When someone is diagnosed with any form of diabetes, a variety of emotions can emerge including sadness, guilt, fear, anger, and others. There is no way to predict the emotions that will develop but there are ways to manage them.
You may be asking yourself, “Is it wrong to have these feelings?” Often we have shame or guilt about our feelings. The truth is, there is no right or wrong feeling. Feelings can give us motivation to do things, or help us connect with others. It is important to have the right resources in dealing with these feelings and behaviors so that they are not expressed in unhealthy ways.
Of most importance, let your Endocrinologist or Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) know if you are struggling, and know that you are not alone.
There are resources available to help you cope.
“Don’t just keep feelings to yourself and suffer. Sure you feel vulnerable and fear you’ll be judged, but you will never know unless you try. So take the risk, tell someone and see how it feels.”