If You Meet Someone With Type 1 Diabetes, This Is What You Should Know
Instead of jumping out of bed and going about his day without consideration, he reaches for his blood sugar tester, he pricks his finger and waits for the reading that will determine his morning.
This is pretty close to my heart both figuratively and literally as someone who’s been dealing with this condition for 13 years. You probably know someone who has this disease, even if you don’t know it, which is why I also try and do my part to spread awareness. My diabetic friend and I only recently discussed the still-prevailing stigma and psychological strain that surrounds and is constantly a part of being a type 1 diabetic. It is largely an invisible disease and what you see is only a fraction of what diabetics really deal with in silence. On a good day, it’s four life-preserving injections and four blood tests, accompanied by a carb counting regime, constant awareness that your body doesn’t work like everyone else’s, diet control and consequence if you eat so much as a banana or a biscuit and didn’t factor it into your carb count for that 4hr period. On a bad day, severe dehydration, disorientation, blurred vision, mood swings akin to bipolarity with successive hypo and hyperglycemic attacks, manic episodes, loss of consciousness and a whole list of other various afflictions. it is a constant strain on your body and even the simplest trip takes a great degree of planning which makes large life decision even more difficult for us than most people would be aware of. Because here’s the truth, and it’s documented; it is one of the most psychologically demanding chronic illnesses in existence that is simultaneously one of the least understood outside of the medical community.
So please take a moment to read it. The number of type 1 diabetics is set to double by 2025, so you’ll likely someday need this, if not for you, then possibly for a child or most likely a friend.