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How to Accept a Diabetes Diagnosis

Good evening,

My name is Timothy from KZN, I have been diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 in 2013 but the problem is that I’m failing to accept that I’m living with this chronic condition for the rest of my life.

Can anyone advise me how to accept my condition please?

– Timothy

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  1. Brian Joss Brian Joss

    I also have Diabetes Type 2 and really it is not hard to accept that you have a chronic disease. The diagnosis was initially a shock. I modified my diet immediately and first off the list were all fizzy drinks, chocolates, two name some. I took the medication, Glucohage 1000 ng twice a day and now it is under control.. I also lots weight from 83kg to 54kg. Now I can indulge in the odd bar or two of chocolate, but no fizzy drinks at all , not evena Zero Coke. Water or Rooibos tea..

  2. Candice Candice

    Hi Timothy

    It is very tough, but don’t think of it as a death-sentence or something that defines you. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 6, so I’ve learnt to deal with it my whole life. My family however had to learn to accept it. It is a slight lifestyle change, but you can live a healthy, normal life with the added part of correcting your sugar levels with medication and exercise (manually doing what your pancreas should be doing).

    I’m 26 now and finishing off my Masters degree. I’ve just completed a 21km trail hike and I’ve climbed Lion’s Head twice (planning Table Mountain soon). The key is – don’t let it define you. Think of it as “diabetes is living with me – I’m not living with it.”

    You’ll get through it!

  3. From Facebook:
    Try writing down everything you eat make a sread sheet and at the top of each column put your blood sugar amount in for the morning followed by what you eat that day then save it and you can watch how you do in a week I know it does help with me to stay steady,
    – Sue

  4. From Facebook:
    I’ve found this was a blessing in disguise. It forced me into exercising again and eating very healthily. Even though it may feel like a curse it really is an opportunity to turn your life around 🙂
    – Courtney

  5. From Facebook:
    Well I feel I went through all the stages that people go through in a death, 10 years later & I do more extreme things in my life than I think I ever would have without Type 1 Diabetes. It makes me want to be better, try harder & challenge myself constantly. It’s also about the research you do for yourself. Plus having a great support system around you will help too. Don’t give up Timothy, the help, food and information around now makes life much more possible with the disease!!!! You can figure it out one day at a time! That’s all anyone can really do!
    – Angela

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