Sometimes, it can be really hard to explain what it is like living with diabetes. People who don’t have it don’t really understand what we have to do every day to live a good life. Besides our every day struggles, we all know that there are ‘bad’ days, when we just can’t manage our blood sugars and we feel horrible about everything. Those are the days when we most want to talk to someone because it makes us feel more at ease with what we are going through, but it can be hard to feel better when no one understands.
I don’t know many people with diabetes, so I find that my diabetes-struggles can sometimes be harder to handle. When I try to explain living with diabetes, I often end up frustrated and tired because people just don’t seem to understand. One day, I told my sister all of this, and she suggested that I start to keep a journal. She said that I could mainly use it as a place to write down all of my thoughts and it could help me get through my challenges as a diabetic.
The first day I sat down to write, I didn’t know where to begin. I simply wrote down what my day was like and anything else that came to mind. Honestly, nothing I wrote had anything to do with my diabetes. I didn’t see that this journaling was helpful. I didn’t clear my mind or help me think about my day, so I only did it once or twice a week.
But suddenly, my idea about writing changed when I had one of my ‘bad’ days. Actually, it was an awful day. I couldn’t manage my blood sugar, I wanted to lie in my bed all day because I wasn’t feeling well, and all of this made me cry for an hour! The next day I sat down to write, and I found myself writing everything that had happened. Seeing all of my thoughts on paper felt incredible!
Ever since that day I have been writing in this journal, and it’s helped me a lot. It has helped me think a lot more about my everyday life and my diabetes life, and it has helped me figure out how to make them work together in better ways. It feels really great to have somewhere that I can write down my thoughts and figure out what I want to do.
I think that this could be a great activity for anyone to try, and I think it is definitely worth a try! Maybe this could help you with your diabetes, or maybe it can help your friend with dealing with their every day life problems. It can be a simple notebook, or several sheets of paper. Wherever you write, all that really matters is that you can have something to help you through anything in life.
Hello everyone! My name is Isabella, and I am a senior at the University of Georgia with type one diabetes. Unlike a lot of people with T1d I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old, which was really scary because this meant I had to completely change how I lived my life. At first it was really hard. But I eventually settled into my new life. This was thanks to my family and friends who have supported me every day. My grandmother had diabetes, so having a mom who knew how to deal with lows and highs made things slightly easier. If there is something my diabetes has taught me it’s that this disease shouldn’t define my outlook on life. I know that T1 can be hard to manage sometimes, but I think that working every day to be more confident about living with the disease makes things better.
Being in college can be stressful, and having diabetes can be stressful, but putting those together can make things a little crazy. Especially when you want to be a doctor, like me! Like I said, I take everything one day at a time, and I do this by balancing everything with doing things that I enjoy. I love playing the piano, playing tennis, and doing yoga. Apart from my hobbies, something that I love to do is working with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to raise puppies into working guide dogs. My first dog, Kepler, is now a working guide dog, and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
I’m really excited to be working with Penpals United to lend a supporting hand to other T1s. We all need to support one another, and I hope to help as many people as I can by staying positive and confident with my blog!
Hello everyone! My name is Isabella, and I am a senior at the University of Georgia with type one diabetes. I was diagnosed at the age of 19, but don't let diabetes define me. Currently, I volunteer with the Guide Dog Foundation to train puppies to be working guide dogs. I am so excited to be a mentor with Penpals United!