I really hate being diabetic. I'm 17 years old and I just found that I have type 1 diabetes. I really don't know what to do.
The best thing for you to do at this point is to make sure you have good support. If you are stressed make sure to let your parents know. Most cities and larger community hospitals will have services available to help you. The members of your care team should include a pediatrician or primary care provider, an endocrinologist, a diabetes nurse educator and a dietitian. For anyone newly diagnosed with type 1, we also recommend checking in with a counselor. It’s perfectly normal to have strong negative feelings about your situation and having someone to whom you can express these feelings will be important. Try these websites for more information about type 1 diabetes in younger adults: JDRF.org, Joslin.org, diabetes.org, and www.ndep.nih.gov/publications/index.aspx?Age=Teens+and+Children. You can live a long and happy life with diabetes, but you will need to learn about it and about what you can do to stay healthy., Working with a healthcare team and checking out these websites should help.