16 Struggles Every Type 1 Diabetic Will Understand


1. Wearing a dress with an insulin pump

So you’re shopping and you see this gorgeous dress, you get to the dressing room, unplug your pump and set it on the bench. You try the dress on and it fits perfectly! It is half off, you have to have it! About a week later you’re going out and you try your dress on and it looks great besides the huge lump of an insulin pump. Ugh. You can’t hook it on your underwear, it will pull them down to your knees, so you’re forced to place in in your bra. By the end of the night your chest hurts and your pump is covered in boob sweat.

2. Dropping low in public and everyone thinks you are drunk

You’re walking through a store and you start stumbling, sweating, and mumbling your words. Others think you’re drunk, but you just need sugar! We have all had this happen at least once.

3. All of your friends are carrying their cute clutches and you’re stuck with your huge tacky purse, that does not match your dress.

You would love to be able to carry a clutch with your cute little black dress, but with all of your diabetic supplies, that is a joke, there is no way!

4. “Is That a Pager?” (referring to your insulin pump)

It is not the 90’s, does anyone even own a pager anymore?

5. “My grandma has diabetes too, she got it last year!” 

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are not the same thing! This is one thing that can upset me more than anything else. I know that some people are not knowledgable about the differences, but AGH!

6. “If you eat cinnamon, it will cure your diabetes”

I have heard some crazy theories from strangers on how to cure my diabetes. I will leave it at that.

7. When the sub sends you to the office for having an “ipod” in class

In school subs assume that your insulin pump with the long clear cord is an ipod. Before you can explain yourself they are yelling and sending you to the principal. Just laugh it off. 

8. Flying

Going through security is interesting. They pat you down and check your insulin pump for bomb powder, as if you would try to blow up the plane with your insulin pump.

9. Walking by kitchen drawers. They are evil.

I can’t tell you how many times I have ripped my infusion out and my pump went flying due to a kitchen drawer. You know what I am talking about.

10. Kittens and puppies.

When playing with a kitten or puppy they always seem to find your pump cord. They end up chewing a hole in it or ripping it out completely. But they are so cute, it’s worth it!

11. “Ouch! Doesn’t that hurt! I would not be able to poke myself every day for the rest of my life!”

First off it does not hurt that bad. Second of all I did not choose to do this! But if I did not poke myself every day, I would die.

12. Changing your infusion site becomes a show when you meet new friends

Whenever I meet a new friends they are always curious on seeing me put my infusion in. I have just gotten used to it.

13. When the dentist thinks that they can give you diabetic advice

If I do not already get lectured enough by my family doctor, endocrinologist, and family members the dentist tries to give me diabetic advice too.

14. Eating your whole kitchen at 3 am

When you wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, shaking, and your blood sugar is definitely low, you make your way to the kitchen, possibly crawling. You open your fridge and sit on the floor stuffing your mouth with anything you can grab. This is definitely a struggle we all have had at least once.

15. “Is this diet Coke?”

You have been betrayed enough at drive throughs and restaurants that you know to double check. 

16. Burning 500 calories while exercising, then turning around and eating 600 calories to counteract the low 

You work so hard to be healthier, work out, bulk up, or lose weight but in return your diabetes kicks you in the butt. You then have to shove calories right back into your body. Silly diabetes.

17 thoughts on “16 Struggles Every Type 1 Diabetic Will Understand

  1. Rachel says:

    Completely agree! Although I am the exception to #13 – Type 1 Diabetic for 23 years AND a dentist. I can understand the irritation in getting advice from a non-diabetic dentist.

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    • diabetesanddonuts says:

      Yes they could, I guess what I meant by that was people try to tell type 1 diabetics that their family member has type 2 and it’s the same thing. It’s something that a lot of diabetics get told. Sorry it is not worded correctly 😦


  2. Dianna johnson says:

    Yep. Yep. Yep. And yep. I always thought it was hilarious when my NP told me to eat 15 grams of carb if I woke up with a low.
    Also, the frustration of running and then eating to counteract the low. Ugh.
    Kitchen drawers and door knobs, too.

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  3. Susan G says:

    Been Type 1 for 44 years, started with shots now have a pump since 2008. I’ve experienced every one of these. One trick with a dress….look for one with a pocket….cut the stitching to slip the infusion through….solved my problem for a wedding! I’ve learned to wear things that are looser….more flowing to hide the pump as I’m not big on top to hide the damn pump in my bra! LOL

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