Never be ashamed

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-02-22 07:09:20 -0600
Started 2014-02-21 03:16:27 -0600

Never really expressed this so here it goes I suppose.
When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it was frightening and misunderstanding being an 8 year still in elementary and trying to acknowledge everything and understand was hard. Other kids were not understanding specially being the only diabetic there.
I felt casted out by them, some I called friends, would tease me and just look at me different some even made it seem like I was a disease and run from me. I was scared… I cried, praying it would end and stop the shots and to not feel ashamed of who I am now.
I use to feel ashamed of having to carry a bag and having others look at me funny as if I was weird.
Not many people understood my situation but others did, finding new friends was not very easy and explaining what I have.
I member having to go to bathroom to hide and take my shots without others looking at me n thinking wrong.
I felt alone and thought many others were not like me but after going to a diabetic camp couple years ago, it felt like home and i felt normal n felt like I fit in. Seeing others like me just made me feel like that was more family. I understand now and accept who I am and i choose to live with my diabetes and conquer it.
Diabetes is not a disease but a way of life and a way of testing ourselves to overcome our shots and finger pricking and showing that we are not afraid nor ashamed to show who we are!!!!


8 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-21 22:11:23 -0600 Report

Hi!

This is really great. I am so glad you went to camp, and that you don't feel so alone anymore. You're right, you have a choice. And it sounds like you have chosen to take the best possible care of yourself. Thanks for sharing your words of empowerment with us!

And stay in touch!

Gary

Brendieb
Brendieb 2014-02-21 22:19:25 -0600 Report

Hi Dr Gary and thank you replying as I had been ashamed of what the doctor told me yesterday and I hate taking pills so now I have to no matter what. She did say for me to start to go out for walks everyday for a half hour and it could be broke up 15mins earlier and 15 later so I started today with a bit of exercise and tomorrow more. My husband says he is going to join me and well I will believe that when I see him do it. He just might cause he did know how it hit me like a brick wall. I have not told to many people at all. Just my son for now and he said don't worry mom you can get rid of it watch and see. So I have had a lot of positive from others. My cousin did and she is doing great. She was taking pills and injections. So I am going to beat it. Or at least try. Thanks for the input. Brenda

elwojcik65
elwojcik65 2014-02-22 06:47:16 -0600 Report

I also hate taking pills. With a med for cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, I am taking 4 meds a day. For me, that is WAY too many, The only thing I can do now is to try to lower dosages or get off some of them with weight loss and exercise. Hang in there.
Ellen

goddessummanda
goddessummanda 2014-02-22 07:09:20 -0600 Report

Could be worse, lol. I take upwards of 8-10 a day bc I have 2 insulin, one for hbp and the rest are herbal supplements :)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-02-21 04:34:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Ghost
WELCOME to Diabetic Connect!
I see you just joined today. I commend you for your courage in posting a discussion here so soon after you joined. I had to lurk for a while before I jumped in.

Grade School, Middle School and High School years are tough on any kid, much less one who is different somehow.

I did not have diabetes during those years in my life, in fact I did not get Dx'd with T2 until I was in my 40s. But I did have ADHD, which made me different, and I remembered being bullied too. So I truly feel for you.

I am glad you were able to go to that Diabetes camp. i am glad you found a plece where you fit in and you accept who you are with diabetes.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

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