What do you say to someone who was just diagnosed with diabetes?

By AliciaReed Latest Reply 2015-04-08 00:17:41 -0500
Started 2015-04-04 14:32:04 -0500

Seems like everyone I know got diagnosed with diabetes right after me. (I'm a jinx, I know!) One of my closest friends just got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last week. Maybe if we weren't so close, I could find the right words, but because we're so close, it's hard. I know how hard it is to have a chronic disease, but I don't want to upset her. Even though she knows what I go through on a daily basis with my diabetes, what can I tell her to lift her mood? She's pretty bummed. Thanks!

5 replies

shellyj 2015-04-08 00:17:41 -0500 Report

tell her to take one day at a time yes diabetes will drive you nuts but it will and can make you a stronger person i had it 7 seven year now but it was one of the best things to happened to me as i needed a wake up call to find my voice in life

Lakeland 2015-04-07 17:43:30 -0500 Report

tell her it's the one disease that she has the tools in her hands to keep control over. she can test at any time and know where she's at, low or high), that is not the case with cancers and other diseases. it does take a couple of classes to gain knowledge, but she can live a normal life with this, if she takes it seriously

Type1Lou 2015-04-05 11:36:21 -0500 Report

Hi Alicia! I've had diabetes for 38+ years. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Type 2 several weeks back and asked me about how I manage my diabetes. I explained to her that controlling the carbohydrates we eat seems to be the key. At least for me it is…even though I'm a Type 1 and she's a Type 2. A diagnosis of diabetes signals the need for life-style changes, both dietary and activity as well, in many cases, medications. Encourage her to learn as much as she can about what spikes her BG's and what she needs to do to get and maintain control. By living well and controlling your diabetes, you can demonstrate to her that it can be done and strengthen that friendship bond you have with her.

jayabee52 2015-04-04 20:36:05 -0500 Report

Howdy Alicia

I would go to her and ask her if she'd like a hug. She has just lost the "normal" life she knew and now has to adjust to a "new normal" which is not an easy or quick process. In many ways she is grieving just like someone grieves if they've lost a loved one.

I used to have to counsel and try to comfort those who've lost a loved one and the one thing that seems to help the most is to just "be there" for them. You may not even need to say anything, but just let them know that you understand their loss and you will be with them as they feel the need.

Also, Aicia, Jib Jab had an excellent idea of introducing her to DC. It takes the main burden off of you and there is a large number of ppl who have been through it before.

I pray God gives you what you need to comfort this friend.


Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-04 14:51:16 -0500 Report

You don't say anything…there will be dozens of people giving advice..and driving her, for lack of a better phrase..bat shit crazy…Be the person that he/she can go to when ever they need to talk or have a question…Tell the person just that…Tell them that they can come to you when they need to sound off…or if they have a question or problem..and you will be there…and if you don't have the answer…you will look for it together..Everyone needs that one person…and because you are so close..once you open the door she will step through..OOoo and don't forget to tell them about us…let her know about DC…always room for more…and we learn so much from each other..

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