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Adults Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Kept Personal Health Information Items As Expressions Of Need
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dead tissue, though. She says she has a hard time remembering to take her oral medications, and

that she also finds it difficult to manage food. She is “rushed” in the morning and too tired at

night to prepare dinner. She also finds it difficult to get to the gym. She knows what she needs to

do, but she cannot seem to make the time to do it or to find a solution that will help her manage

her life with diabetes. Acceptance. Descriptions provided by several participants indicated that they

reacted evenly to the diagnosis and were comfortable with the balance required to manage their

life with diabetes. The participants described different contexts that may have promoted a rapid

acceptance of the health diagnosis: spirituality; social networks; past health experiences. Dan

exemplifies a spiritual context that may be connected to his calm acceptance. Dan is a business

owner who created a business when he could not find work after a move from out of state. His

description of this transition, a possible tumultuous time, was as calm as his description of his

diabetes diagnosis and steps to manage it. This calm seemed to be explained when he ventured to

discuss his spiritual views; he said views his diabetes as “the Universe's answer to [his] desire to

be thinner.”

Personal connections seemed to help Mary and Alan accept a diabetes diagnosis from the

outset. For Mary, her network of experience included that of both family and friends. Her

granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Approximately eight years prior, when the

granddaughter was about 13 years old, Mary retired from the Florida elementary school system

where she had worked as a principal to begin helping caring for her. This assistance allowed

Mary to become comfortable with various facets of managing diabetes. Mary also said that it

seemed that almost all of her personal friends are diabetic and it is something that is discussed at

times during frequent lunches and gatherings. Alan, an environmental engineer with a doctorate,

has a lot of doctor friends whom he called immediately and discussed courses of action. He

combined this medical advice with that of alternative management methods from friends with

experience; he followed the suggestion of these lay people and increased his fiber intake.

Overall, he was not perplexed by the diabetes diagnosis; he considered it a problem or challenge

to address.

Past experiences, as Mary demonstrated, also seemed to help Emily and Louis accept the

diabetes diagnosis. Emily, who had to wait 6-weeks for the diabetes education classes, did not

worry at all, as she had had gestational diabetes “years ago.” She successfully managed it for the

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