Never be ashamed

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!!!!

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


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!


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 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.

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 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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