Well I have known about my diabetes for a whole month now. In that month I have experienced the good/bad and ugly:

1) Found out I had a "disease"
2) Got told to stab my fingers 3-5x a day and bleed on this gizmo.
3) Got told to radically change my diet love of the beer and exercise
4) Was informed of all the wost case scenarios
5) Attended 3 of 4 sessions of a diabetes education class where everyone there was my parents age.
6) Went to a "diabetes expo" and was scared out of my mind by the people I saw there.
7) Upset my family with my testing, and new diet requirements.
8) Just overwhelmed and depressed, breaking out crying in the middle of a conference call (Big tough Marine right?)

The good:
1) This site. Everyone here has been so supportive and informative. I have never seen any indication of negative comments or "flaming" that you see all over the internet. I really feel like I have been "adopted" by a new extended family, and I think you all for that.
2) I know now, and I can do something to ensure I stay healthy. I dont live for myself, I live for my family. I am their provider, husband, and father. i will do what it takes to make sure I can continue and be successful with that.
3) I dropped 5 pounds :) YEA!
4) My kids are asking questions, and want to also be more healthy. They are getting tested next week.
5) Got a new exercise bike and saved 100$ on it by going to the expo :)

I still have more questions than answers, and don't know what I don't know.

Thank you all!

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Comment by Marie B on February 28, 2009 at 10:57am
Hey, Jerry, good job! It must be so overwhelming. It's been 41 years for me. I too, think this is a very special place to be. There are so many amazing people here. You can thank our administrators for keeping us safe and "flame-free". Hard to believe, but there are not-nice people out there who would like to take advantage or harm innocent or gullible people here, and they are vigilant about keeping them out.

Consider yourself adopted!
Comment by JerryInPDX on February 28, 2009 at 11:42am
Thanks! Its amazing here, and finding that most diabetics in general are really helpful and generous with their knowledge. I was at the bus stop for my kids and this other mom, said "Did i see you at the diabetes expo", she whipped up her jacket and showed me her pump... offered to answer questions and game me some doc referrals! I need all the friends i can get!
Comment by Domo! on March 1, 2009 at 7:06am
sounds like your holding up okay. Just remember you got your whole life to stress out and worry, so let's start by just taking it one day at a time and maybe eliminating the need to stress altogether.
Comment by JerryInPDX on March 2, 2009 at 5:53pm
Thanks, yea im trying to make some positive life changes. Spend the weekend building a gym in the garage, so im kinda motivated now :)
Comment by Patti Burns on April 17, 2009 at 11:26pm
Hey, green eyes! It's just the beginning, wait a year from now and see how far you have come will be the awesomest experience you ever had. You know why, cause I'll be there to make sure you are enjoying your life with your wife, and kids. Dude, they need you more than ever. By showing them that Dad is a superman with diabetes will give them inspiration. And you should count your blessings cause most diabetics don't have a mate, they go thru it alone. Give your wife a hug and tell her how lucky you are to have her.
I'm watching you, your crazy friend....Patti
Comment by JerryInPDX on April 18, 2009 at 1:20pm
Goona keep me in check eh :) GOOD I need all the help I can get! So happy so see the sun come out finally, may go for a walk later, before I get suited up for paintball lol


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