Never give up—every day is a new gift

I feel like giving up…sometimes…not on life, but on other things…

  • Like trying to lose weight
  • Like treating my diabetes
  • Like working

Today is one of those days. It seems like no matter what I do today—no matter what I eat or don’t eat—my blood sugar is out of whack!

  • 7:33 a.m. was 188 (fasting)
  • 12:37 p.m. was 173 (before lunch)
  • 6:31 p.m. was 212 (before supper)

Why not give up?

In spite of really wanting to give up, I know that I can’t. I have people that rely on me to not only keep working and bringing in an income, but people who need me to be healthy.

It isn’t just that, either. I kind of enjoy life and would like to be able to enjoy it more by being healthier. I love the illustration of the frog in the bird’s mouth, choking that bird. That little frog was not giving up and neither am I!

That list above, those are just a few of the things I would like to give up on… On days like today, it is hard to not give up—just throw in that proverbial “towel” and call it “good enough.”

I’m a survivor

But I have never been one to take the easy way out. I am a survivor! I know that I can’t give up on any of them.

  • I can’t give up on trying to lose weight because if I lose enough (what’s enough, right?) I can maybe cut back on my medications for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • I can’t give up on treating my diabetes because then I am facing more serious health concerns like heart attack, stroke, amputations, blindness, hearing loss and a bunch of other really unpleasant things.
  • I can’t give up on working, because as much as I complain about it, I actually do like working, or rather, I like writing and meeting new people. Some of my best friendships have been formed because of working and meeting new people.

    One thing I can give up on is complaining about the hand I’ve been dealt!
  • So I can’t have a big bowl of ice cream every day! I am fortunate that I don’t have to worry about food.
  • So my feet hurt me! I still have my feet. Many with diabetes don’t have their feet anymore.

The list could go on and on.

As bad as things may seem, someone else always has it worse and even if they didn’t, I need to be grateful for what I do and don’t have!

Another new medication

Ozempic penI very recently began a new medication—Ozempic—to help with my high blood sugar readings. It is a once per week injectible. You can click on the link to learn more about it. So far it hasn’t been helping, in fact, my numbers have been higher in the last week than they had been for the past two months. It’s frustrating because the previous medication was a daily injectible, but at least it seemed to be working. It was also a non-insulin injection called Victoza…(you may click on the word Victoza to learn more about it).

I hated the daily shot, but the once a week one, well so far I’m not convinced that it is the solution. However, my insurance will no longer pay for the Victoza.

I am also on a daily dose of insulin. I take Basaglar which is referred to as a “beginsulin” because it is one that you “begin” with! I take it every night and take between 30-35 units currently.

These three are all taken in pen form. I attach a needle to them to give myself the shot. I have a huge phobia related to needles, but since the oral medication Metformin alone is no longer working, now I have to take shots, too.

I always said I was never going to take shots for diabetes, but here I am taking two of them currently. But I am still not giving up although I have been told that it is very hard to get off of these medications.

I asked my healthcare professional why my body would bother to make insulin if I was taking it. She didn’t have an answer. I think that one caught her off guard.

I “shouldn’t” feel this way

Maybe I shouldn’t feel this way, but now that I am taking the injections, I am feeling like I am in the first stage of “giving up.” I guess I feel that if I am taking shots then my condition is to the point that it’s irreversible and completely out of my control.

I know I mustn’t feel this way. I know that the medication I take doesn’t mean I will have to take it forever, but it feels that way to me.

I feel like I have “given up” on myself by allowing this disease to wreak this kind of damage to my body.
I also have been told that proper nutrition and exercise can help.
Now I just need something to motivate me more to exercise…take a walk…lift a few weights…work my way up to doing P90X again!

But, one thing at a time, I’m working on my diet which has been poor to say the least.

Until next time, be good to yourself and others!

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About the author

Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

16 thoughts on “Never give up—every day is a new gift

  1. I can identify with how you feel on so many levels. I don’t have diabetes but I have lived with debilitating fibromyalgia the biggest part of my life and I so know the I want to give up feeling. It SUCKS big time. Chronic illness is a thief! It robs you so so much and unless someone suffers from it there is no way they will understand…so yes…complaining doesn’t help. I try to focus on what I can do and not what is! It’s hard some times though when it takes you down. Hang in there girl…tomorrow is another day, and who knows when that break through will come that will fix it all!

    1. Susan,

      Thank you so much for sharing about your fibromyalgia! My spouse struggles daily with the limitations that fibromyalgia presents. It is good to have someone who knows the struggle of a chronic illness to relate to. I hope that my site may even give you some ideas for helping with yours. 

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  2. Thanks for the inspiration words! And the information. It’s not a fun thing to deal with diabetes and having the ups and downs throughout the day. And there is something to be said about being grateful for what we do have even if we have to give up ice cream. 

    1. Thanks for visiting, JB. I am glad you found inspiration and information. I have a lot to be grateful for. We all do when we look at things with a different eye.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  3. Great article and I love the comparison of how you are not giving up to the picture of the frog in the birds mouth. 

    Diabetes is a tough one to deal with, especially with all those sugar cravings that make it so difficult to stick to a sensible diet. Your reasons for not giving up make a lot of sense, and I know many diabetics who have totally stopped taking medication as they have learned to control themselves so well with good diet and exercise. 

    The risk of losing toes and feet is one of the worst things that I can imagine. Stay strong and keep that fighting spirit. 

    1. Thanks for visiting again, Michel. I am working toward a no medication future! However, my healthcare team doesn’t think it is possible. But I am going to prove them wrong! I have a lot to fight for!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  4. I think that everyone has days that they just want to give up, but we do not give up because we just can’t.  We must keep going and striving and doing what needs to be done.Although giving up is not an option, it could just be your brain and bodys way of telling you that you need a break.It is okay to take a break once in a while and recharge your batteries before going on.  So much goes on in our mind and it has an effect on the body as well.  We must try to take control of both and do all the things necessary to keep being as healthy as we possibly can even when if feels like such a struggle.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Shy. No, we can’t give up. But fighting this disease is a tiring thing!  It can be a daily battle for better health. Perhaps it is my mindset, perhaps I need to not look at this as a battle, but as something else so I can see it with “new eyes.”

      Thanks for your comments!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  5. Karin,

    Type 2 Diabetes has become a major health problem today and I must say your struggles are real and difficult.  My husband was a diabetic dealing with his was not only his daily struggles but mine as well, knowing that certain items could not be in the house to tempt him with eating or drinking them.

    I do not know because time keeps marching forward quickly what type of research is being done to help people who do struggle with Type 2 Diabetes.  I do wonder with today’s world and all the preservatives and fast foods we consume on a daily basis not just as adults but our children if it could not have something to do with the underlying cause?

    Keeping fresh fruit and vegetables were my go to’s for my husband and regular daily exercise walking (we have dogs) really does help.


    1. Thanks for visiting my site, Susan.  Processed foods hold a lot of responsibility, I am afraid. They are no good for anyone, but because of our hurried lives, this type of food has become “necessary” or so we have been led to believe.

      There are so many wholesome foods that we can eat that don’t take much longer to prepare than some of their processed “siblings” and would be so much better for our health!

      Still, I love potato chips! But I know I must prevail!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  6. Hi Karin,

    First, thank you for sharing your thoughts and observations about your own diabetes.  No one in my family, including me has been diagnosed with this terrible disease.  I have had co-workers and friends who have diabetes and know what the battle is like.  Your site is thoughtfully organized and the graphics are good, especially the header image.  Exercise is so important for people suffering with diabetes.  Diet is the next important piece of that puzzle.  Your links open in a new browser and the medicines you describe should be helpful to your readers who have diabetes.  Good luck with your business and fighting diabetes.  I know you will never give up!

  7. Hi Karin 🙂 I can relate to your story. I have type 2 diabetes and I know what the answers are and yet I still find it difficult to follow them.

    It’s all about eating and exercise. We know that.But you know something? You’re right!  We can’t give up.Diabetes can’t win if we don’t let it win. Attitude is everything!I write about natural ways to lower blood sugar every day. One day at a time and we can get there!

    1. One day at a time! That is the way to go! I always look for natural ways to lower my blood sugar because these medications are not healthy! Sometimes the side effects seem worse than the diabetes! Since diabetes is such a killer, I just feel that I have to share my story and my struggle and my triumphs and challenges.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  8. This is a great article Karin, one of my best friends was diagnoised with diabetes and it completely changed his life. I am a true believer in mindset, and when he got the news he dove headfirst into putting together a diet plan and working out and he ended up losing over 100 lbs and his sugar levels are great. I feel like anything is possible if you put your mind to it, don’t give up!

    1. Thank you, Huy! I believe in mindset, as well. I wish I had employed the power of positive mind when I first was diagnosed. But I can’t go back, only forward and I am going to defeat this! If I lose about 100 pounds I will be doing much better, I am sure!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

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