21 year old needing support

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I'm 21 and have haad diabetes for 18 years now and my blood sugars range from 250-over 600 I try to take care of myself but I often get into the mind set of  "i dont care anymore" and i dont have a support group  who knows what i am feeling and going through. my family ares but they dont REALLY know. I just am looking for people who understand and who I can talk to so i can get otivated to take better care of myself.
Posted about 6 years ago
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Welcome to DiabetesSisters and the Sisterhood!

Where are you located? We have Sisters all over the country and groups that meet monthly to offer support and encouragement.  Let us know!
Posted about 6 years ago
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It's tough.  I'm 27 - I live in new york, I was diagnosed at age 10 in 1995.

What you'll come to realize is that in order to really be happy, is to know your blood sugar and to monitor what you're doing so you're doing the best to have your body be happy on the inside too.  Trust me, NO ONE is perfect that has diabetes.  There's no such person on the planet.  Everyone handles it differently and reacts differently to the environment around them.

The best is to understand how the highs make you feel, and how much better you feel when your blood sugar is where it should be.  You'll be proud of yourself when you achieve it.  I'm talking from experience.  When I met my boyfriend almost 3 years ago, I knew he was the one.  It made me make the shift and really buckle down and get my a1c lower... because at some point, i'm going to want kids.  I'm going to want a life as long as I can to be with him.  I want to stay healthy and happy for us.  In order to have that, I can't be walking around 300 or 400 because chances are i'd be a raging lunatic (I am rather b*tchy when i'm high)... You have to do it for yourself.  And you have to know that it's okay to be high, it's going to happen.  It takes tons of patience and effort, but it can happen.  You can do it.

There's tons of resources online to make friends with diabetics all over the world.  I'll tell you, having best friends with diabetes is not only a perk when I run out of supplies - but they also lend an ear when i'm having a rough 'beetus day - or even throw out a diabetic joke here and there... i mean really, who doesn't love making fun of wilmford brimley every once in a while?

You're young.  This is a tough time to be diabetic, for sure.  Alcohol, parties, etc.  It's all a learning curve - but you're no rookie.

Bravo for reaching out on here.  I'll bet you'll find the tools you need to get yourself going in the right direction - going around that high is not only dangerous for your body, driving, emotions, etc - but it's no way to live.  Give me a shout if you wanna chat.

<3  Kristen

Posted about 6 years ago
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Hi, my name is Katharine. I am 22 and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13. I too have struggled with keeping up with care. For a long time I was doing bare minimum. I found that even just realizing there are others out there struggling too helps. It's also nice to be able to laugh about diabetes I found this site http://type1diabetesmemes.tumblr.com and I think it really helped me to get in a more positive frame of mind and to realize I am not alone.
Posted about 6 years ago