- If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it is normal to feel scared and confused. There is a lot to learn and it may seem overwhelming, but eventually everything will feel natural to you! There may be some hard times but you will overcome them. You can live a full, happy, and healthy life with diabetes if you take care of yourself.
- Diabetes can happen to anybody in the world. You did not do anything wrong to get diabetes.
- If you are scared of diabetes, diabetes is not a disease that will hurt you or impair you from doing anything that you want to in life. It is a deficiency of a hormone named insulin and if you provide insulin to your blood than you can lead a normal life.
- Listen to your doctor and talk to them about your diabetes and life.
- Never be embarrassed by your diabetes. You are the same person that you were before you were diagnosed with diabetes. Your family and friends will understand this.
- Everything is going to be ok as long as you take care of yourself.
- The honeymoon stage is a period of time consisting of the first few months after diagnosis during which the pancreas can still produce small amounts of insulin.
- You may need to administer less insulin during this time if your doctor says so.
- The stage may last a few months and is different for everyone, but your doctor will tell you when your stage is done.
- You must keep checking your blood sugar and administering the appropriate amount of insulin as your doctor says during this stage.
Information and images from www.penpalsunited.org are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE. You can access the book here: http://manavseva.org/downloads/book-english.pdf
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