When you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, it can be a very lonely time. At least it was for me. Outwardly your life doesn’t change that much – you have the same job, the same friends, the same life. Inwardly, however, your life is completely different. Everything you do becomes some sort of calculated risk that you have to sort through. You want to go out to eat with friends, but is it worth the possible blood sugar complications after? You want to spend the day at the beach, but can you keep your insulin from overheating, do you know how your blood sugar is going to react to being out in the sun all day? It can all be overwhelming, especially if you feel like no one around you really understands. Outside you look the same, but inside your life is completely different.
I can’t imagine living with diabetes 10 or 15 years ago (I was only diagnosed in 2002) when there weren’t the opportunities there are today. It is hard to feel alone when you can reach out and virtually connect with over 15,000 people here on Diabetes Daily, over 10,000 people on TuDiabetes, hundreds of diabetes bloggers, a growing group of happy diabetics, and other communities of diabetics that I don’t even know about.
It is so easy to connect with other diabetics, get your questions answered, receive support, and feel less alone with a very lonely disease.
My best advice for the newly diagnosed diabetic is to connect. Connect with other diabetics as much and as often as you can. Step out of the virtual world, take the chance, and meet up with other diabetics in your area. I promise you won’t regret it.
*last picture borrowed from Kerri at sixuntilme