Something that people don’t realise,
people who don’t have diabetes is that the mental side is just as ‘there’ and
present as the physical side so obviously you’ve got to deal with insulin injections and carb counting and blood sugar. But a whole massive aspect of it that normally, a lot of the time people talk about is mental health. It’s always there no matter what. No matter, you know, 24/7, no matter what you’re doing. Whether you’re at university or at home or in the park or
a night out. It’s just always there. You’ve always got a thing about it and that’s kind of one of the toughest parts. I think I could deal with the injections and blood tests. But the worst part is just feeling overwhelmed and feeling like you’re constantly alone I think I just would have liked to know that it’s not the end of the world, because it definitely felt like it was. Because I felt so sick and so ill all the time and then I get this diagnosis and they were like “You’re going to have to do this for rest of your life, and I was like “oh my God my life is actually just over”. Going on Diabetes UK and reading people’s stories, other people my age, people who have been diagnosed at uni where they’re like yeah student. Or people who’ve been
diagnosed as a child and they live with it for so much longer than I have. And it
definitely helped me realise that I wasn’t the only one going through it, as much as it can feel like that sometimes. There are people all around the world who are having to deal with it. I think in terms of GP’s, and health
practitioners in general, there is a lot more that could be done. Because they
don’t tend to ask you about your mental health, they ask you about your physical health. How has your blood sugar been? Checking your HbA1c levels etc. But they never ask you like how are you dealing with it? Is there anything we can do to support you in terms of your mental health?