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What was your first reaction when your health care provider told you that you have diabetes? Were you overwhelmed? Scared? Or, did you completely deny that you have diabetes?
An initial, and sometimes later, reaction of denial is quite common. In our work, we see many forms of denial, including statements such as:
Fear, grief and depression are other common reactions to a diabetes diagnosis. Whether your initial reaction is denial, fear, grief or depression, we hope that you're able to move forward and accept the challenge of managing diabetes. Don't let these common emotions lead you to avoid self-care or to think that the diagnosis will "go away." Diabetes is a lifelong, chronic illness that can lead to complications if left untreated!
For the sake of your health, it's important you reach the point of acceptance. Fight for your health. Set goals, make a plan and ask for help from health care professionals such as diabetes educators and registered dietitians.
Tell your friends and family how they can help, and seek the support of a diabetes support group near you. The Juvenile Diabetes Association and American Diabetes Association websites also have information about camps for children and teens with diabetes. Remember, you're not alone.
Have a good week.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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