Diabetes and Relationships

On December 22, 2010 by Cherise Shockley

December 22, 2010

Week 23

Q1.Has diabetes affected your daily relationships/friendships? How has your spouse/friends coped w/ you having diabetes?

Q2. There are a lot of Adults being dx’d w/ T-1, LADA, T-2, PCOS & Gestational diabetes-How has being dx’d as an adult affected your life?

Q2.5 For those who have had diabetes since childhood. How was the transition from child w/ diabetes to adult w/ diabetes been for you?

Q3. I know it’s hard to explain diabetes to an adult but how do you explain diabetes to a child? Mom has diabetes . Dad has diabetes.

Q4. Do you or have you ever hid your diabetes from family members, friends or significant others?

Q5. What is the one thing you would tell someone that is entering a relationship and has diabetes? tips.

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3 Responses to “Diabetes and Relationships”

  • Q1: Not at all. I’ve been diabetic so long, it can’t really effect any of my relationships. My bf didn’t know much about D before we started dating, though he mom was dx with T2 a few years ago..but he’s learned what he needs and he understands what it is better.

    Q2: haha Can’t answer that.

    Q2.5: It’s been alright. No big bumps really that I can think of. I like having 100% control, though I still ask my mom for advice.

    Q3: I’ve never really had to do that. I guess just that “mommy’s/daddy’s” pancreas doesn’t work 100% as it should when it breaks down food so she/he needs to assist it by taking insulin until they find a way to make the pancreas work the way it should.

    Q4: Nope. I don’t start relationships off by going “I have diabetes” or “I’m diabetic” but they find out sooner or later, as it comes up..not forced.

    Q5: Not everyone understands Diabetes and it’s your job to help them understand. Don’t overwhelm them, start with the basics such as signs of lows, etc, and then let the rest come with time. If someone decides it’s a reason not to continue the relationship, it’s okay, not everyone can handle D. Move on and find someone who is willing to learn and be there for you.

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