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Hey everyone. So I've recently been struggling with depression from diabetes and I've only ever had my endo to speak to, I wish there was individual therapy based around being type1, and that thought led me to reaching out to social media and connecting with others that live with this disease. I had to figure it on my own that nobody was going to reach out and help me unless I help myself first. I'm looking to meet friends to share stories and stresses with, just to have someone to talk to would be nice. Being in the same area would be awesome. I'm happily married with two little girls and one on the way here this coming November so I'm not looking to "date" or develop any connection beyond just platonic friendships. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week, thank you all for being here and continue your own personal growth in better care with type 1.

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Living with type 1 diabetes since 1974.
Queen Creek, AZ
If you need someone to talk to you can hit me up anytime. I drive all day but will get back to you ASAP.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1992.
Oviedo, FL
Reaching out can be great, so feel free to ask or vent about anything. I quickly found some great blogs and pod casts about type 1 that helped me realize there are so many other people with the exact same challenges I have.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1992.
Oviedo, FL
When I say "quickly" that refers to once I started looking. I had Diabetes for 19 years before I found these resources.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Layton, UT
Yeah, I've been in this for 14 years and I've just recently realized that I need to get out and search for connections and peers that can empathize with what I'm living and see what friendships or tips I can pick up.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
Unknown Location
Hey. You can reach out to me at anytime. I mean, I'm a kid so you prob don't want to talk to me but I am here for you. We all are. Your doing the best you can and all of us out here to help your best be better! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Layton, UT
Insight is insight. When dealing with type 1, no matter what age, any support and understanding goes a long way in both directions. You're a cool kid bro, we've chatted a few times and you carry yourself well and always present a positive view. That is powerful.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
Unknown Location
Thanks man. πŸ€™πŸ½πŸ€™πŸ½

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1970.
Fountain Valley, CA
I would be happy to talk to you by phone. I'm new to HelpAround and don't know if we can private message. I'm on Facebook under****Barton-Roberson if you would like to message me. I'm married with no kids. Support is vital with this 24/7 disease. I've been type 1 for 47 years. Best,****

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1992.
Oviedo, FL
47 years! Way to go!

Baldwin Park, CA
Hello, I'm sorry to hear that you are having some depression from your diabetes. If it's because your worried that you've been diagnosed with a life changing disease, then let me try to ease your worries. I'll be 55 years old in October. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile diabetes in ####. I've been living with it 'NO" strike that, it's been living with me for over 43 years now. My strongest advice to you is that this is one disease that you can control and not let it control you. Does it take some lifestyle changes? "YES". But these are changes that after a short while will become second nature and you won't even think or worry about them. The first thing you need to do is educate yourself on the different thing that are associated with Type 1. Learn about the effects on Insulin and your body, What it is, how it works. A lot of diabetics don't understand the finer impacts on what they can do to limit a lot worry and unnecessary grief that this can cause down the road. This is a disease that you can live a very healthy and worry free life with for many many years or you can neglect it or it will sneak up on you and cause a lot of damage. Here is a link to a very good article on insulin and how it works in the body: http://www.eattoperform.com/####/05/10/myth-insulin-makes-you-hungry/ My second and biggest recommendation to you is to talk to your endo and get yourself on a insulin pump and CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) system. When I was first diagnosed in #### the size of pumps was almost the size of a small shoe box and I said "NO". I couldn't imagine myself going outside and trying to play carrying a purse around to hold this thing. I stuck to daily injections (only once a day) taking "Regular" (shorter acting) and "NPH" (Longer Acting) and trying to stick to a strict diet. Which for a young boy was virtually impossible. Also this was a time before Test strips to check your sugar levels, I had to use "Clinitest" system here's a link to what it looked like: https://loricruit.com/####/07/08/being-a-type-1-diabetic-in-the-####s/ Also the only diet drink was "Tab" and the only sweetener was "Sweet n Low". There is a silver lining to you being diagnosed in #### and that is the advances in medicine and the equipment to combat it are light years ahead of what I grew up with. Trust me when I say this "I would change places with you in a heartbeat". Here is another option I've been looking into that is becoming more advanced it's called "Islet cell Transplantation" you should look into it also. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/insulin-medicines-treatments/pancreatic-islet-transplantation Feel free to reach out and I'll try to answer any questions you have. Just remember "you have the control" but it's up to you to use it. Take care.

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