Helping others to understand Diabetes and You.

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-03-31 16:08:05 -0500
Started 2010-02-14 05:45:56 -0600

The emotional impact that Diabetes has on one's self and self esteem and on others is often overlooked in comparison to the physical impact.

What do you do, or how do you educate loved one's and others on the emotional effects of diabetes on yourself, or on others ?

Do you open up and talk to others about diabetes on an emotional level or do you verbally attack out of anger or frustration because you feel that you are misunderstood ?

Or do you even attempt to ?

8 replies

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 16:01:58 -0500 Report

This is an interesting topic that I thought I would bring to the front again for consideration. I try not to make a big deal out of it and sometimes I like to spring a little surprise on people who always tell me what I can eat or is kind of fun and let's them know that I do know what I am doing. It also can open up a conversation to dispell some of the myths of diabetes.

One thing is for sure, if I had not had the support of my mom and this site, I would have gone batty. Here I could share my struggles without feeling like I was always being judged. I would find solutions that other people had tried and worked, and that gave me hope that I could do it too.

The only time I get "aggressive" is when people who know better are being really stupid. Usually with a health care provider. I don't get nasty, but I will confront "conventional" thinking when I feel that they are out of line.

One thing is for sure, not talking about it makes me feel isolated and alone. That is why places like this site are so important.

LTennion 2010-10-21 09:30:34 -0500 Report

Good Morning Gabby!
I have read many of your responses to the articles that have caught my interest, and I have enjoyed your persective alot. I think I understand what you're saying and I also relate to the frustration and disapointment felt. I don't initiate conversations regarding diabetes. Most people I associate with are unconcerned. Not because I feel as though they don't care, but the reality is; they only care to a certain extend. I don't hold that against them. We all are busy trying to stay on top of things…whatever that may be, right? It's only when I get the blank stares or smurks when someone appears to get an attitude about what they observe me doing, or not doing. As though they suddenly got thier degree and became my personal expert on the subject of diabetes, or even health & fitness, for that matter. It's kinda like the ones who give parenting advice when they have no children, you know what I mean. What they know is that Diabetes is a problem with sugar and diabetics are not allowed to have anything with sugar. And that's all they need to know. They have never considered or given any further thought to it. I realize that alot of times, we are all guilty of judgment, but when I have those moments of being guilty myself. I back up and apologise. I think if someone feels the need to judge, then at least do it with a measure of knowledge and education, so that they half way know what they are talking about. I get thoroughly disappointed with the health care community because of thier sometimes hollier-than-thow attitude. I get so disgusted with the blank stares which also leaves them speech-less. How dare I question thier treatment plan or not follow thru with thier strick plan. It' simple, right…just do as I said…what's wrong with you. I get so emotional every time I see my chart labeled uncontrolled DM and incompliant DM

runthe 2010-02-14 23:05:12 -0600 Report

I always open up and talk to others about my being a diabetic. It helps me when I talk about it.

MAYS 2010-02-14 05:49:48 -0600 Report

Do you open up and talk to others about diabetes on an emotional level or do you verbally attack out of anger or frustration because you feel that you are misunderstood ?

pkwillhoite 2011-03-31 16:05:10 -0500 Report

I attack because when I do good no one understands and says that it would have been better if I had done this… and I get real depressed with my family cuz they just dont seem to listen to anything i say… A couple of test back my A1C results were 5.7 and I was so proud and my boyfriend said if I wouldnt cheat sometimes it would have been better and I was like this is the best I have ever been in 7 years… very sad and depressed…

MewElla 2011-03-31 16:08:05 -0500 Report

Your A1C is fantastic and I for one, am very proud of you. You worked hard for that. Plse do not let what anyone says bring you down, you know, you did right. Keep it up…good luck to you.

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