Could having diabetes make you a better person?

I was writing my application essay for college and I am going to do it on a life changing experience.
I have had type 1 diabetes since February 2008 and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions on how it has changed your life.

7 thoughts on “Could having diabetes make you a better person?”

  1. Smarty Pants says:

    I’m not a diabetic myself, but my mother is. It has improved her health in starting to eat right. Eating right is the key to a healthy life. Having diabetes helps you to keep track of what you eat, and what you shouldn’t eat. Since I don’t have it, I never pay attention to what I eat, and come down with random illnesses. My mother on the other hand watches what she eats and therefore rarely every catches an illness.

    Hope it helped!

  2. In many ways: I changed my diet, I learned the value of exercise, I learned that my body is really a sensitive chemical laboratory, and I became aware that everything I do-what I eat, how I act, even how I think-affects and is affected by diabetes. When I realized that I must now consciously balance food, activity and insulin–what my body used to do for me automatically–I knew it could be done (and I would do it).
    I hope you are accepted at your first choice college, and I wish you success in managing your diabetes. It isn’t hard to live with, even if your readings bounce around–just keep trying to get your blood sugar inside the range your doctor recommends, and don’t be frustrated if you are not perfect.

  3. Chrissy (The Pic Is My Bro ) says:

    I was in a day-care for ‘speical kid’s’ for like 5 year’s, because i was a diabetic. Seeing all those kid’s did make me a better person because i saw how easy i had it, and even people who didn’t deal with what i did.

  4. Hi
    Get well soon.

  5. My disease has made me more understanding of others and their problems. You never know what a person is going through until you have been there. I feel more compassion toward those people and try to have patience when they are having a bad time with their problems.

  6. Mr. Peachy® says:

    Having been depressed and learning how to overcome it, has helped me cope with fibromyalgia and diabetes in ways I never would have thought possible. For example, instead of letting diabetes get me down, (thanks to my depression training) I learned as much as I could about controlling the disease. As a result, my health at 55 is as good or better than it was 20 years ago. Now, if I could just figure out a way of getting a handle on this damned fibromyalgia, I’d be all set.

  7. zawzwag33us says:

    Hi Hotty Karl, Since I’m under anothers computer name here, I’ll tell the complete truth. I’m way fat. My husband married me at a size 8 in 1981 so I owe him back his original package. Also my kids would have a more active grandparent. They would see me taking responsibility for my health—a good role model finallyas this disease runs on my moms side fat or not. Finally I am a nicer person, when I feel in controll of my weight and getting excersize, sleep,etc. I spend less time on shopping, eating, and alot of dinning out money. I finally can really taste my food, be satisfied with less food and generally I get more satisfaction from everything—-its like getting out of rehab probobly without the sport of the old eating addition on your back. You function in a more complete reality, that literally puts you in the here and now, cause diabetes makes you responsible for what your doing right now or your meter will provide you with another measure of reality. I guess I’m one of those people that need to be held accountable to do well.

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