I was Just Diagnosed! Any advice?

hi, my name is natalie. this past cinco de mayo i went to the docters to check if i had a sinus infection caz i had a bad nose bleed the previous monday. a long story short my doc said i had to go to our lady of lourdes hospital to get tested for diabetes. i didnt no what to think nd i cried my eyes out. i then had to get transported to cooper hospital nd i do have type 1. i came home that friday nd its very hard upsetting nd stressful. lots of times i cant do the  blood sugar test right caz i either cant get enough blood out nd i keep having to do it on several different fingers. i get very overwhelmed nd upset about that caz i no that i am not doin it right some how, it makes me so upset. i just feel like chucking everything i use like the insuline nd meter at the wall nd saying "im done, i cant do this any more" but i no i can nd that its ok but it just doesnt feel like it. any advice any one? <3 ~nat

I know its hard but keep up the good work. It will become second nature and easier if you don't fight it. Hopefully there will be advancements and even a cure before long that will make your life easier and more "normal". But, remember no one is really as normal as they seem. Everyone has their issues. Good luck.

thanx i needed that, did u get my friend request yet?

Aww, hang in there. It does get alot easier. There's still rough times but for the most part it just becomes part of life. Stay strong. :)

thanx again....wat things do u like to do?

Lot's of things...softball, basketball, dance, drawing, reading, listening to music, you?

hey!! i no its hard, and you probably hate it when the doctors and everyone say "its gonna get better" , well I hated that, because they don't know they're not diabetic! i've only had diabetes for 1 year, and from my personal expierence, it doesn't get better right away, but slowly it will progressively get better. just remember it can't possibly be any worse. the first like 4 months (give or take) is the absolute hardest time. so hang in there! my advice would be to stay connected to this site, or stay in touch with other diabetics if you know anyone, because it is truely the best feeling to know you're not alone.


I was diagnosed not to long ago also.  I totally felt the same way, but after a while it goes away and its just everyday stuff.  My motivation for having good numbers was my insulin pump.  Usually after 6 months you can get one, and for me, that sounded like forever, but its not that long and the wait is 100% worth it.  Stick with it. :)

thanx for the comment yea i kinda now learned to accept it caz it was hard nd overwhelming at first but now its ok soo yea sometimes im ok through out the day i 4get sometimes i have type 1 caz im just the same as i ever was! i no its kinda funny LOL!! <3 ~nat

Hi, my name is Alex and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on May 18, 2009. It has been a tough ride from the start! I would have never thought I would learn so much on this subject. Earlier in my life, I could never imagine what it would be like to stick yourself with needles every day for the rest of your life – but that soon became reality. It all started with a simple visit to the pediatrician. On the way to the pediatrician, I told my Dad how hospitals made me scared – especially when people have needles in their arm and wires all over their bodies not knowing I would soon be in that same situation. The doctor immediately sent me to the closest emergency room and ordered for me to get emitted right away.

The first few days on Insulin Shot Therapy felt like a first few years. To tell you honestly – it sucked! Before each meal, I would be required to count my carbs and do some funky math equation to figure out how much insulin to give myself. The nurses, doctors, and child life specialists at the hospital provided continued support to me – it made me feel much better. I wasn’t able to do my own shots until my release from the hospital, but it got better as time went on.

The hospital can be a stressful place for both the kids and the parents. The important thing to remember is that you or your child is there to get better. When you are released, you should be as good as new – in most cases. For me, I felt better already when it was time to get released. It really helps just thinking positively and I guarantee it makes time go quicker.

When you first get home to diabetes, it is very challenging. Kids first times can be stressful and cause an instant attitude change – from happy to mad. Some days a child may wake up and feel like diabetes sucks and they won’t want to do any of their shots. I say, allow for it – I know I have some of those days.

Well, at the time I am writing this article I am exactly 25 days into my life-long chronic disease. Things have been pretty good lately: doing all my own shots, on time with all my Lantus, and living life good! One day I believe there will be a cure that will cure not only diabetes but many other diseases such as cancer. We can help find a cure by donating to great foundations such as JDRF (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the American Diabetes Association. Both have great opportunities such as walks and rides “for a cure.”

Many mistakes can be made with this disease. One thing many people make the mistake of is thinking everything should be perfect. One thing – it won’t! My daytime blood sugar goal is 150. Only once have I gotten it right on 150. Another mistake people make is thinking insulin “covers” for all the “sweets” eaten. Insulin is a hormone created by beta cells in the body allowing glucose to travel throughout the body to create energy. Even though type 1 diabetics take insulin, it “covers” for the carbs eaten. It does NOT make up for sweets eaten. Type 1 diabetics take insulin because for some reason, their beta cells get destroyed – the bodies antibodies will kill the cells thinking they are some type of foreign figure.

The first post-hospital meeting came along a week after my release. Don’t be surprised if the first few weeks, even months your formulas and carb ratios are changing. It is perfectly normal. Every week for a while, I have to send in my blood sugar chart so the nurses can evaluate my formulas. Lantus can also be changed depending on your circumstance. Anyway, the first meeting is very important as it could and will answer any “at home” first impression questions. Many questions you may not even thought of before usually arise at these meetings. It is important to have every supporter there, so all questions can get answered and provides more ease when at home.

Once you leave the hospital, you will be assigned a “diabetes team” usually containing of some Endocrinologists, Nurses, and Nutritionists. Most if not all will meet with you during your meetings. Nutritionists play a vital role in developing a healthy meal plan to suit you best. It is important to take advice from them as you will benefit from support. In conclusion, first getting diagnosed is hard and challenging, but you WILL get through it. Life is Good!

Hey! I just joined this sit e and I was reading some of the comments. It is really inspiring to see other teens with type 1 diabetes. I've been a diabetic for six years now and it has really become a part of my life.  You're absolutely right, it does get better as you grow more mature and experienced in handling the disease in real life situations. Every little time something isn't quite right or you wish you were more prepared, helps you learn to prevent that situation next time.

I always need to look at it positively, and remember that I am blessed to only have diabetes when there are so many other more life-threatening illnesses, and ones that can more drastically separate you from being able to do normal things. Diabetes gives me the opportunity to reach out to others who can relate and help them to not feel alone, like you said.


I promise you it gets easyier. Iv had diabeties for 4 years now and yea you go through good and bad times but they will never get as bad as wen u were fist diagnosed. I was diagnosed when I was 8 and its always a ruff start but then u get into the routine of things and it just becomes a normal life style. I promise it will get easyier!! Just hang in there!!

thanx its actually been a month now all ready nd it has gotten easier nd now i have the pen 2!!

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I was diagnosed not to long ago also.  I totally felt the same way, but after a while it goes away and its just everyday stuff.  My motivation for having good numbers was my insulin pump.  Usually after 6 months you can get one, and for me, that sounded like forever, but its not that long and the wait is 100% worth it.  Stick with it. :)



my goodness i have had diabetes for 11 years and i had to wait almost 5 years after my dxd to get a pump but after awhile all of you newbies will get used to it. It doesnt really bother me anymore i dont care what people think about me and my friends make a point that no one makes fun of me!!