How it feels to have diabetes

hand_holdingThere will be a lot of different feelings when you were first diagnosed with diabetes, of which are not very good in most of the time. Some of these feelings will probably lessen or go away completely once you have lived with diabetes for a while; but some of them can come back from time to time. As you learn to manage your diabetes, it’s important to learn how to cope with these feelings so that they do not overwhelm you.

Remember, these feelings that you are dealing with are quite normal. Again, these feelings will almost always pass or change over time. That is just the way most feelings are – they won’t stay exactly the same forever. Very few things in life do!

Share your feelings

Sharing your feelings with somebody else can be very helpful in learning to deal with them. This might not always be easy to do. You might feel ashamed or embarrassed by your feelings. Or you might want to suppress your feelings and pretend that you are not having them, hoping that they will just go away. But, if you can, talk about how you feel with someone you trust – such as a friend, brother or sister, parent, teacher, or counselor. It is amazing how just talking about your feelings can make them so much easier to handle. Part of this is because talking to someone helps you to remember that you are not alone.

Be positive!

Learning to deal with feelings is especially important for people with diabetes. Most doctors agree that feelings can affect your health, and that some feelings, like stress, can actually affect your blood sugars. Having a positive attitude can motivates you to take care yourself better, so that you can live longer and happier.

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