Being open

Early on in my life with T1 I did not like to share that I had diabetes as I thought people might treat me different. As time went on and with hypoglycemic unawareness setting in at the age of 13, it became clear for safety reasons that I could not hide that diabetes is a part of my life.

I have been under the most stress I have ever faced as my spouse filed for divorce and served me with divorce papers while I was in the hospital. A protection order that a judge put in place to protect me, has meant that we are not able to communicate. As someone who has always been inquisitive, not being able to get answers from the guy I was married to for eleven years has been very challenging.

Just as I am very open about having diabetes as a low can unexpectedly sneak up on me, I am finding that it is important for me to be open that I am going through a divorce. Today I made a trip to Costco on my way home from counseling and I was thrilled that they have Justin’s Nut Butter and Peanut Butter Cups. These are helping me through the divorce. When the check your receipt woman looked at my purchases, 4 boxes of the peanut butter cups and one box of spinach, I let her know I am going through a divorce. Her response was classic and brought a smile to my face as she said “You may want some chocolate ice cream!”

It has been so encouraging to me to find support in the most unexpected of places.

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