As weíve said, Real Diabetes is the diabetes you experience every single day Ė the way it makes you feel emotionally as well as physically. Indeed, emotions are as much a part of living with diabetes as blood sugar numbers. Emotions identified by people with
diabetes range from anger, fear and frustration to guilt and denial.
Negative emotions about diabetes are certainly to be expected and are very common. Keep in mind that feelings arenít problems that need to be solved. Your feelings are your feelings.
On the other hand, most of us donít like feeling bad. Feeling negative can be wearing and adds to the stress of diabetes. Negative emotions can also lead to depression or get in the way of doing the things you need to do to care for yourself. Our thoughts influence our feelings, and our feelings influence our behavior. For example, if you view diabetes as a disaster, your feelings and behavior will reflect that belief. If you view as a challenge, your feelings and behavior likewise will reflect that belief. Creating a new way to think about diabetes is one way to change your feelings about it.
Sometimes just acknowledging your feelings can have a positive effect. We invite you to share your feelings and experiences by clicking on
Discussion. You may find the experiences of others to be a helpful guide and your experiences may similarly be valuable to them.
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