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Hello everyone! My name is Sandy, diagnosed as type 2 in July. Still working on getting all the info I need to keep the controll I need. I’m doing really well with BG, a1c went from 12.9 to 5.9 :grinning: Taking 1000mg of metformin, cinnamon, biotin, chromium, fish oils and a good multivitamin. My 2 biggest issues right now are 1, feeling bad for doing this to myself and the family support or lack of I have. I’m sure I have came to the right place to get help with both of these issues! I really feel terrible that I dident eat good enough, dident exersize enough just dident wake up soon enough to keep myself from becoming a person with diabities.
Thanks for being here for us,
Sandy

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Welcome, Sandy! You have come to the right place to get support. And wow, that is an amazing drop in A1c! Kudos to you! You should be proud of that accomplishment. I do hope that you can come to a place where you are not beating yourself up for getting diabetes, but of course I know that that is not easy. Again, welcome!

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Hi Sandy, Please don’t feel bad for doing this to yourself. You did not give yourself Type 2 diabetes. The blame game that is played with the emotions of T2 diabetics is a pet peeve of mine. I would like for you to read this post I made a few years ago. Ashamed It sums up how I feel about the shame game.

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Sandy, welcome to TuD and the “club” that nobody asks to join. Excellent work getting that A1c down! I know how you feel, but please don’t blame yourself for getting diabetes. I was diagnosed as Type 2 just over 3.5 years ago. I felt the same way at first - in fact, the media and parts of the medical community support the belief that we did this to ourselves. Forget it. It isn’t true. There are MANY people who don’t “eat good enough” and don’t “exercise enough” and NEVER get diabetes. Then, there are MANY who do ALL THE RIGHT THINGS and still get diabetes. I thought that I was in that latter group – before diagnosis, I exerted great effort to get and keep my weight at a normal level. I exercised nearly every day. I ate a healthy diet – in fact, the day before I was diagnosed I felt the BEST I’d ever felt in my life! The ones who need to be ashamed are those that try and place blame on people - not us. Your focus needs to be on what you need to do now to maintain your health - not what may or may not have helped in the past – and you’re doing a TERRIFIC job so far!

Keep up the good work!

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Thanks for the kind words. I wish, I wish,I wish just keeps going through my head and I wish it would stop. I am doing good now just wish I would have done better before. I’m sure this will pass and I will be healthier now than ever! So here’s to the new life and the future! Thanks for having this wonderful community to come to.
Sandy

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Welcome! Congratulations on doing so well at control. Never blame yourself for developing diabetes. It is a common misconception and flat out lie that type 2 diabetes is caused by the person. It’s just something that happens and all you can and should do is look forward and do the best you can. :smile:

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Type 2 diabetes is fundamentally genetic. It’s possible that not all of the genes that predispose a person to type 2 have been identified yet, but at least eight or ten of them have.

You did not do this to yourself. Repeat as necessary until you get it. The idea that diabetes is self-induced is a false belief that is repeated over and over by the media and other people who ought to know better. Repeat anything often enough and people will believe you. That doesn’t make it true–and it isn’t.

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Looking back and wishing is a good thing, it reminds us of where we have been. If we do not remember the mistakes of our past we are doomed to repeat them. I use my regrets (and I have more than a few) as a motivation to do better. Beating yourself up for past actions serves no useful purpose. It is the satisfaction of improvement that I focus on today. You have done an excellent job so far, why not dwell on that.

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Congrats on getting your a1c down - that is a huge accomplishment!!! Way to go, girl.

Welcome. I think you will find a warm, welcoming community that will help you when you need it.

I also play the blame-game sometimes. Be kind to yourself, and treat yourself with compassion. You did nothing to deserve this, and you didn’t give yourself diabetes.

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Welcome Sandy and congrats on beating back those numbers!