Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
What's your Type 2 Diabetes story? Let's share!
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Hello, my name is April, and I’m so happy to be here - literally. Last August, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The news floored me. But I’m a fighter, so I told my oncologist that I was willing to do anything necessary to battle this disease. So, after surgery and six rounds of chemo, I’m so happy to announce that I was deemed cancer-free in February of last year. I celebrated by going on a cruise - just in time, before Corona became rampant. The ship was named Victory, and this was definitely mine.
Long story short, the steroids in my chemo premeds caused my glucose to skyrocket into the 600’s. Not only that, but they made me ravenous, and I was constantly eating. I told my doctor that I had cancer to deal with right now - I’ll deal with the diabetes when I’m better. What I didn’t know is that the chemo had caused nerve damage in my feet, causing me not to be able to go back to my job. I’m currently on Disability. And along comes Covid. Now I’m eating the worst foods out of sheer boredom. But last night I had an epiphany - I fought for my life with the cancer...how is the diabetes any different. So, I’m ready to fight once again. I have a ten year old granddaughter and I wanna be around for a long time, ya know? So, anyway, that’s my story. Thanks for accepting me. - OCwarrior (Ovarian Cancer Warrior)
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Hi everyone - it's nice to have found this forum and thanks for sharing all of your stories, it is comforting to read about people who have gone through similar experiences.
I learned I had type 2 diabetes in 2018. I had just earned a masters degree and a career transition - from web development to occupational therapy. I began working in a hospital setting, very high stress, very chaotic schedule (and eating). After about a year I began losing a ton of weight, my vision became blurry, and my back was in so much pain that I couldn't transfer patients anymore. I went to the doctor for my back pain, but after urine and blood tests learned that my blood sugar was in the high 600s and then I spent two days in the hospital. I had to leave the job I had just gotten and reverted back to my old career temporarily, due to the difficulty I had managing my diet, stress levels, and routine.
Flash forward to 2021, I was doing well with everything - doing my web development job full time, and OT on the side, and having managed my blood sugar so well over the past couple of years with metformin / glipizide / healthy eating and exercise that I stopped checking my blood sugar. BIG mistake. I went back to the doctor a few weeks ago due to frequent urination. Another blood test, and boom - 11.5 A1C. Crushing to find out because I was already being so healthy and felt so good. I'm slowly getting back on track again, but I guess it just speaks to the constant vigilance required to manage it.
Hi! I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in August. I felt completely helpless. I was searching online when I discovered D2Goal method and it has helped me tremendously! I wanted to share in case anyone else is feeling the same way. It has made a huge impact on my life.
Hello. My name is Stephen. I was diagnosed last October(21). My physician had been checking my A1C which was between 9&10. He never followed up, except to prescribe Metformin which I cannot take. Then Glimperide. After ending up in the emergency room with numbers pushing 500, It hit home. I am now taking Lantas and it is not working. Rarely am I under 200. I am disabled and have a variety of health conditions to boot. Really tired of feeling like crap and doctor will not refer to a specialist. Time for a new MD. Ty. This morning sugar was 258, last night 230. No idea what is causing these spikes.
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I just joined this community as someone who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and a professional Community Manager. It’s nice to have a space to open up. I’m still less than a month since I was diagnosed and it’s been a real emotional journey. I’m still getting used to new routines, new diet, new medications and not getting to upset with myself if my counts are off. I feel like such a burden sometimes and I’m trying really really hard. I was told recently that Diabetes isn’t a destination but a journey. I hope this doesn’t upset anyone here but I just wish I could feel “normal” again. Thank you for hearing my raw emotions.
Hello! I was diagnosed rather out of the blue two weeks ago, and it has just now all kind of come crashing down on me. So I thought hey, this is probably what support groups are for. I’d had no symptoms aside from increased thirst, and as I’m still in my early 30s, I did not immediately suspect chronic disease. I only found out after getting a blood work up at a routine gyno visit; she called the next day insisting I go to urgent care and tell them my a1c was 12.1. I didn’t even know what that meant, just did as she said. They said “yep, it’s diabetes alright” and referred me to a specialist and gave me metformin—which has been the absolute worst by the way.
Anyway, whoever else is very newly diagnosed or who remembers the emotional turmoil surrounding that initial diagnosis, it sucks right? I try to stay positive, but it’s like there’s a million little inconveniences, discomforts, daunting prospects, and disappointments that get piled on until you realize you’re weeping into your soup. My appointment with the specialist is next week, and probably he’ll be able to address a lot of my questions and concerns, but still. I’m getting married next April, will I be able to eat my own wedding cake? Will the CGM, if I have one, be a giant wedding accessory I never planned on? How much of a disruption will my new diet be when we hang out with friends? I know it’s early still, but food now is just universally disappointing. Is this really my existence for the rest of my life? Little, inconsequential things, I know. But all at once, it’s just been a lot. Anyway. Sorry for the rant.
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@valtastic I know how the shock is, and yeah, it stinks. My doc at least tried to lighten the mood a little when she broke the news to me, with "Well, 3 years ago, you were pre-diabetic. Guess what? You've graduated."
I don't know if you've gotten answers to your questions yet, but let me give it a shot:
- No, the CGM is not huge. I have the Freestyle Libre 2, the reader is about the size of a 'larger-sized pager', the arm sensor isn't even going to be visible under your clothes - it's about the thickness of a coin, about the diameter of a nickel.
- Can you eat your own wedding cake? According to my doctor, yes - as she said, "You learn to live with diabetes. You don't stop living because of it." I had asked her if I could eat birthday cake and ice cream on my kids' birthdays, my birthday, my wife's birthday, etc. Her suggestion to me was make sure I load up on protein beforehand, because that will slow down the glucose getting absorbed into your bloodstream, thereby hopefully preventing (or at least lessening) a spike in your blood sugar.
- How much of a disruption is the diet when hanging out? Well, that's going to depend. I can't speak from personal experience yet, but...from what I've been reading and researching, there are some things you can do. If you're hanging out with friends at a restaurant, you just have to pick the diabetes-friendly meals / foods, and /or keep in mind what I posted in item 2 (if your doc agrees), that a protein-heavy meal should offset a sugary dessert a bit. You can always explain to friends you're going to hang out with that, "Hey, listen, I'm diabetic now. Can y'all help me out and let's not have a bunch of sugary treats when we hang out, because I'll be tempted to eat them, and I really shouldn't. " This website has a helpful set of ideas of what you can mention to people - no guarantees that any of them are 'perfect answers', they're just suggestions: https://i.eliens.co/diabetes/etiquetteonepage.pdf
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I was recently (about 1.5 months ago) diagnosed as T2D. Barely. We're talking a 6.5 A1C and fasting blood sugar of 127. I'm mad at myself - I knew I was prediabetic 3 years ago, and I futzed around and didn't fix the problem when I could have fixed it. Unfortunately, now I'm flipping between beating myself up (which does no good, although at least I'm owning it as "I did this to myself") and blaming everyone else ("My wife knew I was prediabetic when I knew, and we never changed the foods we fixed until now.", "My kids kept eating the healthier foods I would buy", "My kids were causing my wife stress so she was fixing quicker dinners instead of healthier dinners...you get the idea.
Well, I've got 6 kids, the youngest is almost 7, 2 are 8, one is 11, and the other 2 are 17 and 19. So I want to be around for a LONG time (I'm almost 48). So I've done a pretty drastic diet flip (WAY below 45 carbs per meal, virtually 0 sugar, no sodas anymore, fish and chicken most of the time, etc, to try and drop my weight and get my A1C back down. Doc says I should be able to do this without meds, at least for a while, so that's my current goal - see how long I can stay off of insulin and other meds.
So yeah - the Scot-Irish ancestry in me is coming out, and I'm fighting like there's no tomorrow.
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