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Coping With Diabetes Over Time

Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, BC-ADM, CDE, and Kristina Humphries, MD

More to life than diabetes
No matter how long you’ve had diabetes or how much time you spend on your diabetes care, there’s more to you than just diabetes. You have likes and dislikes, talents, interests, and activities you enjoy. Most likely, you’ve had successes and disappointments in life that have nothing to do with diabetes, and you have friends and acquaintances whose regard for you similarly has little or nothing to do with your diabetes, although they may also admire your efforts to live well with it.

Part of coping with diabetes over a lifetime may be recognizing that it is only a part of your life. It influences what you do, but it doesn’t completely define who you are.
So when the going gets tough, congratulate yourself for all of the efforts you make to take care of your diabetes, and remind yourself that there is much more to you than diabetes.

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