Hi, I’m 15 years old as of April and I was diagnosed with T1D on Thanksgiving of last year. My mom was in Wisconsin for the past week because my grandpa died two days earlier, so my dad, sister, and I were driving out there that Thursday of Thanksgiving. I hadn’t been feeling right for a long time, close to 6 months, and was misdiagnosed with asthma and a concussion so I was benched from cheer for 4 months. My dad also has T1D so when he was trapped in a car with me for 14 hours and we were stopping twice an hour for me to go to the bathroom he realized something was up. We got to Wisconsin really late that night and nothing had changed about my condition so he took his meter out, had me check my blood, and it was too high to read. So long story short I was admitted into the hospital at 12:04am.
Once my friends found out that I was in the hospital it was easy to find my real friends. A lot of people judged me about it and decided that they were better off without a diabetic friend. I don’t really mind now that they aren’t my friends anymore because if they aren’t willing to accept me for that then they aren’t true friends, but that experience felt terrible. I now am scared to tell anyone I meet that I have diabetes because I don’t want them to judge me about it.
I’m sorry if anyone who reads this feels like I am being over dramatic in any way that is not my intention but it really is hard for me to talk about my diabetes. Does anyone have and tips to get over that barrier of telling people?