I bet you still remember that moment your whole world changed by hearing those 3 words… “You have diabetes”. The moment coupled with feelings of shock, rage, anger, sadness, or fright, and the brain has so many questions …
What did I do?
What does this mean?
Do I have to take needles?
Will it go away?
It’s there in the mix of emotions and uncertainty… your diabetes journey began.
Everyone receives and processes the diagnosis differently as there is no wrong or right way to do it. If the above wasn’t you, maybe you had a sense of relief to know why you felt so unwell? But either way, there has been a loss of your former healthy self, and with loss comes grief.
Grief is normal. It’s an emotional process we go through to make sense of the world before us. We all do it differently, and may cycle back and forth between different stages of grief. However each stage can influence our behaviour and our ability to manage diabetes. Sometimes we don’t even realise that grief is still influencing our life as it can go on for many years. So…
What are the stages of grief?
The 5 stages of grief and the affect they can have on you and diabetes management include:
…So, where are you?
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