Intellectualizing Diabetes

Realization: I cope with type 1 diabetes by intellectualizing it. I still cannot look at diabetes as a mere disease. It has to be something “more”…


I often reflect upon diabetes in a philosophical manner.

I often explore the psychological impact that diabetes has had on me.

I imagine that diabetes is an opponent, and try to out-strategize it.

At other times, I see it as being pertinent to my vocation.

Having realized this, I delved into my past.

Having delved into my past, I came to noticed this: when I interpret diabetes as something mundane, my focus tends to shift elsewhere.

I have discerned a pattern.

I only decide to dissipate mental energy thinking about diabetes when I recognize that it has a  “greater significance.”

All signs point in one direction. Thankfully, I am content with the destination.

Focusing predominantly upon the everyday realities of type 1 diabetes does me harm. Having realized this, I can now adapt in a more mindful manner.


To exist is to change; to live is to adapt.

At diagnosis, we were thrown into a new reality. More or less skillfully, we all adapt – each in our own way.

How does this apply to you?

4 thoughts on “Intellectualizing Diabetes”

  1. I feel like I can relate to this a lot. At age thirteen, when I was first diagnosed, I spent a very long time in denial, and stressed myself out over it. (Not to mention stressing over what in the hell I did wrong to “deserve” it,) Twelve years later, I look back now, and see how easily I have been able to adapt to this new way of living… I too have both ADHD and type one, so for me, because my ADHD makes it hard for me to organize myself, it also makes it hard to remember to test my sugars, and when I do, to write them down. (I’ve been scolded by endocronologists about this multiple times… I’m hoping to get that down pretty well once I manage my ADHD enough to where I can stay very organized and stop being so forgetful.) But I’ve at least learned to adapt to a new diet, and to remember to stay active, whether its through simple cardio exercises or just plain ol’ walking around the neighborhood. (Actually, I’ve ben looking to start doing those Colorful 5ks… the Color me Rad and Color Run, so recently I installed Couch to 5k on my phone, which basically trains ou from couch potato to the fitness level needed to run a 5k.) I was actually told recently by a friend of mine that apparantly I’ve been brainwashed into “skinnifying” myself, even though my intent of exercise and diet is not to lose weight, but to rather stay healthy. And honestly, I like this lifestyle, even with the extra effort it takes to try to stay healthy!

    1. Thank you for the comment! It is nice to know that I am not the only person with diabetes who has their management complicated by ADHD. It certainly makes things far more complicated!

      The lack of organization; having a poor sense of time; disliking constraints to my freedom (anything that feels like a routine) – all of these make dealing with diabetes far more difficult. In addition, my struggles in school led me to decide to ignore diabetes,making things even worse.

      You and I have a lot to be proud of. We are both striving to do the este can, despite having been delt an awful set of cards.

      Stay strong!

      1. I’ve had a lot of denial over both my ADHD and my Diabetes, as I’ve mentioned in my blog, but now I’ve embraced both issues, and am working to overcome both of them and not let them control me.
        Thank you and you as well!

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