Hey, okay, new to this site, hell new to even openly discussing my issues with diabetes period.
Well I'm 21 and I've been a diabetic for 20 years. Literally I am diabetes sometimes. I can't remember a time when I wasn't counting carbs or staring longingly at a piece of chocolate as one would a long lost lover.
Sometimes I feel defined by it (Hi, I'm Lauren, female, 21, diabetic. That's me), to the point that it's not Lauren the diabetic, it's the diabetic whose name is Lauren. It drives me insane, but I can't stop defining myself as just being a diabetic.
It's been over 20 years since I've been this way, and it's the only life I've ever known, so what I want to know is, does the bitterness of being different ever go away? It's been 20 years and I'm still not completely comfortable in my own skin. Will I ever be?