In your own words, book, Letters to my younger self, type 2 diabetes, insulin,

In Your Own Words is a collection of letters by people with type 2 diabetes, who have written back to their younger selves to share personal insights and reflect on their experiences of living with diabetes and starting on insulin therapy. 

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In Your Own Words book
 


type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Alison 

"Your new guy had a wife who died after many years of suffering from severe diabetic complications. You wonder if he will still want to be with you when he finds out that you have type 2 diabetes too."

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Bernard  

"Inside you are scared of failing, of having to change. Because of the way you were raised, you believe that people have interpreted your diabetes and time off as signs of failure."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Chris

"You’ll worry about hypoglycaemia – the thought that you might suddenly experience an episode if you are driving or out of the house."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Christine

"What you are afraid of, Christine, is blame. You are paralysed by the thought that perhaps you really are to blame for your two sons’ diabetes."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

George

"Your challenge goes beyond diet and working out, though. Your task is accepting that you have diabetes. You really haven’t, so far."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Gregory 

"The lesson is that you need to listen – listen carefully – to your body. Hypoglycaemic episodes can be life-changing. It can take a lot to recover from them."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Heather 

"Perfection is how you have thrived, despite life’s many challenges. And perfection means not showing any flaws, such as having diabetes or needing insulin."

 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Lori 

"It’s not that straightforward to be the wife of someone with type 2 diabetes. He will sometimes resent the interference, saying: 'Mind your business. I’ll take care of it.' Other times he will simply shut down, saying: 'I don’t want to talk about it.'"
 

type 2 diabetes, letter to my younger self, insulin

Steve 

"You know what’s happening—your blood sugar is low—and you’ve taken some glucose tablets. But it’s so frightening to feel so sick. Will it happen again? How often?"

 


The letters in this book have been written by people with type 2 diabetes and edited by Ellyn Spragins. The views and opinions expressed are not representative of Novo Nordisk and should not be considered as treatment advice.

 

This activity is organised and fully funded by Novo Nordisk Zinc ID: HQMMA/TB/0717/0255h Approval date: August 2017