Many people think that being diagnosed with diabetes is, socially, the end of the world. In some ways, yeah, it is! The hardest adjustment for me was connection. I did not know many people with diabetes, and could not ask someone going through similar circumstances what it was like. I had tools that helped make diabetes an easier part of my life, but nothing to replace the importance of someone saying “I understand.”
At the age of twelve, I received and insulin that was supposed to help me regulate my diabetes through constant drips and and calibrations for food and exercise. I thought that because this little machine took care of my diabetes, I didn’t have to. What a mistake! There is no CURE for diabetes, just tools like and insulin pump, to make it easier to live with.
For anyone out there feeling like the shots, pokes, meter readings and doctor’s visits aren’t worth it, I know how you feel! There is no cure or reason for why certain people are diagnosed with diabetes, and it is hard to make a connection when you feel like you are the only one. That is why I find website so helpful – you are never alone. As things change in life, diabetes is always there, but knowing that someone else is there also means that there is a community of support.
(Check out what diabetes community programs are offered through your hospital or local health center, chances are, people living with diabetes are closer than you think!)
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