The “F” word is common when you live with diabetes – Food, Fear, Frustration, Friendships, Fitness, Forever, Fingers, Feelings, Foresight (is always a good thing), Forgetting (to take your medication,or if you have taken it!) not Forgetting (ever, that you have diabetes), Family (you need them on your team), Forgiving yourself (never blame yourself – for anything), For goodness sake and yes, the big four letter F bomb and yes I am dropping it so apologies if you have a no swear policy – Fuck it all – that is definitely an often used word when it comes to diabetes in my house!
Do you have any to add?
Yesterday, as I was waiting out an hour or so to eat, after making my very healthy weight watchers fruit and natural yoghurt dessert and finding my levels still sitting at 14 mmol after 2 hours and a bolus, I watched my family getting on with their lives. Grabbing some food without thought. Not needing to prick their finger every 30 minutes to see if they were coming down enough to eat yet. Not deciding that maybe a pump site change was needed, again. Not worrying about whether they would now crash, or feeling totally pissed off that they couldn’t eat yet and could just look longingly at their bowl of yoghurt and kick the cat who also was looking longingly at it….The busyness of life just goes on while those of us with diabetes face our silent struggles or sometimes not so silent.
And in that moment I felt so alone.
Do you have those moments?
That is the main reason I started Diabetes Counselling Online all those years ago – to stop people like me, like you, like us – from feeling alone. It has been a long journey with ups and downs and we are still here. Diabetes Counselling Online will change again in a few months when our funding ends. But you can guarantee that we will still be here in some form with that same goal – telling stories, sharing support and hoping that we can all feel a little less alone.
If you have ever had any connection with us over the last 15 years we would love it if you can fill out our short survey below. It will help us tell our funding body what we have been doing well and not so well. Oh another F word- Funding- and Thank you (well not an F but we are so grateful to have had this funding support).
thank you sweet friends and here’s to the best F word of all – Friendship – oh and that Featured image of man’s best Friend? That’s because life should so much be a party, diabetes or not- go forward and live it lovelies