What scares you most?


(Gina) #1

What is the thing that scares you the most about having diabetes? 


(laraface) #2

I'm afraid that mo matter what i do i will have health problems because of my diabetes later in life. i know people just tell you to do everything you need to but honestly its still scary that it can happen. ohh and having kidss. i had a teacher who had diabetes and she lost 2 kids because of it. she finally had one so YAY! ahahha but its still upsetting.


(Marc.S) #3

I'm on the same page as Lara...

I'm not so much scared of being able to have kids, but it scares me that I might not be able to raise my children the way I dream of.  It scares me that diabetes could potentially slow me down and hinder me physically to the point where I won't be able to provide for my family in the future.  That is what scares me most about this disease; not what it will do to me but how that might affect the family I hope to have in the future.

Marc


(AliciaM) #4

I am scared about my future too.  The light bulb has just turned on, after 18 years, about what I need to do to stay healthy.  I worry that it is too late, I have sealed my fate from years of have A1C's as high as 12 or 15 sometimes.  We are trying right now to have kids and I don't want to have something that I have done wrong affect their lives in such a negative way that they can't be "normal".  I know there are lots of healthy kids out there with diabetic moms so I know there is a silver lining.   :0)


(Woo Its Pat) #5

What scares me the most is two fold...if I ever have children, the chances of them having Type 1 is probably pretty high, and also I think diabetics are more prone to heart/kidney disease as they get older, no? The latter I am unsure of, but even if you take good care of yourself you can still suffer from that I think? Correct me if I'm wrong :)


(Kay) #6

Possible complications.  I've had this for most of my life and don't have any complications and I want to keep it that way.  But what scares me is that even if I'm doing everything right things can still go wrong.


(Trevor) #7

I suppose you could say that I'm afraid of possible complications in later life, but that's why I go see an eye doctor every year, have an endocrinologist that I confide all my concerns in every six months, and I try to take good care of my body while enjoying life.

That said, I don't think I'm afraid of being diabetic. Diabetes doesn't make me who I am. It's part of who I am. I have control over it and confidence that I can live a full and healthy life with or without it.


(clh983) #8

I live alone, so I am most scared of having a low blood sugar (especially in the middle of the night) and not realizing it.  I have been a diabetic for over 16 years, and I have always been able to feel my lows and have always woken up when I am low while sleeping.  However, I am scared that I might be low, not realize it, and pass out.


(AliciaM) #9

I have to agree with that.  We can't live our lives in fear......"grab the bull by the horns".  Yes, there is always a chance of compliacations but we have all those doctors to minimize those chances as much as possible.  So you're right, Diabetes is a part of who we are, we should live life confident and in control of it.

Well said, Trevor.


(kantgitrite101) #10

I definitely agree with Christie. I don't ever want to pass out. I'm lucky that I live with a wonderful partner who knows to call 911 if something bad happens, but I've has several instances where I've gotten really light headed in public and was afraid that noone would help me if passed out. 


(Diabetichick) #11

Like most people, I'm terrified of complications later in life. I know that taking care of my diabetes will lower the risk of complications, but there is always a chance that they might occur. I would really hate for my family to see me like that.


(escape) #12

well besides getting my feet cut off. nothing about it scares me. i have sisters to be scared for me.


(caspersfriend) #13

I definitely get scared about complications, although the more I learn about current research, the less scared I am.  Did you know there is a drug IN USE NOW, that successfully reverses proliferative retinopathy?!  See JDRF research.

So I am most scared about having kids, and I think this fear has pretty much done me in in as I am pretty close to the point where it just won't be an option any more (turning 40 later this year).  I don't want to pass it on to kids, I don't want to be the mother that the kid has to call 911 for, and I've definitely had my doubts about ability to carry a child and staying at tip top health at the same time.


(Yael Menkin) #14

I am scared about present and future.... I've had diabetes for over 18 years, my daughter is almost seven now and she's been also diagnosed when she was 3.5 years old. NO FUN.... Now my husband wants to have a second child and I am freaking scared!!!!!!! when I was pregnant the first time I was told that type 1 is not genetic and/ or there is a small percent chance that your child will have it (only 2% for women), oh well, I never won a lottery, but I got into 2 percent pool... How lucky I am? (my numbers during pregnancy were great, A1C was less than 6).  So now, everybody forgot about 2% and I was given 50/50. Would you take that chance??? I am still thinking about it....

Thank you for listening.