- It won’t kill you.
- It won’t even make you feel ill much of the time.
- It won’t stop you doing anything.
- You can eat whatever you want.
- You can refuse food you don’t want and blame diabetes – nobody will dare argue.
- You’ll get free prescriptions for life.
- You’ll get regular health checks for life.
- You get some really cool techie stuff: pumps, meters etc.
- You can eat sweets and claim it’s a medical necessity. (it sometimes is)
- You can get out of a boring meeting by claiming your blood sugar is low/high.
- You will meet the most awesome people, your fellow diabetics.
I have lived and thrived with diabetes for almost 19 years. Diabetes caused a few weeks of adjustment, with some anxiety – more on the part of my family and friends than me, if the truth be told. But very soon after diagnosis, I resumed the busy and active life that I had always led, and I’ve just carried on that way.
Managing my condition is just a small part of personal care, no different from washing, shaving, going to the loo, getting dressed etc. It fits around what I do just like those other life’s essentials do. I’m not perfect at it, but I manage pretty well. I am hoping to be offered a DAFNE course at some time, as I still have much to learn about the effect of different foods on blood glucose levels, but apart from that I rely largely on knowledge and support from my fellow Type Ones.
Diabetes doesn’t make your life any worse than it was before. It just adds a complication, like so many other complications that life throws at you at various stages.
So my advice for anyone diagnosed with diabetes: find someone else out there who knows what it’s all about and connect with them. A problem shared is a problem halved? Well, as far as I’m concerned, a “problem” shared stops being a problem and becomes a source of friendship, support, fun and much laughter."
Adrian's words. Case study sourced by Diabetes UK