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Newbie here,diagnosed with type 1!

Chesc89

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi there,
After having gestational diabetes with my 2 pregnancies,I have been having blood tests every year since just to make sure everything is ok.And up until my blood test this year everything was ok.After my blood test this year I got told it come back far too high and so my diabetes journey began.
So I was told I could be type 1 or type 2 back in February(it was a massive shock!),so I started all the medication as if I was type 1 for now. And in April I had all the necessary tests done to check if I was T1 or T2,and in June I got the phone call telling me it was T1! It was such a strange feeling of lots of emotions.And even now months in,I feel like it's taking me ages to get used to everything(is that normal!?), I have my good days then I get days where I just say to myself 'why me and what did I do wrong'. I'm grateful to have found this group.
 

freesia

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi and welcome to the forum. I think its normal to feel lots of different emotions, i know i did. I ranged from relief of knowing why i'd lost so much weight, anger at "why me", guilt at feeling that when so many others were worse off than me and so many more emotions. I found this forum and lurked for a while before daring to post anything but the support i have found here has been really positive, helpful and friendly.

It takes time to find your new "normal" and thats ok. You will find which foods affect your levels more than others, whether you need less insulin or more carbs for exercise and a whole host of other things. This forum is here for the good days and bad, to celebrate and to vent your feelings over D. There is always someone who has had a similar problem or who can point you in the right direction to find out or get answers. Don't be afraid to ask questions, however silly you think they may seem (i know i still do 3 years after diagnosis).
 

nonethewiser

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Good days bad days normal at start of diabetes journey, its all one big learning curve & you never stop learning as with everything in life, things will get better in time so be patient my friend.
 

Chesc89

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi and welcome to the forum. I think its normal to feel lots of different emotions, i know i did. I ranged from relief of knowing why i'd lost so much weight, anger at "why me", guilt at feeling that when so many others were worse off than me and so many more emotions. I found this forum and lurked for a while before daring to post anything but the support i have found here has been really positive, helpful and friendly.

It takes time to find your new "normal" and thats ok. You will find which foods affect your levels more than others, whether you need less insulin or more carbs for exercise and a whole host of other things. This forum is here for the good days and bad, to celebrate and to vent your feelings over D. There is always someone who has had a similar problem or who can point you in the right direction to find out or get answers. Don't be afraid to ask questions, however silly you think they may seem (i know i still do 3 years after diagnosis).
Thank you for your reply,it makes me feel a bit better when you here someone else saying that they felt the same way as you. It's all a learning curve and its nice to hear other people's feelings on this.
 

Chesc89

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Good days bad days normal at start of diabetes journey, its all one big learning curve & you never stop learning as with everything in life, things will get better in time so be patient my friend.
Thank you for your reply,and you are right it will take time to get used to everything but it can be so hard at times.Its nice to be on here and reading about everyone else's experiences.
 

trophywench

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Anyone who is T1 and doesn't feel the way you do, is most likely a fibber ! That is my considered opinion, and I have had enough time to consider it.

It does get better - honest. Simply - takes it's own time - over which you once again have no control - except to do your best with the tools you now have, to control your blood glucose.
 

SB2015

Forum Host
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Welcome to the forum @Chesc89 . So pleased that you have found us.

Being diagnosed with T1 is a roller coaster at the start, as are the glucose levels for many. There is a lot to learn very quickly. The best analogy I was given is that it is like learning to drive. It seems very complicated at the start and then a lot of it becomes automatic.

Emotions will be all over the place as you gradually come to terms with your new ‘normal’, and it definitely does get easier. Whatever questions you have fire away. Nothing is considered silly on here and there is a wealth of experience to tap into.
 

nonethewiser

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Thank you for your reply,and you are right it will take time to get used to everything but it can be so hard at times.Its nice to be on here and reading about everyone else's experiences.

Fair to say we've all been there. Good luck.
 

Chesc89

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Anyone who is T1 and doesn't feel the way you do, is most likely a fibber ! That is my considered opinion, and I have had enough time to consider it.

It does get better - honest. Simply - takes it's own time - over which you once again have no control - except to do your best with the tools you now have, to control your blood glucose.
Thank you for your reply,and you are right it will take time to get used to a lot of things.I am trying my best to manage it but some days are hard.
 

Chesc89

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Welcome to the forum @Chesc89 . So pleased that you have found us.

Being diagnosed with T1 is a roller coaster at the start, as are the glucose levels for many. There is a lot to learn very quickly. The best analogy I was given is that it is like learning to drive. It seems very complicated at the start and then a lot of it becomes automatic.

Emotions will be all over the place as you gradually come to terms with your new ‘normal’, and it definitely does get easier. Whatever questions you have fire away. Nothing is considered silly on here and there is a wealth of experience to tap into.
Thank you for your reply,I like your way of thinking about it and your right it is like learning to drive all over again! It makes me feel a bit better hearing you say ask anything because sometimes you do feel like the questions you have to ask are silly ones!
 

trophywench

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
That's where you're wrong!! There is no such thing as a silly question on this forum!!

Seriously - if you don't know the answer to something (even if you 'just wondered what might happen if ...') - ASK. We'd rather explain something much more than once or twice than leave anyone baffled and feeling lost.
 

SB2015

Forum Host
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Thank you for your reply,I like your way of thinking about it and your right it is like learning to drive all over again! It makes me feel a bit better hearing you say ask anything because sometimes you do feel like the questions you have to ask are silly ones!
Just ask. No one will mind.
 

everydayupsanddowns

Administrator
Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Welcome to the forum @Chesc89

Must have been quite unsettling having had that uncertainty over type to begin with (though there are many on the forum who have switched ‘camps’ over the years at various points along their diabetes road).

You might find it helpful to delve into the Diabetes UK ‘learning zone’ (highlighted link in the main menu) which has lots of modules that you can gradually work through.

Alternatively two books on T1 which are highly regarded on the forum are

Type 1 Diabetes in Children Adolescents and Young People by Ragnar Hanas - suitable for people of all ages!

and

Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner - A practical guide to managing diabetes with insulin

And yes… things will definitely get easier. Ask away with those questions! Or simply rant, vent, and let off steam. Folks here will instinctively ‘get it’. :)
 
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