Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #18, Lifestyle Change

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

photo-70“Type 1 diabetes is a mandatory change in lifestyle, an alternative perspective on every day choices like eating, sleeping, and driving (among other things), an unexpected, undesired, blameless dependence on insulin and blood sugar testing, and, as of today it is still incurable.”

Michelle Kaelin
T1 dx 01/82

 

 

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In Peace & Light,

Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: Quote #17, Strong & Hopeful

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

photo-69“Having lived with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of five, it has brought me more challenges than I can count, but I am proud to have overcome all of them. I don’t know what kind of person I would be without my diabetes because that’s really a life I haven’t lived.  But I do know what kind of person living with diabetes has made me: I am strong, I am hopeful, I am determined and I am resilient. I have diabetes. Diabetes does not have me!”

Asha Brown
Founder of www.wearediabetes.org

 

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #16, Owning the Reigns

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

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“I find that my diabetes is like riding a horse. There are days where you feel great, you saddle up, you’re superior and that horse is in submission, being directed by you. And then there are those days where you have everything you need, all your gear, it looks like a perfect riding day, and all of a sudden you’re thrown off, being dragged behind for miles in the dust and also hit by the occasional rock.

This horse goes 24/7, it sure has stamina. You even have to balance on it in your sleep. Everyday, you’re in the saddle. It’s an unpredictable beast, but you like a challenge, you wake with enthusiasm, hoping that you own the reigns again that day. Day after day after day. You never let it own you.”

Carrie Hetherington
25 yrs old, Type 1
dx’d 8/7/2008

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #15, One day at at time

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

photo-67“I have had diabetes for 44 years. Back when I was diagnosed with it in 1969 the only way we could tell what our insulin needs were was by urine tests. I was not a model diabetic so my blood sugars were, I’m sure very high, so I was very lethargic. I was not into sports and I was very shy so I hung out with the kids who would accept me, which were the smokers and druggies, which introduced me to the terrible life of alcoholism and drug addiction. I did not respond well to drugs but I sure enjoyed the feeling I felt from alcohol. Alcohol was my release from the stress I had to deal with with my diabetes, but also caused others issues with my diabetes.

Many years later I was tired of dealing with the alcohol addiction and how it was affecting my health so I entered myself into a treatment facility for a month. After that I signed up for the Tour de Cure and found a lot of people that dealt with the same issues I did I finally  found a community that  I can find help with in many areas that help me take control of my health issues and am very grateful for that.

I have now learned a lot about myself and my diabetes and have a lot of support from the diabetes community. My quotes that help me deal with my diabetes and alcoholism are “One day at a time” and “Easy does it.” I deal with both issues one day at a time and I also have to remind myself from day to day to take it easy on myself. I am so grateful that “Today” I am still healthy for what I have put myself through and still have not suffered from any diabetes complications.”

Marianne Mealey
Type 1 diabetic
44 years

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #14, Health through Changes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help!

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

photo-66“A successful diabetic is someone who transforms their fears into foresight and vigilance, mistakes and pain into resolve, and desire into undertaking. It’s not an easy path for anyone. Trying to play the part of your pancreas is VERY difficult and I’ll never be able to do it perfectly; it’s simply an unreasonable expectation that many in the medical profession (non-diabetics) demand and guilt their patients into believing is achievable 100% of the time.

Diabetes means enduring thousands of needle and lancet pokes every year, an endless array of medical appointments, disrupted daily schedules and more importantly broken sleep as you wake to treat a life-threatening low or high blood sugar. It’s maddening how many variables there are: stress, sickness, sleep, intensity of exercise (or lack thereof), stars aren’t lined up right…?!?!

Enough of the frustrations. After the initial shock of diagnosis and subsequent life adjustments I came to realize what the truly important things in my life are: family, friends, good health and quality of life. It took over a decade of wrestling with emotions, isolation and erratic blood sugars to seek another path. The Diabetic Masters I learned from, Dr. Richard Bernstein, Ellen Sherman, Cynthia Zuber, DeAnn Mullins, Joslin medalists and many more all inspired me to focus my energy towards positive health progress and embody the mind, body, spirit required to manage and live the D-life.

After being on a Medtronic pump and CGMS for approximately 8 years, I recently came off and went back to Multiple Daily Injections (MDI). The most significant improvement though was radically changing my diet from the ADA recommended one to a very low carb “paleo-like” diet that uses the slow metabolism of proteins through gluconeogenesis to give my cells the bulk of their required glucose.

I can report feeling better than I have in a decade, have lost over 20 lbs and enjoy very stabilized blood glucose levels with no post-meal spikes! I’m never hungry or snacky after meals and feel very satisfied. My sugars are better controlled now than they ever were in the past and I’m really making some serious progress managing this ubiquitous disease. After almost of a decade of trying to be “normal” like everybody else, I’ve realized that is neither sustainable nor safe.

I feel so much better after meeting others in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) that encourage & inspire me daily letting me know that I’m not alone. The momentum this new regime has given me, the radical improvement in health and the influential people I’ve met have inspired me to start my own page to share the highs & lows we all endure as Type 1, 2 or 3 diabetics. Welcome to Diabetes awareness month and as Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Ian Magary
Type 1 diabetes
Diagnosed at age 31
4/1/2003

Ian’s Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/thebetacell/info

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #13, Community

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

**A special thanks to our community members for taking the time to write and bravely share their stories and experiences to provide diabetes awareness.

photo-65“It is during the darkest hours with diabetes that the greatest human strength is discovered. For it is here, when walking the darkest paths and deepest valleys, that the friendship, support, kindness and kinship that the diabetes community offers, shines through to raise me up once again. For this community and the blessings it brings, I am eternally grateful.”

Anna Presswell
I am 31 years old and have lived with T1 for 26 years, I ‘turn 27’ in diabetes years on Christmas Eve this year.

Anna’s Blog: www.insulinindependent.blogspot.com

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #12, Strength

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

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“Diabetes is something I do, something I care for, not who I am. I am a woman who loves, plays, hurts and struggles. Has successes and failures, good days and bad days. I am strong and healthy, sensitive and emotional yet capable and willing. I will not be defined nor limited by a diagnosis. I am so much more both because and in-spite of diabetes.”

Sama St Pierre
Living with Type 1 since 11/17/92
Dx’d at age 17

 

 

Special note: Today is Sama’s 21st diabetes anniversary! Please join me in celebrating her! Happy Anniversary Sama, you are amazing!! Much love to you. <3

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #11, Success

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

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‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.’

“Today is my Diaversary.  37 years ago on November 15, 1976 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  I didn’t have perfect numbers that day or on any day since. But without fail I have gotten up every day and tried to lead a successful life with diabetes.  I tried yesterday, I will try today, and I will wake up tomorrow and try again.

Maybe success with diabetes is not measured by perfect numbers anyway.  I think that I have figured out a much better way of measuring the success of my life.”

photo-63Laddie Lindahl
Type 1 since 11/15/76
Age 61
Blog:  http://testguessandgo.com

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #10

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! 🙂

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“Hopefully soon we’ll have a cure and I’d hate to see all of the acronyms that have become so popular with diabetics go to waste. So it’s only fair that we give them new jobs with different meanings. I’ll need some help from the D.O.C. (DIABETICS ON COMPUTERS )
 Here’s a few I’ve come up with.
b.g.-previously blood glucose. Now- BILLY GOAT. imagine how much time and resources could be saved by shortening it to simply b.g. Alright, I may need a little help with these.
T1D- previously…well it’s probably obvious. Now- TWENTY ONE to DRINK. o.k., I guess that’s obvious as well, but they still post it, so now on a smaller sign.
D.A.D.- previously diabetic alert dog. Now- DRIVING AFTER DARK. Or DIAMOND ALERT DOG, these dogs would be retrained to alert the smell of diamonds.
P.W.D.- previously person with diabetes. Now- PERSON WITHOUT DIABETES. Obviously my favorite
HbA1c – previously Hemoglobin A1c. Now- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANOTHER 1 CURED. As everyone can’t be cured all at once, they’ll be cured on their birthday.”

photo-62Jim Murray
Type 1 for 13 years
DX age 27, 10/31/00

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Cynthia

Diabetes Awareness Month: D-Quote #9, Our brave children with diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! I am pleased to present you with D-Quote, a Diabetes Light initiative that gives voice to our community and helps provide awareness for this challenging invisible condition. Thank you for reading. I encourage you to pass these meaningful quotes and stories along to increase our advocacy and outreach efforts. All advocacy moves us closer to a cure. Thanks for your help! :)

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“Last night Rach had a delayed hypo at 1am and so I brought her a juice box and she drank it, in her sleep like always because she is so used to being woken that she will drink it and be half asleep. The juice did not work so I tried to get her to drink some more juice and she didn’t want any more and so she held her mouth shut and refused to drink any more.

Moments like these, I just feel so sad, that I have to force my child to eat or drink just to keep her safe. It hurts so much knowing that I am her mummy and there is not one thing I can do to take this disease away from her. It hurts, trying to explain to your child why you are constantly stabbing them with needles and sets and her not understanding that the very things that hurt her, also keep her alive and safe. I would do anything for my child, anything! But the one thing she wants I can’t give her.

Fast forward to this morning and my babe woke up and was full of sunshine and happiness ready for her Walk to Cure Diabetes. Our Diabetic children are amazing! They deal with so much and I know how hard this disease is to live with and yet they keep on looking up.

My girl gives me hope in my darkest hours because she keeps pushing on through in her hard times and she makes me, her mummy do that also. I love her so much and seeing this smile on her face today helps me through these hard times when all I want to do is cry. She is my blessing in life. I love her so much!”

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Lisa McGarry
Type 1 Diabetic for 13 years & Diabetes Mum.
and Rach is
Rachel McGarry
Type 1 Diabetic
diagnosed 22nd February 2012
age: 9

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Cynthia