By p_crowley98 Latest Reply 2014-02-09 21:33:32 -0600
Started 2014-02-07 15:16:10 -0600

hi im 15 and i have type 1 diabetes! i have had it all my life. But lately its been really overwhelming for me. My numbers have been running high and im on a lot of medications for my diabetes
and thyroid. I really just need want to know if this is a normal feeling. I know its something i have to live with but its been stressful lately. Anybody else feel the same way?

5 replies

ashley50 2014-02-09 21:33:32 -0600 Report

When i was 15 i was diagnosed with type 1 as well, i feel like i know what you are going through, i was in high school wanted to live my life just like everyone else in high school, i was in denial for about 2 years, never took care of my diabetes all through high school, it is very over whelming you have to make it part of your daily life. I know it is hard. I never thought i could do it, i am now 19 & have made diabetes my life.

kkfight4acure 2014-02-08 08:18:10 -0600 Report

Hey sweetie , I was 17 when I was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism .. It took a lot from me.. Mood swings, unwanted sweats , fast heart rates and what not .. But yes ! I've felt like that almost since .. It's not easy being a teenager , and then dealing with medical needs! Talking to a professional helped me a lot , yoga .. Cause stress is sometimes the cause of our high sugars!
I'm here shall you ever need to talk! I'm a mother of seven 1/2 are teenagers ! Wish you well! One day at a time! That's all we could do!! Things will get better!

klg31 2014-02-08 03:24:54 -0600 Report

I was actually dx at 15 with T1& I also developed thyroid problems at that time as we'll so I think I have a pretty good idea of what you might be feeling. Being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with diabetes, so getting stressed, mad, or sad i think is totally normal. All I wanted at 15 was to be like everybody else, but unfortunately we have to deal with things most teenagers don't. Yes, diabetes isn't going any where for us. We don't get to take a vacation from it either. unfortunately all we can do is try to Accept & live/manage it the best way we can, but that doesn't mean at times were not going to get stressed or upset. I still get stressed at times so don't worry what your feeling is totally normal : )

jayabee52 2014-02-07 16:17:06 -0600 Report

Howdy p crowley

I didn't have diabetes at 15 I waited till 42 to develop T2. But from what I remember of being 15 is a lot of generalized anxiety about the future. What you are going through in adolescence when hormones are running amok will mess with your T1. At least that is what other T1s who went through the change, getting ready for adulthood (but not there yet) have told on this board.

They said that sometimes all they could do is hang on tight and wait for the homones to settle down. I expect that once you get past this you will even out again (assuming you are following best practices).

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

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Silicone eyes 2014-02-07 15:22:42 -0600 Report

I was Dx'd when I was 15…27 years ago. I've had great times, awful times, times of denial, everything you can imagine. There will be times like this, just try to hang on and do the best you can. I've found this is a great place for encouragement and ideas from people that COMPLETELY understand. Keep doing what you can, it will get better

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