Do you let you let people know?

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2013-04-19 13:48:39 -0500
Started 2013-04-02 12:47:56 -0500

A few weeks ago, at a church service, the Pastor's wife asked if I would like some hot chocolate. The first thing I said was that I was a diabetic. She than asked if I wanted some water, I said sure. I hated telling her that right off hand. But she didn't know me at all. I make it first priority to let other people, that I know or don't know, to tell them that I am a diabetic. That way they won't offer me their goodies, and know how to prepare for diabetics later.

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Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-06 06:56:57 -0500 Report

I tell people if I feel that they need to know. Sometimes when we are around food and I am not serving certain foods, they will ask me to try it because it's delicious. I will then say something. It depends, those close to me coworkers, etc. Already know that I am very strict with my foods!

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:44:37 -0500 Report

That is true, I have to remember my diet and plan a head of time, to make room for extra foods. Other wise, I can mess up the whole thing.

95ncountin 2013-04-05 22:27:55 -0500 Report

I wondered about dating. I'm not ready yet but I was thinking about how I'd handle it. I like that approach. Will copy. Lol

jayabee52 2013-04-05 23:13:15 -0500 Report

To whom are you replying 95n? clicking the reply link below the posting helps keep the threads compact and coherent. or if you for some reason can't click the reply link, then please name the person to whom you are replying. Keeps the discussion somewhat coherent.


sNerTs1 2013-04-04 10:47:27 -0500 Report

I'm pretty dang comfortable telling people and I'm not sure why. If I'm asked something like that, I usually just say no and ask if they have water. If they look at me funny or with questions (especially when out to dinner this happens) I will tell them that I'm diabetic.

To me, its really not such a big thing. But, I can see it is for others. We are all different creatures, its how we feel in our skin. I like to think that if more people are aware, then the "stigma" wont be there of OMG shes diabetic *gasp* like there was many years ago.

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:47:10 -0500 Report

Yes, I don't have a problem with telling anyone. Especially if they offer me something. If I can have it great, if not than I tell them.

Type1Lou 2013-04-04 07:40:35 -0500 Report

I think it's smart to let people know for the reasons you stated. Also, if you experience a low blood sugar episode, they're more likely to know how to react if you cannot treat it yourself. Diabetes is nothing to hide or be ashamed of. I'm very open about it.

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:48:03 -0500 Report

That is true. I also let them know that I would have to take insulin before lunch, and most don't have problems with it.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-02 20:26:09 -0500 Report

i tell people. its not like i have a sexually tranmitted disease. so… im diabetic. nothing to hide nor am i ashamed of that fact. if people cant accept me for my diabetes, migraines and fubromyalgia… i dont need them in my liife

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-02 18:24:40 -0500 Report

I actually do not care who knows I am diabetic. The fact that they know isn't going to change anything. Usually when I tell someone I am diabetic I find out the person is also diabetic or is caring or living with someone who is. We end up talking about tips and tricks and things we do or do not do. Diabetes isn't leprosy and it isn't contagious.

jayabee52 2013-04-02 18:16:56 -0500 Report

For me it depends on the relationship with the person I want to have.

When I am looking to date a lady I let them know about my "medical challenges" up front so it is out of the way. Sometimes it works out that my challenges are too challenging for them, but that is OK for me in that those pieces of information it is kinda like a Rorschach test to let me know a little more about their thought processes and motives in seeking a relationship. Those who are put off I write off my list of potentials because they would not be happy living with such a "sick puppy" as me.

With others it is on a need to know basis. If it comes up, I usually am up front about it, but I don't go around broadcasting it either. I try not to wear my "medical challenges" on my sleeve as it were, as some folks do.

tahoeTed 2013-04-05 21:43:19 -0500 Report

Same here. A few years ago when trying to get back into the social scene after my divorce I decided that was the very first thing I would disclose. Like you say some didn't want a defective man, was told that exact same thing by one woman too. Some can't handle what a management task D is.

ShellyLargent 2013-04-02 17:53:56 -0500 Report

I use the Omni Pod pump system, and I wear my pods on the backs of my arms (more comfortable for me that way). I don't try to keep them covered, so in the summer time with tanks and t-shirts, it shows. If I'm asked about what it is, I gladly tell about it. I also make sure that I have lots of business cards from my Omni Pod rep on hand as I've met other diabetics and they are very curious to learn more about the system.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-02 16:22:35 -0500 Report

On a case by case basis. I don't discuss other medical issues with everybody I meet, the same goes for Diabetes. I have endured people who will tell every, and I mean every detail of how they are dealing with something resulting in way too much info. I strive to not be one of those types.

tabby9146 2013-04-03 10:55:59 -0500 Report

same with me. more people do not know, than know with me. of course many on FB know because I like to raise awareness. there has been a few that I personally know in my town some I grew up with , or went to school with ,who have told me they have diabetes and they found out after I did and ask me for info and tips.

Gwen214 2013-04-02 15:39:15 -0500 Report

I tell people off the bat. Well, heck they see my insulin pump. Not embarrassed at all. If I get negative feedback, I ignore it. Not worth picking at it. Most people don't know what diabetes is anyway. :)

Nana_anna 2013-04-03 22:59:52 -0500 Report

Same here. I tell them so they know and won't wonder why I am not eating certain foods. I have to watch my diet, and than I tell them why. That's usally the end of it.

Gwen214 2013-04-04 19:40:32 -0500 Report

I guess I'm so use to it, it doesn't phase me. I don't think of it as something bad, just something I have to deal with. I use to keep a secret when I was a teenager. I'm not offended by people who don't know what diabetes is.

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