There are so many people in this world walking around that don’t have anyone they can call family. Then there are those who have great families and don’t or won’t take the time to even call them.

I have been blessed to have plenty of family members still living. People I’m proud to call my family. Each day that God wakes me to see I do my best to call at least 5 members of my family. Not the same 5 each day either. Family is the core of who we are, why we are here and the reason we feel and think the way we do. (Family Values).

I have finally been in contact with a side of my family I never thought I’d get to meet. Those on my bio dad’s side. I pretty much know all my family on my Daddy and Mother’s side but after 40 yrs I am meeting the side of family that look like me and my sister. It is truly a blessing.

In today’s world life is very fast paced and we feel as though we have to take giant steps to keep up with the rest of the people. I disagree. We must all crawl before we can walk. It’s not easy at first when you are trying to live life in recovery. But it is very possible as long as we don’t get ahead of ourselves. One day at a time is a good way to look at anything in life.

Taking life one day at a time helps to keep the stress level down and the chances for disappointments a minimum. Life is already full of changes and that’s one thing I found very hard for me in my recovery. CHANGE! The Serenity Prayer says;

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I find life to be so much better, happier and much more productive these days without the use of mind and mood altering substances. It truly helps to have a great support team in place and knowing that those people do love and care for me. When I think positive I tend to act/react positive and only outcome from a positive mind set is a positive actions, reactions and consequences. But know that it does not happen all in one day. Staying in recovery, be it from drugs, alcohol, or mental illness; it’s a day by day process. One Small Step At A Time!

As a diabetic life can be full of surprises and heart ships. Life as a diabetic is nothing to take lightly. We have to be very careful about all our activities and how we eat.

Diabetes simply means that the body does not produce insulin properly in the body. For whatever the reason the pancreas stops functioning like its suppose to. Once this happens our body is no longer able to control or regulate how sugar is broken down in the body. When this happens there are 2 ways medically that have to happen. We either have to take a pill daily or we have be take a insulin shot as needed daily.

Diabetes is a disease brought on by either the body''s inability to make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or by the body not responding to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes). It can also appear during pregnancy. Insulin is one of the main hormones that regulates blood sugar levels and allows the body to use sugar (called glucose) for energy

Diabetes, the most common disorder of the endocrine (hormone) system, occurs when blood sugar levels in the body consistently stay above normal. It affects more than 26 million people in the U.S. alone.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body''s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (called beta cells).

Normally, the body''s immune system fights off foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. But for unknown reasons, in people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks various cells in the body. This results in a complete deficiency of the insulin hormone.

Some people develop a type of diabetes – called secondary diabetes -- which is similar to type 1 diabetes, but the beta cells are not destroyed by the immune system but by some other factor, such as cystic fibrosis or pancreatic surgery

Normally the hormone insulin is secreted by the pancreas in low amounts. When you eat a meal, sugar (glucose) from food stimulates the pancreas to release insulin. The amount that is released is proportional to the amount that is required by the size of that particular meal.

Insulin''s main role is to help move certain nutrients -- especially sugar -- into the cells of the body''s tissues. Cells use sugars and other nutrients from meals as a source of energy to function.

The amount of sugar in the blood decreases once it enters the cells. Normally that signals the beta cells in the pancreas to lower the amount of insulin secreted so that you don''t develop low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). But the destruction of the beta cells that occurs with type 1 diabetes throws the entire process into disarray.

In people with type 1 diabetes, sugar isn''t moved into the cells because insulin is not available. When sugar builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, the body''s cells starve for nutrients and other systems in the body must provide energy for many important bodily functions. As a result, high blood sugar develops and can cause:

Type 2 diabetes, often called non-insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% - 95% of the 21 million people with diabetes. In this article, you''ll learn the basics about type 2 diabetes, including symptoms and causes, as well as type 2 diabetes in children.

Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes produce insulin; however, either their pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body cannot use the insulin adequately. This is called insulin resistance. When there isn''t enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose (sugar) can''t get into the body''s cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, the body''s cells are not able to function properly. Other problems associated with the buildup of glucose in the blood include:

Dehydration. The buildup of sugar in the blood can cause an increase in urination. When the kidneys lose the glucose through the urine, a large amount of water is also lost, causing dehydration.

Diabetic Coma (Hyperosmolar nonketotic diabetic coma) . When a person with type 2 diabetes becomes severely dehydrated and is not able to drink enough fluids to make up for the fluid losses, they may develop this life-threatening complication.

Damage to the body. Over time, the high glucose levels in the blood may damage the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys, and heart and predispose a person to atherosclerosis (hardening) of the large arteries that can cause heart attack and stroke.

More and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Find out about type 2 diabetes symptoms in children, the diagnosis, and the treatment in WebMD''s article on type 2 diabetes in childhood. If your child is at risk for childhood diabetes, it’s important to learn specific self-care tips to help prevent diabetes.

For more detail, see WebMD''s article Type 2 Diabetes in Children.

Anyone can get type 2 diabetes. However, those at highest risk for the disease are those who are obese or overweight, women who have had gestational diabetes, people with family members who have type 2 diabetes and people who have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that include high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good ''HDL'' cholesterol and a high bad ''LDL'' cholesterol, and high blood pressure). In addition, older people are more susceptible to developing the disease since aging makes the body less tolerant of sugars.

In addition, people who smoke, have inactive lifestyles, or have certain dietary patterns have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

WebMD Medical Reference

In this article we are instructed to spoil our grandchildren as much as we can. To share our love with them as we teach them new things such as arts and crafts, the joys of going to the zoo and outings that their parents may not take them on for what ever reason.

We know they won’t be young forever and that we need to spend as much time as we can with them. Telling them stories of their family roots and how things were when we were their age and growing up. We are to show them new things and open their eyes to new crafts that will last a life time. Give your grandchildren memories they will not get anywhere else but from their grandparents. Love, love, love them as much as you can.

Grandchildren are great to have as they aren''t your kids. You can give them treats, take them to places, let them do things their own parents wouldn''t let them do and you can spoil them all you want. Kids like to be around animals, so take them to a zoo.

For me staying healthy means taking my medications every day and on time. It is very important that I stay on top of my doctor appointments, my eating habits and the amount of exercise I get.

Living with multiple health conditions can take a lot out of a person. I manage the best I can with my high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure disorder, depression, stroke and congestive heart failure. Its not easy but it can be done.

I have been taking my medication daily and for the most part on time. This week I ended up in the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. Although the heart attack was ruled out I still spent 4 days in the hospital.

Congestive Heart Failure or CHF for short is the hardest thing I have to deal with right now. Because it has to do a lot with the amounts of fluids I take in and put out. There is no balance for me. I take in plenty of fluids but don’t put out anywhere close to what I should. And this causes fluid to build up in the body. More so around my heart and in my lungs. The medication given for this condition is good but has a major down side to it. That is, when I do pass urine I also lose a lot of the potassium in my body. The lack of this potassium causes muscle and body pain and can also cause heart problems. Potassium feeds the heart. So I have to be mindful of all I do so I can stay healthy and out of the hospitals.