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.When I was diagnosed 13 years ago, I did NOTHING about it for two years. Don't ask why changed my mind, I just did. I've had several friends who have ignored their diagnosis, recently, and it drives me crazy. I have given them the name of the BEST CDE we have in the area, they have either made appts and then done nothing, or skipped out, wasting his time. I see their health even this early going down is already experiencing retinopathy and the other is ignoring the sudden changes in kidney and liver functions "whats all this medication for?". I know I can't do anything about it, their lives, their choices. But it bothers the heck out of me, when they won't be around to grow old with me. Do I just let them go? Or do I lead by example and hope they catch on? I don't know but I have to let go of this.,'.

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Comment by Teena on June 7, 2013 at 7:47pm

You nailed it when you said take care of yourself and stay healthy...Do the best by setting yourself as an example. This is one situation that you cannot "do the fishing" for them but instead teaching them. Education is still the key. You can even invite them for group exercises and healthy recipe parties. Im sure you care for your friends. Do the best you can but they have to do the rest. Im assuming they are adults as well? We lead our own lives. You're doing a good job by staying healthy yourself. You must be one heck of a GOOD friend :)

Comment by Don on June 7, 2013 at 9:16pm

I have a more broad comment that ignoring a dx is human nature. No one (myself included) likes to hear that they have a disease and are limited in some way. It has made me want to rebel although now that I am 8 years into my "sentence" I more or less accept what I have to do to stay healthy! You can be there when your friends are ready.

Comment by Stemwinder (Gary) on June 8, 2013 at 7:40pm

This is a dilemma for me also, I have managed my D pretty well for the last two years but didn't always do so. I have friends and family that are not doing that great still. I try to mentor them and teach by example but not everyone will take their D serious enough.

I have had some success. When my brother realized that he needed to do better he came to me and asked for advice. It gave me a good feeling to be able to help.


Comment by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on June 8, 2013 at 7:49pm

a doctor gave me the best line ever.

When you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you will take care of yourself. Man was he ever right. When i got tired of it, I changed it. Feel free to use it. it works well for those who are nto yet sick and tired.

Comment by sdkate on June 9, 2013 at 3:13pm

Thanks Rick, it's the perfect line, they will get it then.

Comment by Megan S on July 5, 2013 at 8:38pm

I have a friend who treats a mild low with three pieces of pizza or some KFC and then is shocked when his blood sugar hits the ceiling and stays there. He's been diabetic longer than I have and takes copious amounts of insulin (duh!) but just doesn't get it.

Another friend of mine has thyroid problems and was complaining that she drinks and urinates a lot, and feels tired after meals. When I mentioned to her that it sounded like diabetes she told me that she is diabetic too but her doc just told her to pop a pill daily and carry on. She doesn't test her blood sugar for months on end.


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