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Diabetes Blog Week Type 1 Diabetes

The Other Half of Diabetes

We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk?

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Diabetes is draining. It never goes away, you can’t take a break- it’s kind of like having a toddler and trying to go to the bathroom for one second. They’re right outside the door, screaming your name. 

In addition to the carb counting, temp basals, infusion set changes, beeping pump alarms at all hours, and your pump falling out of your pants on a regular basis (that can’t just be me, right?), diabetes effects your mood. A simple dip or a climb in blood sugar, can set the tears flowing or make you want to grab a bottle of water out of a stranger’s hand. 

Diabetes is draining. So what can a girl do? Laugh. Today I told people at work that my pancreas needed a new AAA battery. I also said that eating a chocolate covered cricket was 100% not worth a bolus (and I stand by this, I will not be swayed, don’t bother trying). 

What else can you do? Share. Get on Twitter- I guarantee at any hour of the night, someone is tweeting about diabetes. Just knowing that at 2am, someone else is dealing with a blood sugar that just won’t behave, means the world. Someone gets you. They get your disease. I encourage every person with diabetes to get connected- don’t go at this alone. 

9 comments

  1. Molly J

    Love what you said about Twitter. I’ve certainly felt a lot less alone when I’ve had my sleep interrupted by a misbehaving bg, thanks to my Twitter friends!

  2. Cassie

    It’s so very draining and constant. We use humor in our house all the time (there are 3 of us with type 1 in our house). It really does help!

  3. Frank

    And you are able to do it all with RA, too. You manage to maintain a positive attitude through it all on social media, Molly, and I’m always inspired.

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