorexic, airbrushed media that tells us to be Barbie dolls, which is very misogynistic!

Comment by skinny type-1 on April 4, 2014 at 5:47pm

Christy: Please private message me. I may have some information and ideas that could help. NO, it is not uncommon for type-1's to be overweight. Suggesting that you are abnormal in that way is simply his/her ignorance of dealing much with type-1's. I spent many, many years 90-100 lbs overweight after having been diagnosed type-1. So, it is not uncommon at all. Some of the best friends I have made on diabetic social sites have come together with me from a mutual desire to lose a lot of weight and become more healthy. I have requested you as a friend today so that we can communicate if you would like to. Good luck and hang in there because what you are going through currently many type-1's have and are dealing with as well.

Comment by christy on April 4, 2014 at 5:32pm
I have nonstop panic attacks and uncontrollable crying when I'm not on antidepressants. So I don't have much choice. Thank you for your concern. I wish you the best.
Comment by john on April 4, 2014 at 4:01pm


It sounds more like the depression is running your life much more than the diabetes ever did. The depression is also likely what is causing you to eat the way you are/did whatever. I can tell you that I have NEVER been able to gain weight. I am always at least 30lbs under what I should be for my height, bone mass (really thick, yet brittle bones) and age. As for the pump, well, I had to stop it a few months back, after less than a year of usage due to insurance issues. Being disabled with a missing right leg, I can't get work even though I do try. Or, the only work I can find would earn me just enough to completely disqualify me for my disability check, not provide enough extra income to cover fuel costs to get back and forth to said job.

Depression sucks, and I do believe that is common in Diabetics, but I personally, have never found an anti-depression med that did more than just make my life dull and boring to the point of uselessness.

For me, and this is for me only, meaning I am not prescribing this to anyone else, but I get the impression that at least feeling emotional pain is a hundred times better than feeling nothing at all which is where I end up when on anti-depressants.

All I can really say Christy, is I do truly wish you well, and sincerely hope that you are able to find your way out of the hole you currently find yourself in. Take care of yourself first, emotionally and physically, before worrying about anything else.

Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 12:05pm

I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 16. The worst time of a girl's life to stick out. I hated that it ruled my life so I pushed it away after I got married at 19. Now at age 36 my life is in shambles for much of this reason:

I have been on the pump for 16 years. I originally got on it so I could skip meals and not be on an eating schedule. I was tired of diabetes ruling my life. I wanted to be in charge. Quite the opposite happended. I began eating all the time and anything I wanted because I only had to push a button. I am currently 140 lbs. overweight. Very uncommon for a Type 1. I have tried almost every weight loss program available. In fact, I'm trying to have the gastric sleeve procedure now. The surgeon is scared to operate because he's never seen an overweight Type 1. Is it THAT uncommon? Am I that odd? Is anyone else out there having this issue? I've decided to go back to shots and an eating schedule with diabetes ruling my life once again so I can lose the weight and feel healthy.

I'm also on 2 different meds for depression.

Comment by Mari on March 27, 2014 at 6:55am
Thank you all for your feedback I really appreciate it:) you're all awesome!
Comment by Natalie ._c- on March 25, 2014 at 8:47pm

I like Fastclix, too. Somehow, it doesn't hurt as much. Also, if you test repeatedly in the same place, you develop calluses, and then it doesn't hurt at all most of the time. It's hard in the beginning, because your fingers really do get sore, but as you develop calluses, it gets much better.

Comment by David (dns) on March 25, 2014 at 3:47pm

As with most aspects of diabetes, which lancing device you prefer is likely to be a very individual thing. There are a lot of different ones out there and the one that is most comfortable for you is something only you can determine.

Personally I like the Fastclix from Roche. It's adjustable in the range that I like and I really like that it can be operated with one hand and works with just a single click.

Comment by Ila on March 25, 2014 at 10:27am
I'm using Wavesense right now, but when I reorder I will have to get what the insurance covers. Also, I have several difference lancet holders and found most lancets will fit most lancet holders.

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