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Hello everyone. I am Bex and new to the forum. I am glad to be here. I am nearly 25 and have had diabetes for 15 years and somewhere along the way I have, well, become lost and quite honestly jaded about it. I will admit that I don't care for myself like I should but I know that I need to start before its too late. Hence the reason I am here. Pointers and tips and friendly chat will do me some good. I have also been experiencing some down-right awful depression and mood swings. Anyone familiar with depressed diabetics and treatment? Thanks guys... Look forward to hearing from someone soon. :)
 

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Welcome aboard! We are a friendly bunch and will do our best to answer your questions. Tell us more about yourself and ask all the questions you want.

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Hello Bex :D, Welcome to DF and we can help you go over the life that you should. As a young as you are I see and for myself that exercise is a big issue as that will keep you trim and happy along with good food with consistancy will keep the BG count to a good number. I think that you would know to balance the three things!! Insulin, Food, Exercise.
Also to be happy and try not to be cooped up as depression is an issue amongist Diabetes.

Tell us more about yourself, What do you do, Hobbies, Craft, Other things? :D
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome to the forum. Its much appreciated!
I guess I can tell a little more about myself since you guys asked. Um, Well, I am Rebecca (Bex for short) and I live in GA with my husband and two daughters (5 & 3 and so far they are non-diabetics.) I have an aunt that became a diabetic when she was 13, but most of the other family members have found out much later in life.

I already have lost quite a bit of vision in both eyes, and at 24 1/2 I can't drive at night. I am in constant pain from some sort of muscular atrophy? I have had x-rays and such, but they cannot seems to pin-point a reason for this hip pain that I have had for over 2 years. My arms and legs tingle constantly and feel like they have bugs crawling on them. I am in desperate need of advice on how to cope with the daily stress of diabetes and I would like to make baby steps on the road to healthier living. I know... I have had this for 15 years and should know better, but as a juvenile, I thought I was invincible. (Like most teens I suppose.) It has only been recently that I have come to the realization that I am going to die or lose my arms or legs to this disease if I don't do something. I have two wonderful daughters that need me and I can't fail them. So everyone, feel free to share any thoughts or tips with me. I am here to listen and get on with life.... you know... really start living again. Thanks!
 

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Bex, you desperately need to have good blood sugar control, without all those highs. That can reverse your diabetes complications, if it is not too late. When is your next doctor appointment? I hope you are seeing a diabetes specialist (an endocrinologist). I also suggest that you see a diabetes educator for learning about carb counting and basal/bolus control. Those educators are found in the hospitals in the Diabetes Education departments in my state. Maybe it is that way in Georgia too. Your doctor or his office staff might be able to refer you to an educator.
 
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