By notmaiden Latest Reply 2015-02-20 16:40:22 -0600
Started 2015-02-17 22:10:36 -0600

I feel alone. I do not know anyone who is type 1 in my area. In the 10 years I have been diabetic I have only met 1 person who had T1. I know there are people here whom I can talk to but I feel really depressed about my diabetes. My roommate doesn't like my pump, he prefers my needles. And my ex husband says that the pump is just a crutch because I'm a lazy diabetic who doesn't want to take shots.

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RosalieM 2015-02-20 16:40:22 -0600 Report

Hi notmaiden,
I am type 2, but I understand as I was all alone for many years, didn't even know another diabetic, before the internet. You are not alone now.

GeekonBoard 2015-02-18 18:00:35 -0600 Report

Hello Notmaiden :)
I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling alone. I know what you mean about knowing you can find people on this website to talk to but finding people in the physical world would also be a great addition to taking your T1 journey. Have you asked on this website if anyone happens to be from your area?
The other couple of things that come to mind are to google whatever cities, town you live in & near along with the words diabetic support group. I also just looked up the word "diabetics" on a website called: MeetUp
You can adjust the amount of miles you are willing to drive, etc. - I did a search for diabetics, adjusted the amount miles I was willing to drive & added my local area names. You could also play around with the search criteria for google & for the meetup website. There might be more specific groups for type one diabetes. You could also ask your PCP, diabetes educator, &/or endocrinologist for suggestion or any places they can suggest.
I hope that you are able to find all the support you need to gain some traction with feeling confident in an environment that doesn't sound very supportive. I hear ya — and sometimes you have to say **beep them**
Your health - mental & physical is what is most important. If they can't get on board with it & aren't willing to learn the what & why's for what you are doing — then you just do you. I have a friend who's husband recently got a pump & he claims that he feels so much better. He confesses that he still needs to wok on his eating habits, but sometimes you have to start somewhere. And, if a pump is your jumping off point - then give it a go!
Here for you if you want/need to vent. I've been really happy with finding this website & I'm still really new to the neighborhood with my T2 & with this website.
Hang in there & I hope you can find some local support as well as the T! & T2 peeps on this website!

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-18 15:17:15 -0600 Report

You need to do what you need to do, and tell the others to take a flying leap. Wearing a pump doesn't mean you are lazy, its takes just as much work to use a pump as it does to take injections. sounds like your ex is an ex for good reason.
if your roommate doesn't like your pump, OH WELL ! ! ! You need to take care of yourself no matter what others say. And you are not alone, we are all here, and even though we don't live next door, we are only a computer away..hang in there, it will get better

Type1Lou 2015-02-18 08:03:56 -0600 Report

For some reason, my current (2nd) husband wasn't really excited about my beginning on the pump in 2011 after years of insulin shots. I decided to give pumping a try because I was experiencing ever increasing severe hypo episodes and deteriorating control. (He had learned to give me glucagon shots when I had bad hypos.) He's now a believer since he hasn't had to give me glucagon since I started pumping. In your shoes, I would ask your roommate specifically what he is objecting to and why would he object to something that gives you better control and better health? Why would you care what your ex-husband says?…there's a reason he's your ex. You are taking positive steps to improve your control…nothing lazy about that…his saying that you are a lazy diabetic because you use a pump is like saying women who use a dishwasher or clothes washer/dryer are lazy because they should do that work by hand! IMO, pumping demands greater determination and input and accommodations but the end result is well worth it. It's your life and your body, after all!

Pegsy 2015-02-18 06:47:36 -0600 Report

Welcome! You've come to the right place. Although I am not one of them, there are quite a few type ones here to share your experiences with. It sounds like the men in your life haven't been supportive. That's a shame. I hope you finds friends who will support you in managing diabetes in the way that works best for you.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 00:43:31 -0600 Report

Really..your ex thinks your lazy..lmao mine thinks I am Satan…apparently he just doesn't get why you use a is not about being is about having more control…maybe HE NEEDS a diabetes education class…type 1 is much rarer than type 2..and I am sorry that you have had trouble meeting others with type 1…but you can always come here..I am type 2 but always have an ear open (or in the case of the internet my eyes)…if you need to chat..and they're several very nice type 1s here on the board for you to get to know…huggles and welcome…

kimfing 2015-02-17 22:50:29 -0600 Report

Welcome. You are not alone. If you feel comfortable w ur pump and you are managing well with it, then poo on your roommate and ex.

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