Getting Along With Diabetes, While Getting On With Life

Living with DiabetesWhether it is you or a loved one who has diabetes, it is a fact that your whole family has to recognize and accept. Then you have to get on with the rest of your life, and make the most of it.

That is putting the point bluntly, and the initial news that you have diabetes can leave you feeling pretty vulnerable and distressed. However, over time, the negative feelings will fade, as you learn to cope with everyday life, and get the hang of your ‘new life’.

Diabetes can affect just about every aspect of your life, from driving your car, to your love life. Some of the problems caused by diabetes are complicated and you may need to seek medical advice. In most areas though, making simple changes will mean your life can still be full of rewarding experiences.

Preparation is often the solution to many of the challenges that diabetes presents. For instance, we would all hate to miss out on holidays and vacations, but diabetics can and do travel to all parts of the world. Before you travel abroad on holiday though, be sure to take out sufficient travel insurance and make sure your travel agent is a member of ATOL. This is sound enough advice for most people, but is particularly important for those with diabetes. One thing to remember if you need to take insulin onto the plane with you is that you will need a doctor’s letter explaining why you need it. This is due to the higher levels of security now in place at airports.

You may well have been advised, as a diabetic to increase your physical exercise, and possibly take up a new hobby that involves some physical effort. Rather than forcing yourself to trudge through the streets in the rain and snow, perhaps you can take up an activity that will fire your enthusiasm, making it much easier to put in the effort. Some of us only need to see a ball and we feel the urge to run around bouncing it, throwing it, kicking it, whatever. Others may need something more cerebral to ignite their spark and get them moving. Orienteering, for example, combines map-reading with strategy and running and is available on a casual basis in many locations, or you can join a club to get additional support and encouragement. The same is true of many sports and outdoor hobbies. It is just a question of finding the right one for you.

When it comes to finding work, your employer may well have concerns about your ability to carry out your duties with diabetes. Different jobs will mean different things need to be considered, but what can you do to reassure your boss? Being open with them will give them the confidence of knowing that they can trust you not to put yourself, anyone else, or the business at risk. Show them how you control your diabetes, how organized you are at it, and they should see things your way.

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