I will never forget the day that I found out I am diabetic. I am a middle-aged woman who knew that the day was coming, but what I didn’t know is that it came like a blast of dynamite. I was taken to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. I could not breathe, and the pain in my chest was unbearable.
As I lay on the bed in the exam room a nurse came in and nonchalantly said “Did you know that your diabetes is out of control. You are in hypoglycemia?” At first I thought I had misunderstood her, because I was not diagnosed with diabetes.
After I left the ER, I went to my doctor to have blood work taken and sure enough I am diabetic. I remember hearing the news a second time and thought my life was over. I knew about diabetes but I truly did not understand what it was, and what it can do to the human body. (I have Type 2 diabetes.)
Take a Deep Breath
If you find out that you are diabetic suddenly (like I did) take a deep breath. It is not the end of the world. Yes, you will have to change your lifestyle, but you can live a full life with diabetes – if you control your diabetes. You were not given a death sentence, even though it can feel like it – trust me I know.
Talk to a Friend
Study everything you can about diabetes, but better yet, speak to someone who suffers with this illness. If I had someone to speak with, it would have saved me a lot of heartache. Speaking to someone who is diabetic is a great way to find out first-hand knowledge, tips, and even how that person lives with diabetes. You will obtain knowledge that you simply cannot find in a book or pamphlet.
Living with diabetes does require you to make necessary changes, but they can be accomplished. Please remember that your health is #1 and nothing tastes as good as your life! If you suspect you have diabetes get tested right away in order to avoid possible organ damage.