Yeah, the intellectual side of me knows that, but my emotional side is VERY stupid and resistant! But I'm working on it! :-)
I've had T1 for less than a year, and I'm not sure what acceptance means to me yet. All I know is that I want to be as healthy as I can be, so I have to put D-management first. It requires a lot of conscious effort most days, and I guess I haven't gotten to the point where I have perspective and insight into the emotional side of life with D. I didn't take good care of myself before T1, so I guess acceptance would be letting go of the guilt I feel about that.
These replies are so inspiring. I'm grateful for this amazing community.
I just wanted to make sure you know that you didn't do ANYTHING to cause your T1. It doesn't matter if you didn't take care of yourself at all before your diagnosis -- it would have happened anyway. I know the feelings, because I feel that way myself, but every day, my mantra is "It's NOT my fault!" And I've been saying this to myself for more than 20 years! I hope you can overcome those feelings of guilt -- I went to therapy for that and other reasons, but maybe you can do it yourself. Because you need to stare truth in the face and not beat yourself up over it!!
Thanks, Natalie. It helps to know I'm not alone in having these kinds of feelings. It sounds like you have a tremendous amount of perseverance, and I hope I will, too :) Therapy does sound like a good idea.
I have the same feelings since I got it, not only me, but also do my parents. I am the only child in my family and don't have any family members had it. Felt so alone these years...