Fear and Joylessness In the Lives of Type 1 Diabetics

What a  penalty for those of us dealing with diabetes and its complications

My family and I just went through a “hard knocks experience.” (I won’t go into details about the actually situation. Instead I’ll tell you what I learned from. That’s the most important part – the lesson learned and the connections I realized.) Though the feelings that came with the hard knocks were anger, sadness, hurt and loss… in the end (still a work in progress) I also experienced gratitude, love and forgiveness of myself and of the other party.

What was mirrored to me (by the other party) was the feeling of FEAR and joylessness towards life within me (a few other things too).

Now have you ever read anything of Louise Hay? I’m not saying I agree with everything she says. But I believe in the connections she makes between disease and emotions. Here are the feelings she lists as related to my health problems::

  • Diabetes: Longing for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left.
  • Kidney Problems: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a child.
  • Thyroid Gland: Humiliation. I never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn?

One or more of those feelings really hit me in this situation. I wanted to absorb the lesson so that I could let go of those feelings and one day be rid of my diabetes. Everything is connected – whether we want to acknowledge it or not.

What are your thoughts and experiences about the connection between feelings and diabetes?

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..