I’m hoping to get some involvement from the audience on this post. I’ve found that about half the diabetics I know have no qualms about discussing ‘personal’ diabetic information, and the other half act as if sharing their current A1c number is tantamount to sharing their social security number!
I can understand both sides here. When I was younger I would never have dreamed of telling anyone anything about my diabetic side. It was all private, shameful, taboo for me. Since I’ve been an active member of the diabetes community I’ve found freedom and relief in sharing. And most of all I’ve found that I am more like other diabetics than I ever thought.
I am not alone!
Below is a list of simple but potentially sensitive questions about your diabetes. If you would like to participate in my little online share therapy session then feel free to post your answers in the comment section.
You do not have to answer every single question if you find one too private, or not applicable to your type of diabetes, or you just don’t know the answer.
*Warning: Be aware that your answers will be open for the whole world to see. Anyone who happens by and reads this thread will see all the posted comments.*
My answers will be posted in the comments along with everyone’s.
- Type of diabetes you have
- Your current A1c
- Current ISF (insulin sensitivity factor)
- Current I:C (insulin to carb ratio)
- How long have you been diabetic?
- Do you think your endocrinologist (or whatever doctor cares for your diabetes) truly understands what it’s like to live with diabetes?
- Are you the only diabetic in your family?
- Is your close family supportive, educated on diabetes, and involved in your care?
- Do you have any other chronic/autoimmune illnesses besides diabetes?
- What bothers you the most about being diabetic?
- How would you respond to someone who was crying because they’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes?
- At what number do you usually start to feel high? Low?
What I am hoping to accomplish here is to show other diabetics who may feel shameful, angry, or insecure about their diabetes that we are all similar, and there is nothing shameful about being diabetic or struggling with it!
We are not alone!