Diabetes is psychologically demanding... and yet we do it and do it well :)

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2014-09-12 16:46:03 -0500
Started 2014-08-28 14:27:07 -0500

I recently read an article about the stigma of diabetes and how we don't need the additional mental strain on top of the already psychological demands that diabetes brings with it. I totally agree that there is so much more to diabetes than what you see or even what the doctor sees at your check ups. You really have to have a thick skin to be able to take the strange looks and comments that people make. But I wholeheartedly believe that those of us living with diabetes are stronger than most. Diabetes consumes a large part of our time, health, money and comfort. And yet, here we are chatting away and living life as if nothing was wrong, because really what else is there to do? Yes, I would say that you and I are the heros and can inspire so many. This article made me think a lot about what we all go through and how incredible all of those here are to make the choice to be happy and live life to the fullest.

here is the article: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-news/...

4 replies

tabby9146 2014-09-12 16:46:03 -0500 Report

I approached it pretty much the same was Joyce does. Of course, if you are type1 I believe it to be more demanding, or type2 with complications then I can see where it is , but people can make things worse the way they feel about them for sure. I am a strong person also and it has never changed what I do, or the way I do things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-09-01 18:22:04 -0500 Report

It is a psychologically demanding only if you chose to allow to make it that way. I didn't make that choice.

I was a strong person when I was diagnosed and diabetes only made me stronger. Keep in mind that you can become what you think.

I chat, go to meetings, dance, play with and walk the dog. I plan things to do then do them. For the life of me I can't figure out what is wrong.

I have diabetes, it does not have me. I spend my time with positive energy. If I spent it living in negative energy then it would be psychologically demanding.

TLTanner 2014-08-28 17:27:31 -0500 Report

Being diagnosed at the age of 4, I have known no other way of life. I thought everyone was a diabetic and had to take shots. LOL My friends while growing up seemed to have no problems with my disease, not that I was aware of anyway. They just seemed to accept as my way of life, even joking with me about shots and how I didn't think they were painful.

On the other hand, my brother who was diagnosed around the age of 10, had a different experience. Even now, he seems ashamed to do certain things in public. He has gotten to the point that when in public and having to give himself an injection, he gives it through his clothing, no matter the material. I just keep thinking of all the germs on his clothing that he just pushed through his skin and I think, EWW!

It was a really great article and I am thankful you brought it up, Jeannette Terry. I even shared it on Facebook! I have a niece that believes VERY strongly that you get diabetes from eating too much sugar and denies her children any food that she attributes to "causing" diabetes. Her grandmother has it, her grandfather has it, her father has it, her two aunts have it, her own mother has it and yet, she continues to think that we all did it to ourselves. Go figure!

Thanks again, Jeannette for a wonderful article!


teacherspet 2014-08-28 16:35:02 -0500 Report

I agree it is a private battle that so many want to be a part of, yet have no idea how to do that. Normally I am very verbal about my diabetes, but it depends on what is being shared. If you have been mean or nasty about it once, you won't get a second chance with me.