Talking about diabetes in a new relationship – by Lydia Amaranath

Recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Lydia, aged 17, blogs about the importance of talking with a new partner.

It’s really difficult to cope in general with handling diabetes and it’s also difficult to talk about it.
For me personally, being a teen Type one diabetic – it’s hard talking to people because most don’t understand the situation you go through and what you have to do daily (injecting).
However, talking does help as you know people are there to support you throughout. Even if they don’t know what it feels like to live as a Type one diabetic, you know people will always be there whenever you need them.

I thought my boyfriend would treat me differently

I recently got into a relationship and I honestly thought my boyfriend would think I’m a sick girl and he’d treat me differently.
I thought having diabetes would make me different and not in a good way. My last conversation about diabetes was in fact with my boyfriend. I explained to him what Type 1 diabetes is, how I was diagnosed, what I have to do daily and how I’m coping. He did have questions such as what the insulin does and I gave him answers. I was very open with him, and I had to be.
To be honest, I wasn’t uncomfortable talking about it, but in the back of my mind, I thought he’d judge me. I was overthinking way too much because he wasn’t judgemental at all! My boyfriend was and still is very understanding and treats me as ME! He’s also very helpful in ways where he’d remind me to bring my glucose kit and insulin pen if we were going out somewhere. It really is so heartwarming to see the care people give.

Voice your words to help yourself

I do feel people should hear others stories, and we should be talking about diabetes more. Learning about it and understanding other people’s experience, struggles and how they cope is important. It’s nearly been a year since my diagnosis, and I do still struggle but talking to people (whether they have diabetes or not) is useful. Don’t hide away how you feel especially if you’re finding it difficult to cope.
Talk to your family, friends, your nurses, doctors and a support group. They’re all there for a reason. Sometimes it may feel a bit awkward to speak about it, but you need to put yourself in that position where you can voice your words the way you want in order to help yourself.
Talk about diabetes. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, it’s important to share your story among others.

Share and read more tips on talking about diabetes
This Diabetes Week we want to make it easier to have those tricky conversations about diabetes. Share your tips on social media using the hashtag #TalkAboutDiabetes. You can also find out more, share your tips online and read tips from other people with diabetes on our Diabetes Week page.

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