1. I feel the same about becoming more passionate about diabetes. I have the benefit of also being diagnosed at an age where I’m looking after myself, and my mum doesn’t know the first thing about diabetes! She wouldn’t even know to ask how my levels are, or what they mean.

    • Me too. My parents were a huge support after being diagnosed, but I was pretty much able to look after myself. I’m really glad I didn’t have to place that burden on them.

  2. kelly2k

    Thank you for sharing – I appreciate it so much & I know I’m not the only one.
    We are perfectly imperfect and that’s OK.
    It’s more than OK – it’s being human – busted pancreas or not.
    Keep writing, keep advocating – we need you!

  3. I do the exact same thing with my parents – that question annoys me and I feel bad that it does! I was also diagnosed at 17, and it took my Dad 2 years to understand what a hypo was…pros and cons 🙂

  4. sysymorales

    Totally appreciate what you just said here. I think you’re right about when we become passionate about it, we put our energy into it and then we see results. So true 🙂

  5. Spot on. I was the same way, not focusing on it as much and letting so much of my D-management go by the wayside until I started getting more involved in the DOC and talking about it more. That put my energy back into myself and taking care of my health, and that was huge. And really, looking back, I think a lot of the foundation for me slacking on BG logging and data-tracking when I was younger (and not so much younger), was all rooted in me just not wanting to admit how poorly I was doing. Not seeing those numbers helped push it all to the back-burner. So in the past number of years, I’ve found that even little things like Tweeting my #bgnow and random shares of little D-nuggets helps keep me accountable. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  6. I absolutely agree, especially the part about imperfect management becoming “reality” when we say the words out loud. i think for me, that is even more true when it comes to saying it to my doctor, and no matter how long I’ve been doing this, its never easy, but so necessary. Great post!

  7. I was in my early 20’s when I was diagnosed and never had parental supervision with it. I think that protects me from the mental stuff many T1’s have to deal with of trying to please parents, lie to parents, feel guilty for all of the above, etc. I also believe that the DOC is hugely instrumental in keeping me healthy. Great post!

  8. I agree with your post. Except just let me say, imperfect diabetes management is quite often the fault of diabetes!!! We can do everything perfectly and it still doesn’t work out. So try not to feel too guilty. (I know, easier said than done!!)

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