Diabetes and your friends

How did you tell your friends that you live with T1D, and when?  How do you enlist your friends as supporters and helpers with your T1D?  How do you explain your T1D to your date?  Do you make any special plans when organizing a date?  Explain any personal stories you have with dating and diabetes.

My motto when it comes to living with T1D is that I control my diabetes; my diabetes does not control me. I am always willing to answer people’s questions whenever they have them.


~~ ​Anonymous ~~

To be honest, I always forget to tell new friends that I have T1D. Because I was diagnosed so long ago, and because the majority of my friends know, I tend to forget. Typically, new friends notice my insulin pump and ask me about it, or ask why my bags are so heavy from all the juice I carry around! I told my boyfriend right away that I have T1D, because I feel it’s an important subject. When we travelled to Australia, I encouraged him to come with me to my endocrinologist appointment so he could learn a bit more about T1D. This reassured him because he was told what to do in an emergency, who to contact in case of an emergency while abroad, and what it’s like travelling with a  person with T1D.


~~ ​Anonymous ~~

I often tell people I have diabetes if they ask what my pump is or when it comes up naturally in conversation. I’m not embarrassed about having diabetes, but I don’t feel that it is something I have to bring up right away with someone I’ve just met. I don’t let diabetes limit OR define me. People are often surprised when they find out; they are amazed that I can lead a normal life with diabetes.  


~~ ​Anonymous ~~

Lets turn type one into type none