You don’t have to talk about diabetes with anyone unless you want to. But your friends
might have questions. Try not to get mad, even if their questions seem silly. Before
you had diabetes, you probably didn’t know much about it either. Many kids find that
telling their friends about their diabetes can help. Your true friends are the ones
who support you in taking care of yourself. If your friends know about your diabetes,
they can act as your “backup” detectives. They can learn the signs of low blood sugar.
Then, if you are acting “low,” they can get an adult to help.
There will be times when you feel totally on top of things. But sometimes, you may
feel really tired of dealing with diabetes. When this happens, don’t give up! Ask
for help. Your diabetes team is there to help you find ways to make things easier.
You don’t have to be perfect. You can make changes to your plan and still be healthy.
You might want to ask your parents about going to a diabetes camp. It’s a place to
hang out and have fun with other kids who have diabetes. They understand what you’re
going through because they’re going through it, too.