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I first started insulin a month ago. I was very apprehensive about using needles. I can honestly say with BD needles I do not feel a thing! It is completely and totally painless! I can't even feel the needle go in! All that fear was for nothing! I have no bruising or marking afterward. I am amazed on how painless and easy it really is!


I resisted for 6 years & finally knew I had to start on injections.  The nurse made it very easy & comfortable. 

I still have to take a deep breath, occasionally, before I insert but it has only hurt a very few times with the great needles we have now...especially the short #31's!  In a very short time I started to feel better, my energy level went up, my wanting to be with others returned. 

I experienced a weight gain at first but once I got past the "I'm not overeating it's the insulin!" I lost the weight again.  Go for it.  You'll be happy you did.


I am now 79 and have been taking insulin since 1949. We had no Accu-chek meters, no alcohol swabs, no sugar free foods, no sweeteners, no disposable syringes or needles, no insulin pumps or pens,no several kinds of insulin as available today,etc. Of course insulin was much cheaper in the earlier days.

I was fortunate to have the discovery of insulin a few years before I was born. I was fortunate to have laser treatments or I would be blind. Three of my children were born by C Section and one vaginally. My doctors were always diabetes specialists and I now am seen by a research doctor.

After being widowed and divorced I now have a male partner and we are very happy. I am a retired RN and worked part time or full time from before my day of diagnosis.

One can live with diabetes. I thank God when I wake up each day I have survived. I have lived a full life with diabetes, it can be done.


I am new at this.  I was told in May I had type 2 Diabetes when I was in the hospital for my heart.  I am 46 yrs old.    I was put on pills, but they did not work due to some of the heart meds.  In Sept I started with Lantus.  I was scared, but the BD needles are almost painless.  I had stuck myself before I knew it.  I am still learning and the doctors are still adjusting my insulin, but I have hope and faith now.  Thank You BD!


I was 15 months old when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My blood sugar was over 1400. I was in the hospital for a week because my dad could not stand the thought of having to give his baby a shot everyday.

At 13, I went to a camp exclusively for diabetic children and learned to give myself a shot. I was so excited when I came home and showed my parents what I learned.

Over the last few years, I have had a really hard time affording my insulin and supplies. These supplies are what keeps us alive. I have been on and off the insulin pump but can't stay on it because it is so expensive. I am now 31 years old with two beautiful children.


I was diagnosed at 16. Once they said diabetes I was ready to get my insulin and go home. My great grandmother had diabetes so I was used to seeing insulin and watching her inject. That was the easy part.

The hard part didn't come until after my honeymoon phase which coincidentally was at the same time I was pregnant (at the age of 20). Adjusting my insulin after that was pretty hard. I struggled for a year or two until I found a doctor who made me feel like they were talking to me and not at me. My suggestion to everyone with diabetes is to find a doctor you like and trust, learn as much as you can about your diabetes (insulin regimen, diet, exercise, etc.) and don't be scared to ask questions. It's your life!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------It's been 25plus years ago, I recall practicing on an orange. I hated the needle, so I was able to find a gadget called InjectEase, which I place my needle into and click, its done.

I'm 59 now and still using it. I love it because it makes injecting simple for me. Practice makes it easier, plus my skin gets tougher and does not hurt as much, and the needles are not as painful anymore.

Just tell yourself it's a must if you want to survive, and do it faithfully. Faith and a good support team helps for sure. The hardest part for me is injecting into a blood vessel... it makes a knot and a bruise. The easiest part is knowing you are doing this to live.


I have been a type 1 diabetic for 44 years. For 30 years or more I took one shot a day of NPH 80, remember those days? I now take take 4 to 5 shots of Humalog, and 2 shots of Lantus every day. Everything is much better.

I am looking into getting a pump. I'm 63 years old and my girl friend has ALS, is disabled, so she needs me to take care of her.


It was never a question of, "if" I'd get it.  It was more, "when".  Diabetes is all over both sides of my family.  I've seen others do injections.  My daughter is on a pump, and that scares me to no end. 

But, last Thursday was MY first injection.  I've been on pills for about ten years, but, that came to an end.  My first injection was a test during training.  Two units.  I looked at the injection site.  Taking a rather deep breath, I aimed and watched the needle go in.  My trainer told me it would go much easier if I went faster, but, it fell on deaf ears.  All I could think about was I'd just stuck a needle in my stomach, and I wanted to puke.  Swallowing quickly, and regaining my composure, I smiled at my wife and trainer.  I'm not an old vet yet, but, it's getting much easier each night.


My first injection was probably not remarkable.  My mind knew I needed it, but my fear of needles was keeping back. 

The first one was a practice injection with saline.  Every time I got close to my skin, some mysterious repulsive force pushed the needle off on a tangent completely missing my entire body. 

After much goading from my wife, the nurse training me kept inching closer and closer to me.  I was afraid at any moment she was going to grap or slap my hand to force it into me.  I decided to do it now while I still had some dignity.  I shut my eyes and pushed it in.

Once I realized it was painless it was much easier ever since.  Consequently, I like it much better than the glipizide and I really have more control than ever.


When my blood sugar could no longer be controlled by available prescription tablets, eight years ago my doctor told me I had to go on insulin. I was depressed for about 10 minutes, and then I got on with protecting the future quality of my life. After 23 years as a diabetic, I continue to keep my blood sugar in control.

My intensive management requires small, frequent doses of insulin, based on blood sugar meter readings. I average 12 injections a day.

How do I know it's worth the effort?

  • I have yet to have my first diabetic sore.
  • I have a good strong pulse in both my legs.
  • No opthalmologist has ever seen any evidence of diabetic damage in my optic nerves or retinas.

Thanks to BD ultra fine short needles, I have no black and blue marks from the thousands of injections I take each year!


My son was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago when he was in 5th grade. They showed my husband and me how to give him his shots. He was not scared at all. He didn't like it but he knew it made him feel better.

About two days after returning home from the hospital he asked if he could give himself his shots. I said sure and from that day forward he did it all himself.

I am very proud of him. He is now in 10th grade, and he is on an insulin pump. We had to go back to the shots when his pump decided to quit and we had to wait for a new one. But he did fine. I think that it is more scary for us as parents than it is for the child. He has dealt with his diabetes very well and I am very proud of him for that. He has never complained about it at all.

I have had Type I Diabetes and been insulin dependent for fifty years. It all began with my mom learning how to inject me in the buttocks until I was old enough to inject myself. The most difficult aspect of working with the syringe back in 1958 was boiling it in water to purify the vessel and then attaching the head of the needle to the syringe. Ouch! She  would prick herself every once in a while.

The second challenge for my mother was to find a site on my backend or fleshy back side of my arms to inject the needle. I hated it - it hurt like the dickens especially when she hit a blood vessel!! At times, I felt like the "Black and Blue kid".

Today I just use my stomach or thighs as injection sites. All I have to do is pick the target and shoot. Needle is so thin and sharp there's no pain. Disposable syringes are a life saver!! The old ones hurt when they got the least bit dull.

I am now fifty three...Coma's, laser surgeries, heart attacks, triple bypass and still kicking!!!


During the 1940's through early 1970's, those of us that are insulin dependent had so many issues to contend with until the chemical make-up of insulin was perfected.

Type 1's have always been challenged in balancing insulin, food intake and excercise in order to attain or maintain stable blood sugar and a healthy life.

Regarding eye sight alone - Blurred vision, floaters, images of lightning, bleeding in the optical cavity were issues many of us have had to contend with.

Regardless of all the problems I have had as a Type 1, I am fortunate that insulin has kept me alive!!



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