Why is "D" so isolating?
For me, diabetes can be, for the most part, a very isolating thing to deal with. My family (both immediate and extended) are great, very supportive and understanding. But, there is that special connection that happens when you have a chance to compare stories with another person who has diabetes.
Stories about low blood sugars that are very scary, but for some strange reason we can look back on them and chuckle. Centennial lancet changes, and stories about just how many boxes of lancets we have collected over the years. Stories about "oh shit" scenarios, and how we somehow managed to pull through them. Shared frustrations on how we are doing everything "right" but our numbers just won't cooperate. Battles with depression about the never ending physical, mental and social demands that diabetes forces onto us. The list could go on and on.
I think we can connect with each other because we have ourselves experienced many of the same issues, or issues similar enough that we can easily relate.
Diabetes is isolating to me, and I'm willing to bet that I'm not alone in feeling that way. We each carry one hell of a burden, and no one can help us bear that.
It is a nice feeling though to be able to connect with others that bear a similar load.