The OurDiabetes tweet chat held on Tuesday 28th January was hosted by @Oggy2203. I missed the chat, but I think accepting diabetes is a big step in controlling and managing it. My answers to the evening’s questions are below..
Question 1 – How did you come to terms with accepting your diabetes?
Thinking about it, I was relieved to be diagnosed with diabetes. For 6 months prior, I had been constantly unwell and run down, with no apparent reason. Being diagnosed with diabetes therefore, gave me a starting point to start my road to better health.
Question 2 – What struggles did you come across when accepting your diabetes?
I was diagnosed as Type 1.5. I struggled in the first 18 months, as my healthcare team wanted to treat me as type 2, meaning that I tried every tablet medication there is. I knew from the start, that this wasn’t the way for me. It took 18 months for my healthcare team to agree with me, and since then, I have been so much better. It still frustrates me that I was ignored for that first year and a half..
Question 3 – How did friends and family members come to terms with your diagnosis?
My dad has diabetes, and his dad was also diabetic. As a result, I don’t think my diagnosis was too life changing. My family already had a healthy lifestyle, and we all knew how to deal with my dad when he was having a hypo. On the other hand, my dad is type 2, and I am type 1(.5?!). These are completely different in terms of treatment and everyday life. I sometimes think being on insulin makes my diabetes more flexible than if I were treated by tablets.
Question 4 – How long did it take you to get used to using your medication?
I think it took precisely 19 months to get used to my medication. The whole time I was on tablets, was a horrible experience for me. I had said from the start, that I felt like I needed to be on insulin, not tablets. When I did eventually get given an insulin regime, I felt like I was living a new life. Sure, it took a while to get used to injecting myself everyday, and working out how much to inject. But it was worth it. Definitely.
Question 5 – Do you ever have days when you don’t accept your medical condition?
I think I do, along with most other people with diabetes. There are days when I think “why me?” and that I don’t deserve it. I don’t smoke, I rarely drink, I eat healthily, and I exercise. I guess you can’t change your genes, though, so I’m stuck with this diabetes thing.
When I have days like these, I have to remember how well I’ve done, so far. I have my family to thank, I have wonderful friends who understand what I’m going thorough, and of course, I have the #doc. Every day, I look at my tattoo, and I feel so proud of myself. So, 2.5 years down, another 80 to go (at least)!
The bits that don’t fit in with the questions…
Diabetes is a very individual experience; everyone deals with it differently, everyone feels, reacts and treats it differently. For me, being diagnosed with diabetes was the first step to improving my overall health. A certain amount of hope was attached to my diagnosis, and for the most part, I do try to keep that in mind, on a day to day basis. It can be hard, but the majority of the time, I do feel that I have been very good at accepting my diabetes.