Sunday, April 25, 2010

Am I really alone?

It's normal for diabetics to feel alone in their disease, even in the presence of other diabetics.  Everyone has different needs: carb intake needs, medication needs, exercise needs.  No two diabetics control their disease the same way.  Even within a family.  For example, my mom has told me that she can eat pizza, but ice cream raises her glucose level.  The opposite it true for me: Pizza makes my sugar levels go through the roof, though I'm able to eat a reasonable serving of ice cream.  (Thankfully I found a pizza place in town that uses a thinner crust that I'm able to eat without my glucose going too high.)  The best way to get through dealing with a disease like diabetes is the support of others also dealing with the disease.  How are you able to get support when there is no one going through the exact same situation?  Am I really alone in this fight against diabetes?

While reading another blog (written by the mother of a girl with Type 1), I realized that I'm not alone in feeling alone.  Not only did her blog entry remind me that even if I feel alone that Jesus is always with me, she helped me to remember that even though we don't all have the same type of diabetes, even though we don't all have the same carb requirements, even though we don't all have the same medication needs, even though we don't all need the same amount of exercise, we are all in this fight together against this monster called diabetes.

What would my advice for someone who is feeling alone?  Find someone else in a similar situation who might also be feeling alone.  Even if your exact situation isn't the same, being able to talk about your situation and feeling of being alone may be the therapy you need.  A little pray time never hurt, either. *wink*

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