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How To ‘Bury’ Diabetes: A Q&A With Julie Wanner Rossetti

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1. Just how does someone “bury” diabetes? Diabetes is waiting on your doorstep. Will you welcome it in your home…for that matter your body? Diabetes was not welcome in my home! It’s a deadly disease that needs to be buried. How do you bury diabetes? You must mentally determine you will overcome the disease and not be defined by it. First, get yourself a big shovel. Dig a hole in the ground and put diabetes and everything mentally toxic with it in the ground. Start burying it with the dirt and keep going until you feel it’s totally buried for good. After all, we don’t want it coming out of the grave! Otherwise, it would be spooky!!

2. What happened after you buried your diabetes? I placed my shovel down on the ground and started jumping up and down. I felt great afterwards and never looked back again. However, I almost tripped on the shovel, so be careful! I don’t celebrate diabetes, nor do I ever think about it. I just celebrate my birthday and living a “sweet life!” I won’t ever forget the feeling of burying it…..unforgettable and amazing! Yes, you can too!

3. What advice would you give to someone who was just diagnosed with diabetes? Most importantly, refuse and never use the “diabetic” label. Don’t let anyone ever disrespect you. The next time you hear someone use the word “diabetic,” correct them. Sometimes, people don’t even realize what they are saying when they ask if you are a “diabetic.” Educate them! Explain to them that if they had cancer, you would not call them a “canceretic.” Why then do you suppose the word “diabetic” is used? Ask them to call you by your first name.

4. How would you help someone who feels like no one knows what they are going through? There are many people out there that know what you are going through. In fact, more than 230 million children and adults worldwide have diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation. I personally know, how you are feeling, since I felt the same before I buried it. Believe me, life will get better and those feelings will not stay.

5. Dealing with diabetes can wear you out mentally. How do you maintain a positive, energized focus? I believe it is vital to focus on what you want in life. To me, it includes excellent health. I never focus on what I don’t want. What a waste of precious time that would be. Once you know what you want, you can get started right away. Today is the day, to make your fresh start! I know you can do it! The choice is yours, you just have to believe and have faith as you step forward, taking one step at a time.

6. You came to diagnose your own diabetes as a child. How did that happen? I was always into good health as a kid, but yet I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden I was getting more and more fatigued while I was running. Instead of getting more fit, I was now running behind the unfit kids in my physical education class. It just so happened during this same time we were studying diabetes in our health education class.

7. What are the symptoms of diabetes?

* Increased thirst
* Frequent urination
* Blurry vision
* Feeling fatigued
* Weight loss
* Dry skin
* Sores that don’t heal
* Frequent infections
* Numbness or tingling in the feet
* Vomiting

It’s important to remember that you may experience only a few of these symptoms, not all of them.

8. Why do you believe vaccines are the largest cause of insulin-dependent diabetes in children? For me personally, I never missed a day of school from any sickness. I was healthy all of the time. I even received perfect attendance certificates! However, after I received vaccinations, I started not feeling like myself. Today there are many reliable sources that are in agreement with me. I believe the pieces of the puzzle will all fit together, once you have done your own research into vaccinations.

9. How did your family and friends support you or react to your diabetes? My family was in shock, since there was no history of diabetes in our family, nor did I eat a lot of sugar. Back then they thought, you got Type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar. Most of my friends were very supportive once I educated them on diabetes. If someone had a problem with diabetes, that was their problem, not mine!

10. Why do so many people feel overwhelmed by getting their diabetes in control? Because you can’t control diabetes, you can only bury it. I would be exhausted too, if I had to chase diabetes around. This disease doesn’t care who you are, its main goal is to destroy lives. You can live like you don’t have diabetes, with the right, healthy lifestyle plan. Feeling fabulous to me, is what it’s all about! Diabetes is dead….I’m alive!

11. How can people educate themselves about diabetes? It depends on what type of “diabetes education” you want. What I teach my clients is very unique and individualized. We have a lot of fun at the same time. I never use a fear-based education. Instead, we focus on you…not the disease! I use what works and it’s been highly effective for over 25 years! Is your “diabetes education” working for you?

12. It seems like doctors and nutritionists frustrated you – why? Because they did not want to hear what a 13 year old had to say about diabetes. They only wanted to believe what they were taught in college…even if it didn’t work and I felt sick. They didn’t live in my body, so how would they know how I’m feeling? Since their system did not work for me, I had to create a plan that worked really well for myself. I’m glad I did…I’m healthy and here today!

13. According to your book, Diabetes Can Be Sweet…Once You Bury It, faith played a big role in your recovery. What else could serve as inspiration and strength for those confronting their disease? A positive role model, in regards to diabetes would have made a big difference in my life. At the time, there wasn’t one. My passion in life is to be the best role model for children and adults globally. Once they have hope and believe it can be done, it’s only a matter of time before all of their dreams come true!

14. You write in your book: “Diabetes did not define who I was, I defined what diabetes was to me.” How so? Diabetes is a serious disease and is not part of my life and never will be. However, I’m an individual with my own personality and characteristics, just like you. Everyone is special in my eyes. We all have hopes and dreams and whether we have a blood sugar or broken foot challenge, it’s no big deal. Life goes on. Living life to the fullest is what’s valuable to me!

15. Even someone who doesn’t have diabetes would find your personal story very interesting and motivating. Were you born with a positive attitude, or did you develop it? I guess you could say, I have always had a positive attitude. You just never realize it, until it’s put to the test. And, yes this was quite the test! No matter how bad things seemed to get, I always knew I would come out stronger. I have learned a lot on my journey, and it has been surreal at times.

16. How should a diabetic come to see themselves? Ouch! You just used the “D” word. Certainly, not as a disease. The “diabetic label” should be banned. It is emotionally and mentally damaging to people. Labels belong on packaged foods, not on us. They should see themselves like a normal, healthy person. People are unique and extraordinary and there is no one else like them on the planet. You decide who you want to be…and it will definitely set you free!

17. If someone is on insulin, how can they label, monitor or dictate their dosage? Since I’m not a doctor, I cannot prescribe nor can I change someone’s insulin dosage or medication. The individual will need to learn how to operate their own pancreas (an organ behind your stomach, where your body makes insulin). Insulin is a hormone secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas, which everyone needs in order to transport sugar from the bloodstream. Since insulin dosages are measured in units, you have to know all of the necessary factors, in order to obtain the right dosage(s) (answers) to the equation.

18. How does one get to know their own body? Primarily, by listening to what our body is trying to tell us. It’s always giving us feedback. The question is, are we paying any attention to it or the “warning signs” which continue to keep flashing? One good way to keep track of everything is to write it down in your journal. Also, by writing it down you will easily remember it as well.

19. What type of health goals should one set? They should make healthy choices in all aspects of their life. This not only includes consuming certain foods and nutrients, but incorporating the most beneficial exercise for you as an individual. Most importantly, are these goals actually reachable? Are you seeing results? The actual results can be measured by your lab reports, such as the breakdown of your lipid panel. What is your HDL? What is your Hemoglobin A1c? This test reveals what your average blood sugars have been the past 2-3 months. Again, these lab results don’t define you as a person. They just let you know where you need to make adjustments.

20. How can one relieve stress? We have all heard that exercise relieves stress. On the other hand, if we follow a one-size that fits all exercise program, we will have even more stress. That’s why individualized physical exercise not only reduces stress, but increases your overall fun and fitness level. Be sure and get plenty of rest. Keep moving and grooving. Don’t just listen to music, have fun and dance the night away! Staying stress-free, is the best way to be!!

Note: Any information provided in response to questions 1-20 is not medical advice and should not be substituted for consulting with your own physician.

Julie Wanner Rossetti is the author of Diabetes Can Be Sweet … Once You BURY It, and President of Diabetes Done Right, where she specializes as a diabetes consultant. Visit Diabetes Done Right

Diabetes Can Be Sweet Once You Bury It

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Below are selected excerpts from Diabetes Can Be Sweet … Once You Bury It, by Julie Wanner Rossetti, followed by some statistics on diabetes.

Self-Diagnosis

“It just so happened that we were studying diabetes in our health education class … I went up to my teacher and said, ‘I have just diagnosed myself with Type 1 diabetes.'”

Diabetes “Mis-treatment” Center Experience

“I was able to see how these people handled their diabetes out in the real world. I did not like what I saw, so I made a decision to live my life in a different way. This diabetes treatment center felt more like a torture chamber than a place to get help. I would listen to all of these people (that were older than me and had diabetes for many years) that wanted to live a better life, but just did not get the help that they needed. So many of them were there again and again to try and get their diabetes under control. I don’t know what happened to any of these great people that I met at the diabetes treatment center. I can only pray that they are all doing well! I made a major decision that day to never step foot in that place again.”

Keep Dreaming

“When dreaming, I think of things I want to have. I have a vision that’s on a mission to obtain those dreams and make them come true. It seems like my dreams keep my eyes filled with gleam. Life without a dream is like a stream that never flows. Dreams are wonderful and can come true. If we learn to visualize them and put forth the work it takes to make our dreams come alive. Strive to keep your dreams alive, for they will provide you with the life you want to have.”

Lose The Diabetic Label

“You have a full life ahead of you no matter what your age is, and diabetes can be made to fit into your daily schedule. It’s all up to you, and your diabetes consultant can guide you in the right direction. With a little organization and skill, you can do it. If you fall down (I have many times), get back up and start again. It’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. What’s even more important is that you start over and make the necessary changes. Every decision you make will determine the outcome of how diabetes affects your life. Making no decision is still a decision and a negative one at best. Now is a good time to evaluate the words or colors that you are choosing to use everyday. What does your life portrait look like so far? Choose the right words and lose the labels, then you will win!”

Diabetes Statistics

* There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

* It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes.(90-95% with Type 2).

* Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women – about 135,000 cases in the United States each year.

* Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. There are 54 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 20.8 million with diabetes. Two million adolescents (or 1 in 6 overweight adolescents) aged 12-19 have pre-diabetes.

* 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2005

* About 1 in 400 to 600 children and adolescents has Type 1 diabetes.

* Age 60 years or older: 10.3 million, or 20.9% of all people in this age group have diabetes.

* Men: 10.9 million, or 10.5% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes although nearly one third of them do not know it.

* Women: 9.7 million, or 8.8% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes although nearly one third of them do not know it. The prevalence of diabetes is at least 2 to 4 times higher among non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander women than among non-Hispanic white women.

* Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2002. This ranking is based on the 73,249 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. According to death certificate reports, diabetes contributed to a total of 224,092 deaths.

* Diabetes is likely to be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only about 35 to 40 percent of decedents with diabetes have diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate and only about 10 to15 percent had it listed as the underlying cause of death.

* Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of a similar age.

Source: American Diabetes Association, reprinted with permission.

Julie Wanner Rossetti is the author of Diabetes Can Be Sweet … Once You BURY It, and President of Diabetes Done Right, where she specializes as a diabetes consultant. Visit Diabetes Done Right

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