I fully believe diabetes is a mental disease. Now don't get all defensive on me! Diabetes is a disease that your pancreas doesn't work or doesn't work well enough, causing a rise of glucose in the blood. I understand that.
I'm talking about the mental part of dealing with this disease. It's something that I think many people don't think about or realize.
People talk about dealing with a diagnosis of cancer or some other chronic illness. But I think sometimes people overlook diabetes as a mental disease.
Diabetes is something that I deal with 24 hours a day. Every day. With no vacations. I can not deal with it, sure. But it's going to deal with me regardless.
I am one of the lucky ones who doesn't remember my life before diabetes. But I still deal with it in a very personal way, every single day. Some days I get down in the mouth because my blood sugars won't level out. Somedays I am thrilled with a lower A1c. Some days I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. But every day it's here.
I think about those of you in the diabetes OC who deal with diabetes having been diagnosed later in life. When you were able to remember life before. And having to change all of your life in order to deal with diabetes.
I think about those of you who are parents of diabetic children, and how much diabetes is a mental disease for you also.
I have been so lucky to be surrounded by people who have supported me when I deal with diabetes on the mental level. It's helped me to deal with the emotional issues that come with the diabetes "package".
Some people may not have that support system in place, or may not know how to use it. So to you, I encourage you to seek help. From a pastor, a friend, or even a professional. Deal with diabetes. Don't let it rule you. You rule it.