Teen diabetic

By madsan16 Latest Reply 2013-02-13 22:59:17 -0600
Started 2012-08-05 18:30:00 -0500

I'm 15 years old. I was diagnosed at 3 years of age. Lately I've been trying to hide the fact I'm diabetic. I hardly test anymore or take care of myself. I feel being diabetic in highschool is embarrassing and people will look at me differently. Anyone have these problems? What motivates you? I would like to talk someone who is my age. Maybe that would help, I just feel so alone. Kik is @madsan16 thank you.

18 replies

Anonymous 2013-02-13 22:59:17 -0600 Report

i hide it aswell and im 22 theres a lot of ppl out there that will look at us dif an treat us diff i have a job but it took me a while to get one i think a lot of employers out there as soon as they seen my disability they ripped up the application an thought to there self hes diabetic hes not reliable which is true cause i would call off often and im sure im not thhe only one

samantha.d 2012-09-14 21:45:20 -0500 Report

I just got diagnosed at 16 .. And i try not to think about how horrid diabetes can be… Im returning to high school soon so im going to hold my head up high to show im brave ! Im gunna try be inspirational to other diabetics … It makes us different! Different is good… lifes too short to be afraid to be who you are.. Hope i helped :)

Emma~blame the nargles⚡
Emma~blame the nargles⚡ 2012-08-19 18:35:08 -0500 Report

Hi:) I'm 13 and feel the same as you do, that people would look at you differently if they knew so I tend to keep quiet about it too, I go to a quiet room to do my insulin and bloods, if I feel low in a lesson I just quietly tell the teacher and leave:) but the chances are if people knew they wouldn't mind, from my experiences, and if they do they're not worth even thinking about! *hugs* \U+128154

Jccandals 2012-08-19 03:20:54 -0500 Report

I do not have the problems with high school but with work.. I worry often that ppl will think I need "extra help" when I am just fine. The only reason why my thinking goes there is because of one bad experience with a person "overhelping". Your fears will cause you stress, leave you closed off to engaging with others, and you actually have an experience that can be helpful to others who are naive about it. I think, own it, know it well and then later help others to understand it. What motivates me? Different days different things motivate me, but mostly I want to live long enough to take more trips with my husband and spend time with my kids. Hopefully you have some great motivators too. "hugs" you are not alone. Dont beat yourself up when you dont do well, move on to day 2. I have been having set backs lately also, but keep the hope and the desire for change.

mystikfairy61 2012-08-09 19:59:52 -0500 Report

Madsan, I was just diagnosed as a T2, but I realize that regardless of whether a T1 or T2, we are each individuals and we have to take responsibility for ourselves. We each have to do what needs to be done to take care of ourselves, and that is different for everyone. Diabetes does make you special, and not in a bad way. Be having diabetes and using the knowledge you have, you can not only help yourself by taking the necessary steps to stay healthy, you might be able to help others who are prone to diabetes, by showing them how to eat healthy through your actions. Don't be ashamed but like others have said, Own it!! You are who you are, and that's someone special, Don't ever forget that!! Hope you get back on track and do what you need to do to take care of yourself. HUGS

TsalagiLenape 2012-08-08 19:10:56 -0500 Report

Why hide it? Only what people dont understand is what makes them fearful. So tell a select few and go from there. Be a pioneer and share your knowledge. I bet you could get a good bunch of kids who would help you and thus gain knowledge and become a voice for other kids who are afraid too. Hugs Good Luck!

CanDance32 2012-08-08 16:29:24 -0500 Report

Don't try to hide it. I was diagnosed when I was a senior in high school. When I told my friends they were really supportive and even tried to switch their lifestyle change by cutting out sweets

Diefleu 2012-08-08 10:24:38 -0500 Report

I remember that, its tough, specially trying to control it with the stress of high school itself or running low in class, heres what I did: use it to your advantage, you can get out of class, bring a classmate with you, say I'm running low and need someone to help me. Don't hide it that just makes it even weirder just treat it like its not that big a deal, answer questions about it to those that don't understand it. people act strange about things they dont get because to then it is strange. Otherwise for yourself just try hard to keep your bs good, its tough returning around in hs without much stability and such.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-07 02:44:39 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I have been there so here is my advice. Own who you are!!! I found that people responded to my actions/attitude towards diabetes. I did the bg checks and injected insulin and ate what I needed for me, all with confidence in myself and politely declined anything I didn't need to eat. This is your way of life and with all the technology you can control it and be discreet. Have you tried a pump? I didn't have these choices then, but worked with what was available. By ignoring it you are setting your self up for major problems down the line.

This is the time to be learning how to take control of diabetes and follow the meal, portion, and exercise plan. Do the bg checks and proper insulin and it will become routine and you'll be much happier and healthy. YOU can do this:) Hugs

KG66 2012-08-05 21:57:27 -0500 Report

Madsan, I understand completely! I was diagnosed when I was 17, only a year ago! It's hard to try and explain it to people sometimes! Like when my friends by junk food and try to get me to eat it! :P I'm not afraid if people look at me differently! If they don't like it well don't look at me then! I'm still me after all! If you ever need to talk add me as a friend! :) You're not alone! :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-05 19:29:12 -0500 Report

madsan, in high school just about everything is embarrassing. People won't look at you differently if you don't look at yourself differently. Be who you are all the time. Some areas of the country have Diabetic Support Groups. Check to see if there are any in your area and if they have them for teens. You could also see if you can start one. More than likely you have classmates who are also diabetic.

If you have a health class or a science class ask your teacher if there could be a class on diabetes. This may help you because your teacher will be teaching what diabetes is you could ask questions as well as provide insight. No matter what, diabetes is not something for you to ignore. You have to take care of yourself. If you feel comfortable not telling anyone that is okay. If you feel comfortable talk to your closest friends and tell them about diabetes. You should also tell the school nurse. If you are not testing you could have an incident in school.

Please get back on track and start testing and the best of luck to you in the upcoming school year.

MAYS 2012-08-05 19:06:33 -0500 Report

Welcone to the fanily!
As diabetics, we sometimes experience what you are experiencing, we tend to feel as outcast from time to time, we believe that we are different from others but we aren't, our only problem is this, what our body should do automatically and naturally we have to assist it with.


Life itself, and my desire to do "all" of the things that I enjoy in life motivates me, I take my diabetes care very seriously because it is my personal responsibility to do so, not that of my family, friends, neighbors or strangers, mine!

Take care of yourself, manage your diabetes and enjoy your childhood and your life, you are not different, you are you!


You have so much promise and so much to offer yourself and others, so be good to yourself, manage your diabetes!
You can help others here and in your community and school too understand diabetes and what it is like to have diabetes.

Browse the site, make friends, and be yourself, there are many members here who are in your age category whom you can have discussions with but please do not discount what we "old folks" have to offer in the way of advice and support.

The following links may interest you:





Once again, "Welcome to the family!"


GabbyPA 2012-08-05 18:41:03 -0500 Report

I'm not your age, nor am I a type 1. But I will still give you a big hug and hope that some of the younger members here can help you out. Being a teen is hard enough without worry about feeling different. So maybe if you look at it as being special and unique, perhaps that might be helpful? Are there any of your close friends who can be there to support you?

madsan16 2012-08-05 18:48:49 -0500 Report

Yes, my friends try to help me out. But they just don't understand. That's why I came her, so people would understand. Thank you so much for taking you time posting on this. This made me smile a lot.

GabbyPA 2012-08-05 19:06:18 -0500 Report

Friends do often mean well, but can be rather clueless at times, that is for sure. That doesn't change as you grow up, unfortunately. LOL

Glad I could at least make you smile. Sometimes that is the best medicine. I do hope that you find the support you need to overcome the feelings of not wanting to take care of yourself. That is a rough place to be, when you want to fit in and you have this big "elephant" to deal with. Actually, you may be the only one who sees it at something so big to deal with. It has been a LONG time since I roamed the halls of high-school and I am sure you will find a place to fit in.

Has your family looked into getting you a pump? That could be less of a hassle without shots and stuff during school hours. There are lots of discussions on them here that you might want to check out. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=pump&by=relevancy

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