Does your diabetes affect your friendships with other people? If so, for the better? Or not always?
My clients often talk to me about their personal relationships, including friendships, and how they feel their diabetes impacts relationships.
Here are some examples of their concerns and frustrations:
People who seem uncomfortable around them, possibly out of fear they will need their help, or because they don’t want to think about their own health concerns
People who see them living an exemplary lifestyle and feel ashamed of their own unhealthy habits
People who are overly concerned about them, to the point of trying to tell them what they should be doing or eating
And people who make an issue out of their diabetes, assuring them over and over that it doesn’t affect their friendship, but raising the question of whether this is an offer of friendship or charity
I wrote an article about how an offer of friendship can feel like charity. Here is a link:
Now, I am interested in knowing if – and how – your diabetes affects your friendships. Not at all? Maybe somewhat at first, but you have educated your friend over time? Or, have you lost out on a friendship because of the potential friends’ attitude toward your diabetes?
So, how does diabetes affect your friendships? What have you learned about friendships over time? Any advice to share?
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