I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic 7 years ago (when I was 26), and I've really struggled with the effect of this disease on my life since then - not so much physically (yet, thank goodness), but mostly socially (meeting other diabetics my age and with similar lifestyle) and psychologically (reckoning with the limitations, medications, etc., that weren't part of my life before being diagnosed). I was immediately placed on insulin after being diagnosed, I see an endocrinologist regularly, and my A1c is consistently right around 7, but that's about the extent of my diabetes life and community. I don't know anyone else in my sphere of friends or acquaintances who is diabetic. My wife is a nurse, which helps a little, but the lack of diabetic community has caused me to feel very alone. When you don't have anyone to bounce things off of, to whom you can vent sometimes, to challenge/inspire you to make better decisions regarding management of the disease, or to just help provide some framework for how you're doing, the going can get tough and the path somewhat lonely.
For some reason, it never occurred to me to search for diabetic community online (maybe I was subconsciously ignoring my craving for these kinds of connections), but I accidentally discovered some sites today while searching for other things and in only a couple of hours have discovered that the online diabetic community is actually very extensive. After coming across this site, I joined because it looked like a good place to start connecting. That being the case, I'm just looking to connect with other Type 1 diabetics whose experience is similar to mine. I'm 33, married (first kid on the way), live in Denver, CO, work in higher ed admin, am active in the outdoors and love playing sports. Simply put, I'm looking for community - others who know what it's like to have to constantly monitor what other people's bodies are doing automatically for them. I love the idea of learning from and being challenged by other diabetics trying to live healthy lives and who are also open about the challenges they face - something my endocrinologist doesn't/can't offer me! So, if you read this and feel like we'd connect and/or benefit from each other's experiences, share your story and connect with me!
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