Journaling to cope with life experiences
A life experience changes our way of thinking about ourselves and where we want to go. A life experience can be a medical diagnosis or an actual event we were involved in or saw. The experiences change the way we look at the world and ultimately ourselves.
I remember feeling angry, depressed and scared when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I didn’t know how to explain it to my family.
They blamed me and made me feel that I could have stopped it or taken better care of myself. Unfortunately, I had done nothing wrong. I hadn’t abused my body, a virus attacked my body and initially, the misdiagnosis allowed it to go ‘dark’ while damaging my pancreas. In a way, I was lucky that my doctor was also a diabetic because I felt someone understood where I was and the questions I had.
In the aftermath, I knew my whole life would have to change – what I ate, what exercise I did, how I enjoyed myself (parties and that sort of thing) and my mental health. While diabetes is not a mental health disease, it does affect one’s view of themselves.
I felt so alone! My family criticised my eating habits and I hid my ‘condition’ from friends to avoid rejection and pain.