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Hi hi... I'm feeling a little awkward about introducing myself because I am introducing myself as a diabetic (in this forum) and today is the 3rd day since I was diagnosed and I'm still in the phase of "oh yeah, I'm diabetic"... 10 mins. later... "oh yeah, I have diabetes"... 15 mins. later... "omg I have friggin' DIABETES, oh shit". So it's a pretty new label to add to my labels and I'm not quite there yet... still digesting.
Well, I'm a 35 y.o. woman in Canada. My biggest passions in life are my work and cats. I work with kids/teens with special needs. I supervise their home and sometimes get to mentor new caregivers to the field. I find my work extremely fulfilling and it's the main focus in my life. Being single w/o children myself I can put all of my energies into it. Anyways, my 2nd passion is cats. I've limited myself to owning only 2 (it's only fair to them). I'm only mildly affected though... I don't force christmas sweaters on my cats (or any clothing at all in fact), I'm not a super-weirdo or anything. Really.
The Dr. that gave me the news (at a walk-in clinic, I tend to steer clear of medical stuff as much as possible thereby not having my own Dr.) told me the results of my bloodwork, "you're DEFINITELY diabetic, your blood sugar was through the roof!". I'm thinking, wow, you sound kind of excited... should I ask for a prize?! Then I think, OMG he's going to take away my cigarettes, pepsi and after work trips to 7-11. Yeah, he says, "NO SUGAR". Ok, that's cool I can switch to diet pepsi... I'm not really big on sweets anyways... I guess I can force myself to eat at least 3x a day. Meh, big deal. Then he tells me my cholesterol is through the roof too, enough that he is prescribing me medication. Huh? I'm only 35, THIRTY-FIVE!!! They obviously got my blood tests mixed up with some 68 year old! Nope. Now he tells me I need to quit smoking. NEED to.

-prescribed "crestor" 10mg/day
-prescribed "metformin" 500mg/3x daily
-soon to join a diabetes support group @ local pharmacy to obtain a glucometer and learn about diabetes.
-for now just browsing info. and have joined this forum.

This isn't gonna be an easy journey is it guys?

I'm joining this forum because I see honesty and reality here, and also support and encouragement. Someday I hope to offer my own sage advice based on experience and time. For now, I'll poke around here and may ask for yours once in a while.
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7 months sice diagnosis

I did enjoy your post! You reminded me what it was like after diagnosis and I'm very impressed that you were together enough to write about your situation only 3 days after finding out. And I don't think I'm being over dramatic when I say it's a bit like processing a death. You waken up on a morning and you've forgotten, and then there's this horrible lurch in the stomach when it all floods back. There was the old you, and then now there's this new you, and it takes time to become acquainted.

So you have joined the Club no-one, but no-one, wants to join. Good luck for the journey. A lot of people probably feel a lot of grief when they are told about their diabetes but I think a lot of how you handle it depends on how you think of things. For example, instead of saying to myself that I can't eat chocolate; I think "I don't eat chocolate" and that makes it easier because that means I'm the one in control.

I am quite angry about the endless media rants about weight and the idea that it's our fault we have been struck down by this horrid disease. Has no-one ever thought that perhaps thrifty genes and diabetes are linked? This modern environment is toxic with food and I truly fear for young ones today. This situation is not going to be changed by education. Most overweight people do not get diabetes. You need to have the genes for it. And not every Type 2 is overweight. It's the food culture that needs to change and governments could make a difference, if they wanted.

OK, rant over. We all have to deal with the hand that life deals us... And it is sad to think of all the things that we'll probably not eat again. But the important thing is that we process the information and take it on board and we'll all probably outlive all the non-diabetics who don't take such good care of themselves.

And the one good thing about having this disease in the 21st century is that we live in the computer age so we can reach out to one another for support. My husband has been urging me to go to a diabetes support forum for months - it's taken me seven - so not quite as up to speed as you with your three days....

P.S. Got twin cats and a Golden Retriever.
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