Type 1 Diabetes Community
A guide for adults with type 1 diabetes

Coping with Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

When you were told you have type 1 diabetes, you probably felt as though your world had been turned upside down. Feeling like screaming, curling up in a ball, or just plain denial are all very normal reactions.

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Hopelessness
  • Despair
  • Anger

There’s a lot to learn in the first few weeks after diagnosis, and you may be so busy learning how to manage your type 1 diabetes that you don’t get time to really think about how you’re feeling about the diagnosis. The realisation that type 1 diabetes is for life might not hit you until weeks, or months after you’re first diagnosed. 

Learning to ‘own’ and take control of your type 1 diabetes is the first step to acceptance. When you feel like you have control, you can learn to fit it into your life and be better placed to manage it in the long-term. Diabetes can’t control your life – only you can.

Asking for Support

It’s important to feel like you can reach out for help and talk to others about type 1 diabetes. Your health care professional is there to help you. JDRF also has a support network where we can put you in touch with volunteers who can help you too.

If you are interested in connecting with someone who has lived experience of type 1 diabetes and asking them practical questions about their experience of getting past the initial shock of diagnosis, please contact the JDRF support page and submit a request.

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