Negativity towards type 1 diabetes

By Shamia_Swanks Latest Reply 2011-05-19 19:47:13 -0500
Started 2011-05-19 15:20:33 -0500

I automatically get frustrated before I eat a meal. I get ticked off and upset because I know I have to shoot up with insulin. I was wondering how others are coping with diabetes and any suggestions to try to help me see this disease in a more positive light.

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roshy 2011-05-19 19:08:54 -0500 Report

yep, i know exactly what your feeling!! the hassle and bother of taking out that small black kit, squeezing out the drop of blood and putting on a show for everyone to watch !! sometimes my brother refers to me as a vodo doll!! then you have the less entertaining comments such as glorified junky or drug user!!

Ive been diabetic now for 7 years and have been injecting since i was 16!! i think after going through all the emotions of tring to hide the needle by scurrying off to the toilet to trying to hide it under the table i very soon adapted the idea of ' who the feck cares!!!!!!' ive been doing it long enough to know that i have to take this needle! if i dont ill get sick and have to deal with the misrable consequences! i think after a while it becomes part of life and less of a big deal!

As for looking at the diabetes in a different light well , what can i say! if you were diabetic 70 years back youd be dead by now!! life expectancy was much much lower and the high rapid developments in treatment now adays are giving type ones a much more fuller life !! its no longer a death sentance!!! so in a way you should be thanking your lucky stars for your little insulin shot!! its the gift of life in a way!!

Have you considered a pump!! i think its the greatest thing since sliced bread!! its like wearing a battery operated pancreas in your pocket!! no more needles and alot more social freedom when it comes to eating!! its not for everyone but if the needles are too much then trying a new treatment is in order!!

Hope things start looking a bit more positive in the future for ya!w

dietcherry 2011-05-19 18:54:47 -0500 Report

Hi Shamia and welcome to DC!
Its cold comfort, I know, but the truth is D forces us to eat better, exercise, do things in moderation, and generally maintain a regular schedule. We are ahead of the game in that way. But as we know, we are swimming against a tide of redundancy everyday and that can burn us out quickly!
I experience all the negative emotions still at times, even after 31 years of T1. I have to make the conscious effort to treat myself in the way I would want anyone I loved to treat themselves and that is to always make the choices that will ensure well-being.
I am the only diabetic I know in 'real" life so this site has opened me up to a world full of peers. I automatically feel a sense of belonging when I am here and that is something I dont get in the outside world.
I hope that DC and the people here will help you see your condtion in a more positive light! If I can be of any help to you, just ask! =)

crazygirl777 2011-05-19 15:46:05 -0500 Report

I totally understand how you feel. I feel the same way a lot of the time. Most of my frustrations come from the pain of the insulin (it burns really bad with me) and the fact that it takes me forever just to figure out what to eat and then make it fit numberwise so that my insulin can work. What I try to do is remember that it is not my fault that I have this condition (I try not to refer to it as a disease, and that helps me a little bit), but only I can control the way I feel about it. When I get really upset and stressed out and it's time to eat and I just can't seem to function right, I eat some scrambled eggs and cheese and sausage because I don't need insulin to eat that and it gives me a little break from it all. Sometimes all I need is just a little breather. I remind myself that I am the one in control and I need to relax and learn to enjoy eating again because my body needs the fuel and it's hard to digest a yummy meal when you're all ticked off at the world! Sometimes when I need a good laugh I remember when I was at a McDonalds one time and this little girl watched me inject my insulin and then she turned to her mom and said (as loudly as 5 year olds do) "Hey mom, do you think that lady needs a rehab like that tv show you watch?" lol…I laughed so hard!! Her mom came over and apologized to me and she was so red in the face…I told her I had needed the laugh so badly because it had actually been a very bad day for me. I hope, as I'm sure millions do, that they will find a cure for diabetes, but until then we all just have to stick together, support each other and just do our best. On a positive note…there probably aren't people who are more aware of what they eat then diabetics!! =)

Shamia_Swanks 2011-05-19 16:03:58 -0500 Report

Thanks alot crazygirl. I see where you are coming from. Your right.. it isn't my fault, just sorta happened this way. Thank you for your help.

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