I Live With Diabetes
Meet Jeff a Centre County resident who lives his best life with a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
What were your first thoughts upon being diagnosed with the disease of Diabetes?
Anger and Frustration. I'm not a smoker, I drink alcohol on VERY rare occasions, I don't use drugs....but I can't have Mt. Dew or donuts anymore? What the hell is wrong with THIS picture?
What was the best thing someone said to you when you shared your diagnosis?
"Sit down and make a list of all of the diagnoses you could have gotten that would have had a worse impact on your and your family's lives."
What was the most unsupportive thing someone said to you when you shared your diagnosis?
No one has really said anything negative...but I do get a kick out of some of the facial reactions when I tell them that I'm living diabetic.
Name one thing you want people to know about you in regards to living with diabetes?
I'm still fighting certain aspects of living and managing this disease. I'm not happy about it, I don't like having to watch what I consume, and I certainly don't like sticking myself with needles multiple times a day...but it's better than not being able to participate in the day-to-day lives of my wife and kids.
What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed or a loved one of an individual living with diabetes?
Please see my previous answers to questions. See answers #2 and #4. It's not how I would choose to live the rest of my life, but it beats the hell out of some of the alternatives. It's treatable, it's manageable, and it's not a death sentence.