Teen Topic #51:  Do you feel like you’ve missed out on any opportunities because of diabetes, or because you felt diabetes might get in the way?

 

Jordan (age 18)
I do not feel like I have missed out on anything.  Diabetes is only an obstacle if you make it one.

Skylyn (age 16)
There have been times when I haven’t done or participated in certain activities because I thought my diabetes may be a bother or was not sure how I would manage my diabetes in those circumstances. An example is sleepovers. I usually do not go to sleepovers at friends’ houses. I am a little nervous that I may go low during the night however when I’m low I do wake up so it shouldn’t be a problem but it’s just a little worry I guess. 

Lexi (age 15)
Diabetes never gets in the way. I’ve never had to miss out on something because of my diabetes. The first few months or so of being diabetic I always got small proportions of food because we felt the need to measure everything and make sure, but now I just take what I want and guess the carbs.

Laura (age 16)
Yes, I have. I feel like diabetes is constantly weighing me down and keeping me from enjoying things that I shouldn’t have to worry about as a kid, like eating too much pizza or playing out in the sun for a long time. (Heat makes my sugar drop extremely fast.) Having these problems makes me more apt to stray away from things I might really enjoy in fear that it will affect me negatively because of diabetes.

Claire (age 17)
I do feel that way on occasion, however the feeling goes away rather quickly, as I don’t necessarily care what I’ve missed out on as a diabetic. I know deep down that the other “normal” kids are missing out on an amazing learning experience that diabetes brings into my life. Now, I definitely don’t wish diabetes on anyone, but I must say, that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this disease I’ve been living with for going on 11 years now.

Andrew (age 14)
There are certain opportunities that I’ve missed out on because of my diabetes, for example my school had an optional trip to Utah that I wanted to go on, but I couldn’t go because I would be out in the wilderness with no cell reception, away from home and it wasn’t safe in case I went low. There are also summer camps that I’d like to go to, but can’t because it’d be a safety hazard and a liability to the camp for me to go.

Jessica (age 20)
Sometimes I feel as though diabetes can debilitate me and what I want to do in the moment, but never do I feel as though it gets in the way of my life or future goals. Sometimes I can’t go for a run or take an exam because of my blood sugars or not feeling well, which is frustrating and upsetting in the moment. Nonetheless, it has not stopped me from working towards my goals every day. In fact, I feel as though having T1D has given me opportunities and experience that I would never have gotten otherwise. I have a great support system and friends, as well as being an advocate and on television because of diabetes. All of which I would never have if not for being diagnosed.

Ashley C. (age 14)
Type 1 has only gotten in the way of activities on a temporary basis such as having to sit out during a practice to fix a low. Other than that we figure out a way to make things work.
Erin (age 17)
I’ve felt like I have had more advantages school wise vs not. But yes, diabetes gets in the way of hanging out with friends and theatre sometimes

Maggie (age 16)
When I was younger yes I did feel like I missed out on opportunities but now as I get older there really isn’t anything I can’t do. Diabetes can get in the way at some points in your life but honestly it won’t unless you let it get in the way. If you understand your symptoms and your body then you can control it and not allow diabetes to take over your whole life.

Annelies (age 15)
Yes, I do feel like I’ve missed out on opportunities due to diabetes. For example, I was supposed to be a starter for a soccer game, but my blood sugar was low and I had to sit out. Whenever diabetes gets in the way, it’s hard to remember sometimes that diabetes is only one part of me and I’ll get past it and be able to start in another game, or whatever it is I’m doing. But in the end, I know that it’s only an obstacle and it’s not the end of the world.

Nick (age 19)
I haven’t missed out on anything, but I have had to second guess myself. Particularly extended camping trips away from home. I have to check and re check that I’ve packed everything I need.

Ian (age 13)
Not at the moment. I am SEVERELY disappointed by the fact that I can only drink in minimalistic proportions. (I don’t wish to be alcoholic, but I did want to not have to worry about having more than one glass of wine or fret over the occasional flute of champagne) (This is of course, after my 21st birthday)
Cameron (age 17)
No, not really. The only bad thing about going places is always planning it around diabetes (like bringing supplies and making sure I don’t run out of things), but it’s not too bad if you do it well enough in advance. 

Ashley B. (age 15)
I don’t think that diabetes limits me on anything opportunity wise. However, there was this time that I was on a trip with my robotics team in another state (Woo, nationals!)  and we stopped at some sporting store where they were selling fudge, but I couldn’t have it because my pump site failed and I was over 300. That’s probably it.

Mercedes (age 16)
I do not feel like my diabetes keeps me from doing anything. I am just like everyone else in the world, but I just have to do a little extra to stay healthy.
Julia (age 14)
I’ve never thought diabetes to be a disadvantage in my life. I still do all the same things like my sports or music that I did before diagnosis. I don’t think that it can stop anybody if they really love it and are determined.

 

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