Many don’t know of this, but there is a “type 3 diabetes.” What the #*!! is that you ask? Type 3’s are people who don’t have diabetes, but may be married to, live with, take care of, or simply care about type 1’s and 2’s.
Our loved one’s, spouses, significant others and friends not only need to know about our condition, but Want to be involved, Want to help, and Want to understand.
We often shut them out or don’t communicate well with them as a part of our vital support group. We often want to deal with our condition ourselves and feel as though we don’t want to “burden” our loved one’s with our issues.
Certainly it’s very important to know how to take care of yourself and always be prepared, but the type 3’s are critical to our well-being. It’s your duty as a type 1 or 2 to educate, share your emotions, feelings, and at least the basic of diabetes so they can be a part of your life, just as you want to be a part of theirs. Type 3’s knowledge and education you share with them just might save your life one day. It’s also an excellent way to build strong relationships.