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Was just diagnosed with #type1 #Diabetes and I am terrified for the future. Looking for some guidance and help. #diabetesproblems #Diabetic

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Pittsburgh, PA
Brian--try not to worry. So many people are living healthy and active lives with t1D (me personally for 28 years and my mom for almost 50 years to name a few :-) ) I would suggest turning to the diabetes online community (DOC) for support. Try typeonenation.com (a social network for t1s) and check out blogs like sixuntilme.com or textingmypancreas.com for starters. Those will lead you to so much more than I can list here. Good luck!

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Portland, OR
Hey Brian, welcome to the DOC! I know that the beginning is pretty frightening, but I promise that it gets easier with time. I found that most of the adjustments that I had to make were just a healthier lifestyle along with insulin. You can still keep your goals and aspirations, so don't stop dreaming. If you need anything among the way, don't hesitate to reach out.

Boston, MA
It is very overwhelming, just take a deep breath and take things one step at a time, it will be ok...I was diagnosed 20 years ago....it gets easier!

Slippery Rock, PA
Brian first and foremost, know that there are so many if us out here living healthy, active, fulfilling lives with our diabetes. I celebrate 45 years of having diabetes next month. And I will celebrate. Just take it one day at a time and realize you may goof up once in a while, just learn from it and move on. Don't beat yourself up over small things. And remember, you are not alone.

Leesburg, VA
Just remember that if you control diabetes then diabetes will never control you!!

It's good to know you're not alone. My best advice is never let any other diabetic make you feel like a "bad diabetic." We're all different.

Roseville, CA
My now 4 1/2 year old was just dx one year ago! It's overwhelming at first but just take it one day at a time and one blood sugar check at a time and keep lots of logs so you know when and how to make changes!! Hugs!

Cicero, IL
Welcome to the club of those that get high(blood sugar) and use needles ; ). Well, not so much the needles anymore thanks to the pump. Aside from the actual 'diabetes control' it's a rollercoaster of emotion, acceptance, understanding and patience for you...and your relationships w others. Some get it...some don't. There's times you'll fall off the 'control' wagon and times you will hang your A1C on the fridge like its the best report card you've ever had. Both are so normal ; ) The most important thing to remember is that diabetes does not define you...if anything it makes you better at math, a walking nutritional bank and a million times tougher than you ever thought you could've been. It sucks at times but theres no reason to live in fear that you cant be the same person or have a normal life. Honestly, I don't think I would have reached the success in life I have had I not had diabetes. Remember, each prick is a reminder we're alive ; )

Siler City, NC
I agree with**** I have lived with diabetes since I was 5 years old, I am now 20. I believe that diabetes is part of me and I couldn't imagine doing what I do without diabetes. There are the ups and downs of having this, but there are so many ways to connect with other people about having it.

Chapel Hill, NC
Welcome to the club. T1D for 15 years here. It gets easier. Feel free to contact me.

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