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Every time I give a presentation to people with T1D or health care providers, I start by talking about all the reasons why living with T1D is so stressful. I tell them about the constant work, the complex thinking involved, and the fact that there are no breaks and no vacations from T1D.
I describe T1D as having a second job.
I’ve given this talk dozens of times, and every time I tell the same story. But after I gave this talk last week, it struck me….
Talking about T1D as a second job sets us up for failure!
This is a great story, and it captures some of the challenges of living with T1D. But I’ve realized that talking about T1D as a second job is the wrong way to characterize it. It makes life with T1D feel hopeless. Comparing T1D to a second job sets an expectation that you will always be stressed and that T1D has control over your life.
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On this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist podcast, I explain why I am going to stop comparing T1D to a job. There’s no doubt, T1D is going to be stressful at times. But when we talk about T1D as a job, it traps you into believing that diabetes must involve constant work and stress.
I give some suggestions for other ways to describe T1D that are more realistic and do a better job of setting you up for success.