Listen Newbie - This is your life - this is your life with diabetes.
And this is me punching you in the crouch~
It seems like almost everyday I meet, or receive an email from, someone who (or who's love one has) been recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
I do my best to be supportive and talk honestly, and use humor when ever I can.
I wax poetic about the Diabetes On-line Community, the importance of finding a great Endo & encourage them to work closely with a Certified Diabetes Educator. I tell them of my love of pump therapy and reinforce that testing blood sugars are a must.
I explain to them about "The Diabetes Dark Ages", and how times have changed for the better.
I tell Diabetes Newbies that it's much better to own their diabetes instead of their diabetes owning them, and I find away to make positives out of their diabetes negatives.
But it's not all about what I tell them, because here's a SHOCKER -It's not all about me!
It's about what WE tell them - every single person out there living the diabetes life.
So my friends, what do you tell a Diabetes Newbie?
When you were a newbie PWD, what advice did you receive that REALLY allowed you to start owning your diabetes?
And keep it clean folks! No advice/stories involving crouch punching!