The Struggle of Diabetes

I am a 16 year old junior, and I have been diagnosed for 11 almost 12 years. I struggle with managing my diabetes. I’m just ‘burned out’, I guess. I have just stopped trying this past year. I don’t check my sugar as much, or give insulin as much as I should. Another problem that I struggle with is my weight issues. It is hard to lose weight, and I starved myself. I knew that it wasn’t healthy, and I was never hosiptialized, it never got that far.I still do not eat much. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and I feel like some/most of it is because of my diabetes. People used to make fun of me, and it was horrible. I guess I just need advice with any of the problems that I have listed? and I needed to vent a bit.

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I deal with the same exact thing as you do. Do you still deal with these problems now?

I deal with this sameness exact problem and I hope we both get help along the way of this.

Try meditation to clear your mind. Ignore the worthless lowlifes that tease you. Don’t be afraid to show the world who you truly are. NEVER GIVE UP


@katherineparker hi Katherine,

I know when I was struggling with depression it was of exhaustion. I would feel so tired I couldn’t move, and it felt like I couldn’t take care of myself. The truth for me was, once I stopped fighting myself and addressed the issue, I had more time and energy to take better care of myself.

So I guess the bigger question is how do you feel when you don’t take enough insulin and don’t test as much? Do you feel numb or do you feel anxiety over possible injuring yourself? I know for me the anxiety eventually helped me change.

You can’t “snap out” of depression. I hope you have access to a therapist or other help. If you want to reach out please keep talking, please tell us about those feelings. Many of us have been there before…

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Hi! I have been struggling with the same thing for the last couple of years. I have only had T1 for 6 years and I was fine the first 3 years but became extremely depressed. I stopped eating as much as I should, I started skipping injections, and felt overwhelmed by everything. I still get those feelings but I’m starting to try to find ways to overcome the depression. I have started talking openly about my struggles to my family which has helped alot. I used to never talk to anyone about what I was going through which made me feel very lonely. I also started exercising every night after dinner and I started cooking new recipes especially low carb desserts. When I’m feeling really down, I look up T1 diabetes memes for some humor.

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Thank you for sharing, I feel the exact way you do and I will try and do what you are doing

Thank you for sharing. I am slowly trying to better myself

Hey guys, don’t feel alone! I’m much older than you, but I get the same things too! I don’t get the teasing at school, but I remember it. It sucks bad. But if you just say forget them and go on it helps. Part of it is they don’t understand what your going thru. Heck we barely know what’s going on! Much less trying to explain it to somebody else!
Being older, I was supposed to understand more and keep going and be the dad an all that. But the one thing that helped me was learning to ask for help. I’m old , stubborn and set in my ways. I hadn’t needed help with anything for years!! But I was way wrong. I needed help. I just had to learn how to ask for it. Man that was and still is tough!! I hate doing it, I don’t want to do it! Heck I’d rather go to the dentist than ask for help.
But, here’s the thing. Once I started asking for help, when I needed it. My family did help when and where they can. But some of this stuff was on me and me alone. I had to suck it up and keep doing because they depended on me too!
Hang in there, it’ll work out. Slowly, but it will work out.
Hope my perspective helps you to get there easier!


Hi Katherine, I see this is a dormant thread but I just joined this forum and hope things are getting better for you. I’m in my early thirties but have been T1D since I was in kindergarten and while my memory isn’t as good as it used to be, I remember a lot of the same feelings you encountered. My only advice would be is to not give up on taking care of yourself. I barely tested my BG once I went to college (like, once or twice a week if that) because I believed I could tell what my BG was by how I felt. And while I never went to the hospital for extreme highs/lows/ketoacidosis in college, those bad habits caught up to me when I was 29 and a week after I got married, I had to get eye surgery due to diabetic retinapathy. I now have a Medtronic 670G with the Guardian CGM which has forced me into better habits, as annoying as testing constantly may be, I do feel better overall. So please try and take care of yourself while you can still form those habits! I also understand depression and anxiety (too well), so if you’re able to, keep reaching out to the forum. Because not many other people out in the world can relate to what you’re going through, despite their good intentions! Hope you’re doing OK, hang in there.