Well, once you get used to managing it, I hope you'll be able to get past that, because the 'me' you have always been is still here - you just have to make a few adjustments to make sure the diabetes part doesn't get the reins. We often consider diabetes as the uninvited/unwelcome hitchhiker, and we never let him drive.
If you haven't been diagnosed, you can still behave as though you were, because taking the steps to change our lifestyles ahead of time can often keep the diabetes 'wolf' from the door for a lot longer time. If you haven't already, you could consider getting a meter & strips for yourself, and keeping an eye on your blood sugar levels.
Another thing you could do is click over to this website, and prowl around . . . Jenny Ruhl is the owner - a diabetic herself - and she is such a godsend to us for putting diabetes details into layman's language, plus citing all the research and studies which support the information she provides.
If you decide you want to make changes in your way-of-eating, Dr. Eenfeldt and Dr. Bernstein are trusted guides, even though virtually none of us actually practice their suggestions to the letter. It's more that we use their advice as the jumping off place to make our own individual food plans using our meters to learn which foods are safest for each of us. We can talk more about eating to your meter after you've gotten settled in & better acquainted.
Welcome! I'm still the person I've always been...still allergic to certain foods, weeds, flowers. I sure never considered being an allergic person, or one with high blood pressure, just me. So, now I have another condition (in my mind not a disease). Follow Shanny's advice and return to yourself.
For yrs and yrs I was called Debbie's mum as she was a well known televised wheelchair athlete .And I was nurse for BSAD disabled sports in Britain, so that is the name every one called me .even now I get Xmas cards from her friends as that is how they are addressed but they still get to me.
Wow - thank you all so much!! I completely get what you all are saying, I've defined myself by things before and still been me, such as "julia's mom". I have to work on it. I just love what you all wrote and this forum is great, so much support! So glad I came here!! Sonia
You know what, a year ago I started a blog about being a diabetic, but I've let the domain lapse because I realized I didn't have to center myself around being insulin resistant. I'm still me, and in fact I'm even more "me" because I have more energy to do things I want to do! I used to be so tired while showering that I could hardly imagine having the energy to dry off and go to bed. I remember the first time I was finished my shower and thought "I have enough energy, I could even shower again!" It's the little things!