How do you cope when presented with a challenge? Do you feel that your ability to "bounce back" after a setback is strong?
A major goal, when dealing with the mental health aspect of diabetes, is to prevent the emotional riptide from pulling you under. The best way to set protection against that happening is to manage, as best you can, in the clinical tasks while putting effort into proactively working against the things that can emotionally destroy a person in such a situation.
Depending on your familiarity with diabetes, you may or may not know that it can be, at times, nothing if not a completely unpredictable factor in daily life. An predictably unpredictable chronic illness, managed with a life-saving medication that can become deadly when delivered in excess...what could go wrong? Seriously though, if you think about all of the many factors that go into the management of type 1 diabetes, it is shockingly empowering to think about how often things go well as opposed to not, when taking it all into consideration.
When I had the opportunity to visit with Scott Benner, father of a preteen daughter with T1D, author of blog Arden's Day, on his Juicebox Podcast, to discuss the menstrual cycle's influence on life with type 1 diabetes, I had to accept. If you have been quietly curious about this topic, I recommend you click the link to pop over onto Arden's Day and take a listen.
The instinct upon diagnosis may be to fold inward, but over time, insulin, education, and a little bit of sunshine creates an environment where we can each bloom and thrive as part of the diabetes community. If you and your family have not found your way to engaging with this unspeakably wonderful group of people fighting the same battle as you, I urge you to take steps to get involved when you are ready.