1. Everyone thinks it's an old person's illness. It's the 'my nan' syndrome; everyone has an elderly relative that has diabetes, not realising there's a pretty big difference between Type One and Type Two. No it's not my fault; no it's not the same. You'll also get the people who ask "is that the worse one?" Answer? They're both as bad as each other.
2. You'll own a wardrobe full of bags. As a diabetic you will have an abundance of 'stuff' that has to follow you everywhere. You will literally have a bag for every outfit.
3. And a drawer of sugar. Every child's dream, there's a drawer somewhere in your home that is FULL of sugar. Lucozade, jelly babies, jellybeans, the lot. You may get disapproving looks about your life choices should an unknowing individual discover your stash.
4. You've grown used to that incessant beeping sound. You learn to ignore the bleeps of your meter as it calculates your blood sugar. Other people, however, aren't as conditioned. A few examples of where it can get awkward include, exams, interviews and important meetings.
5. A meal is not a meal, it's a carb value. Carb counting eventually becomes second nature and you even have to flex your mathematical skills before tucking into a slice of pizza. 10g of carb means 1 unit of insulin, and one slice of pizza (who are we kidding - one slice?) is approximately 10g. You're a maths machine.
6. The joy of Pump Lumps. Where are you supposed to hide your insulin pump in tights and a body con dress? In your bra? #ThirdBoob
7. It's not just drink driving you've got to worry about. Blood sugar level below 5? Don't drive. Checking your blood sugar every time you get behind the wheel is a big enough inconvenience for me, never mind the hassle it must be for diabetic delivery drivers.
8. Sweets are no longer a treat, they're medicine. The best kind of medicine.
9. People either look at you as though you're dying or sneezing all over them. Type One Diabetes doesn't have a cure but it's entirely manageable and it certainly isn't contagious.
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10. Holidays abroad are always fun. The look on the security officers faces when they see your bag full of needles and meters. But then you smugly give them the doctor's note and saunter off on your jollies.
11. Trying to hide your new piercing and tattoo from your diabetic nurse at your appointment because they're 'not allowed'. We've all been there.
12. Needles don't faze you. You're essentially a pincushion with a heartbeat - no needle could turn you into a fainter. Not that you enjoy it, mind.