How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I pretty much shut down emotionally altogether. I didn’t really understand what having diabetes meant but I knew it wasn’t good and so instead of facing it or coming to terms with it, I pretty much ignored it completely. After a while I began to open up to my family and friends, letting them know the fears I had about what being diagnosed with diabetes would mean for me and since then I’ve always tried my best to be emotionally open and transparent with how I’m feeling. Living with diabetes can be incredibly overwhelming at times but I’ve learnt that the best way to conquer any fears or worries I have, is to be honest with where I’m at and what I’m feeling. The people in my world are the best because they listen when I need to vent and know that, more often than not, I don’t actually want or need advice but instead what I need is someone to get along beside me, agree that diabetes can suck big time, and remind me that I have friends & family around me and that they’re cheering for me all the way.

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