Many teens like you deal with diabetes every day. Most of the time,
it’s not a problem. But sometimes, you just want diabetes to go away. Do
- Ask “why me?”
- Think you are the only one who feels sad, mad, alone, afraid, or different?
- Get tired of others teasing you?
- Blame others for your diabetes?
- Feel ashamed?
These feelings are normal.
Everyone feels down some of the time. But do not let diabetes keep you down.
It is ok to ask for help. It is ok to ask for help.
Talk to your family, other teens, a friend, a school counselor, and your
health care team. Write down your feelings.
Tell your school about your diabetes. Give the school a copy of your diabetes care plan.
You can do all the things your friends do!
Do you want to meet other teens who feel like you do?
- Ask your health care team about a support group, or find one online.
- Go to a diabetes camp or weight loss summer camp if you need to lose weight. Some groups have money to help payfor camps.
- Write or email a friend who has diabetes. Ask your parents to help
you find a friend online if you don’t know anyone who has diabetes.
Ever worry that your friends may have wrong ideas about diabetes?
Tell them that:
- You have diabetes.
- No one can catch diabetes from you.
The more people know, the more they understand.
Good friends help each other out. If other teens make fun of you, just walk away.
Start with small changes such as “I will tell my new friend about my
diabetes.” When that is going well, add a new goal such as “I will dance
or bike ride every day after school” or “I will check by blood glucose
Make new goals a bit harder, but not too hard.
Do not say you will never eat a burger or a candy bar. Instead say you will eat only one a week.
Share your goals with your family or friends.
Ask them to help by being more active with you.
Reward yourself by doing something that makes you feel good. Rewards can be anything—not just food.