The following Questions are taken from the DSMA Tweet Chat
Q1. What situations contribute to you feeling guilty about your diabetes self care? Nothing really makes me feel guilty about my care, other then at times wish I had more funds open to be to be able to afford all the care that I do need instead of streaching things out as long as possible.
Q2. Can visits to your HCPs (Health Care Professionals) contribute to the feelings of guilt as it pertains to diabetes self care? No seeing my doc’s don’t make me feel guilty they help as they are able to do so, but they don’t have the necessary scripts on hand most of the time so can’t fault them on that.
Q3. In what ways, if any, are you guilty of perpetuating stereotypes about the types of diabetes? I don’t really know, I tend to down play the seriousness of things about having D mostly because one to many people I’ve been in contact with already have issues with D to start with (as in most think if you are on insulin then you have to be T1 and not T2).
Q4. How have you been able to turn any negative feelings about D, such as guilt, denial, blame, shame, into positives? Can’t say that I’ve turned any negatives into positives then again I’ve no had any real negative feelings about D in general (only neg is the lack of ability to keep work once they learn I have it and so far I’ve not been able to get past that side of things, which is most frustrating to say the least).
Q5. How can we work together as a community to keep the guilt associated with diabetes from messing with our mental health? I don’t know because I don’t really worry about D itself I just try to go with the flow as best possible and not let things get me down that I can’t control.