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February 2010 Blog Posts (216)

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lots of changes in life.. some people either learn to live with it.. or just avoid everything and dont worry. people should worry at times. but never over worry. i look at myself like a person that person who doesnt care of high sugar numbers.. i really never gave a damn about it.. ever since i got diagnosed i been so angry about it. i first started out by being so paranoid about people knowing. then i just avoided everything that had to do with diabetes like if i needed to test… Continue

Added by shelby de leon on February 28, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Coping with the news that my four yr old has type 1

I am new at blogging just like I am new to diabetes so I hope I am doing this right.

My about to be 4 yr old daughter Ava began showing all the symptoms this past fall. They became more and more evident in December and January. February I brought her for blood work. I really thought there was just no way she'd have diabetes, like as if that could never happen "to us". Ava had been hooked on her pacifier and I had finally put an end to it, soon after she started drinking…

Added by Kelly on February 28, 2010 at 5:52pm — 12 Comments

Whats happening to me????!

It's sort of strange for me to even question why I feel a certain way or why I have certain thoughts. You see I am the stronger one. I am the one who gets it done. I AM the one mostly in control and seeking to make it all better...yes I am the one.......or used to be the one. Having a pity party? No not really. Just asking the question that keeps coming up when I have days like these. Diagnosed with boaderline diabetes Jan 2006 and full diabetes in 2007 followed by thyroid cancer…


Added by Reatha on February 28, 2010 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

Diabetes...It's a Family Thing

I come from a large family. To be exact, I am the youngest of 10 children. My family history of diabetes was minimal until about 7 years ago. My father, who is a Type 1 (LADA) and diagnosed long before I came along, was the only one who had diabetes. Then I was diagnosed 7 years ago with Type 1 (LADA). My mother, who had gestational diabetes, was next to be diagnosed as Type 2 late in life. Soon it was onto a sister and then a brother and his wife who are all Type 2. (I think… Continue

Added by mother4peace - Christine on February 28, 2010 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Better Betics pact!

Hey guys. I decided to just post a short one tonight.

The last two days (actually... today more than friday) was rough. I went to Penn State University to audition for their musical theatre department... Friday all of my blood sugars were really great... Today though, I was high pretty much all day... Also during the audition, the battery in my pump died, and I couldn't get a new one until after... However; my BG is now back in order, and I feel so much…


Added by Andrew Grabowski on February 27, 2010 at 8:48pm — 5 Comments

My "non-D" friends don't understand my friends don't have any idea of how this is for me...I know, I know poor me! ha...anyway...

I don't really know how to it like a diary? is it a place to complain? Is it a place to post your Hopes, Strengths, Experience?

Ok...I'm a Type 2 on 20 mcg/ day byetta and up to 2000mg/ day metformin per day. Don't know if that's "normal" of not. Is there a normal?

I haven't been taking my meds or taking care of myself lately. Now-my feet hurt and…

Added by Tammy H on February 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

If Disney did verse

In tribute to the very funny notion of Disney tackling the difficult topic of chronic disease, as expressed by Shoot up or Put up, I thought I would play out the postulate in poetic form…

If Disney did diabetes,

What a wonderful thing it would be!

For cute woodland creatures would all rally round,

And test…

Added by Alan Eastwood on February 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Better Betics Blog : Already Struggling

It's been less than a week into my new pact with my best friend and fellow diabetic Andrew Grabowski (who had the wonderful idea of blogging on this awesome site) and I'm already finding it to be a struggle. It feels like I'm living such a hectic life where I'm too busy putting different things on top of Diabetes on my priority list (if that makes sense?). I know that Diabetes should be near the top on that list, because it's my health, but since I've had it for most of my life ( I…


Added by Martha Ann Larkin on February 27, 2010 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

Don't forget about the DFF Contest

Don’t forget to submit for the DFF (Diabetic Friend Forever) Contest!! Look for the next story on Tuesday.

The What, When and How

What: Write a story about your DFF, sharing with us the things they do to help make your life a positive one.

When: I will take stories starting today and the contest will end April 2nd. (I couldn’t do the 1st because that’s April Fools…


Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on February 27, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

My Diabetes Story - Part Three: Redemption and Recovery

Over the next year and a half after my son's birth, I was sick all the time. I tried to get back in to shape but I'd work out for a few days and then get a head cold or the flu again and again. Infections persisted. Vision changes persisted. Through a lucky break I got a family doctor in the winter of 2008. Fabe and I wanted two children and I thought it was better to have the second sooner and get over all the misery that was pregnancy and move on with my…


Added by Kelly on February 27, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Diabetes Story - Part Two: Three Midwives and a Sumo Wrestler

Part Two: Three Midwives and a Sumo Wrestler

Now, in these parts, family doctors are nearly impossible to get and obstetricians are scarce. If you don't have a family doctor -- and mine went out of practice while I was away -- you have to go to walk-in clinics if you're ill. I understand that now there is a pool of obstetricians you can go see in the later months of your pregnancy if…


Added by Kelly on February 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Help xD


I have been really busy recently since I entered to some dancing and acting lessons, Homework keeps me busy too between other things haha xD but I really don't want to stop blogging! I love everyone in here too much to leave xD

I have been doing more exercise than I'm used to cause of my new lessons but when they finish my sugar is really high even though I don't eat. Is this normal?

I would really appreciate an…

Added by DSandCT on February 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


i can not stand have this s*** i fell like im in the gutter all the time when my blood suger is high one time it puts in a evil mood for the rest of that day some times i think way us why me and why should i keep on TRYING to live this way sometimes i wish i would have never made it to the hospital that day and just died ever sense getting this i have lost friends because the way i act know i hate myself now i dont beleave in nothing i mean how can you did we get this as a gift i dont think so… Continue

Added by Z Money on February 26, 2010 at 3:18pm — 5 Comments

New Term -- DiaBooBoos

I have always been open with my children about my....ahem...."condition", but my daughter, who is the oldest, always seemed to be more tuned in than my son when she was his age. Both are curious, but he never really asks me about myself but shows interest in all of my gadgets. But since I had my first run in with a serious low that left me incapacitated, I thought I better make sure he knows what the name of my disease is.

So while I was changing out my infusion set, in walks my son… Continue

Added by mother4peace - Christine on February 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Just thought i'd do a little update

Hey guys!

I haven't been posting alot over the past few months because i've been busy finishing up my degree, and the pump has been working wonders, I feel somewhat normalized its wonderful :)

I'm going to France for a semester the summer to do a bit of traveling and work on some things for my masters, So i'm pretty exhilarated with that.

My blood sugars have been really good! however sometimes I still have that little struggle in the morning, but it is coming… Continue

Added by snowangel66 on February 26, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments


why is it that if your sugar levels rise you get depressed for no reason? this week i had the flu for the first time since i have been diagnosed, it was a strugle to learn to cope with it but i made it. now i am just feeling super depressed and can not give a reason. i am sruggling to get back to the bubbly person i was.

Added by monna on February 26, 2010 at 2:57am — 5 Comments

Martha's Part of the Pact

My name is Martha, half of the Better Betics Pact. As Andrew said, I was diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of three and am now sixteen years old. Living with Diabetes for almost thirteen years, many think I should have perfect control over my disease- I don't.For years I have struggled to keep my A1C under control, both for things beyond my control and my own pure laziness/ resistance to my Endo and parent's advice. One saving grace in my life was the insulin pump; I throughly… Continue

Added by Andrew Grabowski on February 25, 2010 at 4:36pm — 3 Comments

How do you avoid stress in this situation?

They tell us that when we have diabetes we should avoid stress.. My doctor keeps critisizing me because my blood sugars have been high in the past.. I keep telling her it's stress and she keeps saying then use the stress avoidance tactics. Ha! that's a real laugh.

Over the last couple of years I've had so much stress I'm surprised I'm functioning at all.

In less than a year I've lost three people who I loved very much.. One of them being my ex husband.. although not loving… Continue

Added by Denise Suzanne Grant on February 25, 2010 at 3:49pm — 4 Comments

The Better 'Betic. Post One

Hey everyone! Three days ago, my good friend Martha (we’re actually diabetic ‘twins’) and I made a pact.

Martha and I are both type ones. She was diagnosed when she was three years old, and she is now sixteen. I was diagnosed when I was seven, and I am now eighteen. So both of us have been living with this for almost our entire lives.…


Added by Andrew Grabowski on February 25, 2010 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

My Diabetes Story: A Comedy of Errors in Three Parts

Part One: Out of Focus

It's been 6 years since I caught the first sign of a problem with my health. Since then, I've had two children, countless visits to doctor's offices and walk-in clinics. I've even had two hospital stays. I've probably crossed paths with over 20 health professionals, yet it was a small-town optician who got it right in 2004. If only someone had listened to him....…


Added by Kelly on February 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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