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Sometimes you DO need to let diabetes take control of you

Author: Rachael Marshall's story | Posted: 19 June 2015

By Rachael Marshall

Many of us love saying the words ‘I control diabetes. It doesn’t control me.’ But this week, I’ve been letting diabetes take control – and I think it’s a good thing.

I’m Rachael, I’m 15 and I’ve had type 1 diabetes for two years now. Yes, that means I’m fairly new to the business and the emotions and inner battles that come with T1!blog_rachaelmarshall

Fairly early on though I figured out that life is a roller-coaster in more ways than just your blood glucose readings.

So the time has come again, its Diabetes Week! Let’s signal this as the start of the diabetes calendar, much like the end of the school year or the financial year but for us diabetics. This means we need some reviews and reforms looking back over our last year and into our future. The ‘theme’ this year from Diabetes UK is #DiabetesAndMe, so, fellow diabetics, think about you this last year and ask yourself some questions.

  • How have you felt?
  • What have you done to make your diabetes self-management the best it can be?
  • What emotions have you felt towards diabetes?
  • What support have you got?
  • What have you done to tell people about diabetes?

Think about how it affects you in every way and find solutions to your problems.

Take this week as a week where you let diabetes take control – not completely (we all know who really holds the reins) but just enough so that you focus some of your thoughts on it.

These thoughts don’t have to be what your BG is or when you need to change your cannula, they can be about what you or the people around you can do to raise awareness of diabetes. Whether that’s in your local community or on a larger scale it all helps!

So educate and shout out this week, share your tips and tricks of the trade with other diabetics, or show a non-diabetic your life and how you manage.

Wear something blue or pack in the bad habits (no matter how small).

Use this as a time to sort out you, focus on diabetes because although you deal with it day in day out and it manages to poke its way into your life constantly; is it really anything other than autopilot now?

And don’t forget to use #diabetesandme or #diabetesweek when you post on social media.

Thank you for reading!

Rachael Xx