Looking for people who understand

(Becca) #1

Hello, I’m Becca and I’m 19, I’ve had diabetes since I was 8.
No one in my life truly understands the struggle I’m going through. My mom use to be the one to talk to about everything especially my diabetes but she passed away a little over a year ago, so no one else really understands. I recently started Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to try to help me actually take car of myself again.

ANYWAYS, I would love to finally talk to people around my age that understand the lifestyle I’m stuck with, maybe compare stories and become friends…

(joe) #2

@BeccaG3 hi Becca, sorry about your mom. When my Dad died it left me feeling lost. Glad you are here and almost all of here have T1 so this should help with the understanding diabetes part.

(Dennis J. Dacey, PwD) #3

Becca @BeccaG3 , I’m truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, I know the feeling. I’m not your age - unless I subtract the 60+ years I’ve lived with diabetes - and I don’t live near you but keep looking and posting here and you find several understanding “friends” your age. But I’m available by here.

There are three JDRF Chapters in the Milwaukee area - click the “Near You” search box at the top of the http://www.jdrf.org/ web-page. The June meeting of our JDRF meeting was hosted by members your age and I learned much from their presentation. I was impressed!

(RichardV) #4

Becca, there are type 1 camps and conferences where you can make friends. Many type 1 people have done. The Friends For Life type 1 conference was held in Orlando, FL earlier this month. It is a conference for type 1 people of all ages. There is an excellent opportunity there to make connections with other type 1 people in your age group. It is expensive though, so attending a camp might be better, and more convenient. There are also JDRF chapters throughout the country. There should be a chapter not so far from where you live. (I am assuming that you live in the US.)

(Jenn) #5

Hey Becca! I’m Jenn and I’m 18 - I was diagnosed at 17 but I’ve been through CBT before. I’m very sorry to hear about your mom. I’m here for you if you want to talk!

(Becca) #6

Hey maybe we can talk add me on snapchat @ ayo.becca