My Family & My Diabetes

By bar59567 Latest Reply 2015-02-14 13:03:58 -0600
Started 2013-08-23 23:17:10 -0500

Do you ever feel like some of your family is jealous of your diabetes? I have two older sisters and some comments they have made make me feel that way. Has anybody out there feel like this too.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-26 11:20:42 -0500 Report

Jealousy is a childish and immature behavior. If you are getting a lot of attention because you are diabetic, they could have feelings of not being loved as much as you are because of the attention you get.

Words cannot harm you unless you allow it. People are always going to say things to you or about you that you won't like. You have two options. You can pay attention to them and allow yourself to feel bad, or you can ignore what is said and go about your business.

I think what you need is a family meeting to discuss what is going on. Tell your sisters and parents what is going on and how you feel about it. Ask them why they feel the way they are feeling. Let them know that your diabetes is going to have to be monitored for the rest of your life and they either have to accept that and become a part of a support system or not accept it and keep their comments to themselves. Listen with an open mind and don't get upset. Standing up and saying what you feel and how it hurts you may not be easy, but it is a start.

Never ever allow anyone to make you feel bad about yourself. Once you do that, your emotions and self esteem is always going to be controlled by others. When people know that they can cause you to feel bad, make you cry, or get upset and angry, they will do this just to sit back and watch. It gives them power. Once you take the power away, they will leave you alone.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-14 13:03:58 -0600 Report

that is great advice…never allow anyone make you feel bad about yourself. I needed to hear that myself. I have in the past allowed my kids (all grown people) to make me feel like being diabetic is all my fault, and then the doctor told me that I was no longer type 2 but rather type1.5…It made a difference for them, but not for me. again thank you for your words of wisdom.

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