Often, someone with diabetes will choose to conceal the fact from friends and even some family members. There are reasons why people do that, but that’s not the subject here. My question is, rather, if you are one of those who hid the fact and then later chose to open up about it, what caused you to change your mind?
There’s a particular reason for posing the question. The founding principle of TuDiabetes, as articulated by Manny, our founder, is “No diabetic should ever feel alone” -- and I’ve lost count of the number of members I’ve heard say “I thought I was alone until I found this site”, or words to that effect. It can’t be denied that there is a sense of community here than many PWD don’t find anywhere else.
So, to bring it full circle, what I’m wondering is this: did the feeling of belonging you found here influence you to “come out” about your diabetes and let the chips fall where they may? In other words, what changed?