Here's what one teen posted on the Joslin Discussion Boards: "Everyone hesitates in telling others they have diabetes at one time or another.
But you shouldn't let diabetes stop you from doing anything.
When you have diabetes, it can feel like your daily to-do list is endless. "When you have a chronic illness, everybody wants a day off from that, or a week or a month off," says David Spero, RN, author of Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis. So how do you avoid diabetes burnout and keep a positive mindset?
You're tracking your blood sugars, medications, diet, and exercise.
At some point, most kids and teens tell their friends that they have diabetes.
If your friends do not know that you have diabetes, they will probably find out sooner or later.
You will probably need to check your blood sugar in front of them or maybe even take insulin.
Also, you may want to tell your friends some of the signs and symptoms of a low blood sugar and what they can do to help if you are having a low blood sugar.Some teens start by just telling a few close friends, but tell them about your diabetes in your own way and when you are ready.Eventually, most teens tell the person they are dating that they have diabetes.But your girlfriend should know because if you are going to be with her, she should know some of the warning signs in case you go low.Tell your girlfriend just like you told your friends, and your relatives. Wouldn't it be great to meet people who understand . I'm not sure it happened in the " olden days", so with the population explosion one would imagine it would be easier, yet that is not so.