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. 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!