Living with Diabetes: The struggle, the compromises, the journey

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Diabetes is a medical condition whereby a person has high levels of glucose or sugars in their blood stream. In this case, it is either of two things. Firstly, the person could be producing insufficient insulin to help regulate the blood sugar levels or secondly, the person’s body is unable to process the excess glucose been stored up in the body.

The above mentioned is also called Diabetes Mellitus and it is of 2 types. Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high. It happens when your body cannot produce enough of a hormone called insulin which controls blood glucose., while type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood to become higher than normal. It can be serious if not looked after but it is very treatable and for some people can be prevented or delayed. A person in this condition is called a Diabetic.

Living with Diabetes.

Living with a medical condition that happens to have no cure can be real challenging trust me as yours truly has it too. Yes, I am a diabetic. Considering how practical the circumstances of living with diabetes can be, I decided to make this write up very personal. Theories and research papers give a fair knowledge as to what living with this condition entails. However, for you to connect and fully grasp this concept, whether you are diabetic or not, I decided to conduct an interview with someone who is living with it too.

I know Frank (surname withheld) from a support group I joined. As such, as soon as the thought for this topic cropped up, I contacted him for an interview. Frank is 27 years of age at the moment, and he has been living with diabetes for 5 years now. I thank him so much for volunteering and with his consent I share his experience publicly via this platform.

My interview with Mr. Frank on how he manages his diabetic condition.

Amazingly, I enjoyed interviewing Frank, because he seemed really jovial and at peace with his condition. In my opinion, that already makes him a winner.

Below is an audio file of the full interview. I hope it gives someone out there the much needed hope and courage to keep fighting and celebrating his or her little victories of staying the path towards healthy living and embracing your condition.

In summary, he mentioned how he struggled at first when he found out, but later got hold of the situation. Furthermore, he reiterated on the basic modalities surrounding living with diabetes, like exercises, support, discipline, etc.

In Frank’s soothing words “it’s not the end of the world, it will work out”. Cheers!!!

1 Comment

  1. From a Family that has diabetic people myself,i know the struggles and pain that come with living with diabetes.You all are strong people.Cheers

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