Type 3 diabetes: being a partner to someone with diabetes

I have Type 3 diabetes, my husband has Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, since 2001, February.

Living with type 1 diabetes isn’t easy. Extremely good diabetes management requires a lot of time and effort. So to make attack days better and panic free… for myself and my kids. We make sure that we don’t miss the Dr’s appointments, we write all our questions concerning diabetes down, and after he consulted with my husband, he consults with us.

We work as a team.

– Tshepang Sesinye


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4 Responses to “Type 3 diabetes: being a partner to someone with diabetes”

  1. sweetlife August 23, 2011 10:18 am #

    From Facebook (Diabetic South Africans):

    There is no reason for a type 1 diabetic to face any social stigma or have any self pity. They eat and live the way most of us should. I see no reason for loved ones of type 1 diabetics to label themselves as type 3.

    The ladies entry sounded more like self pity and a burden rather than supportive. My son is type 1 and I am not type 3, I am his mother first and fore most. Sorry not much compassion from my side but we have witnessed the self pity of ‘type 3’s (as it is put) where the type 1 is left feeling as though they are a burden ‘too much hard work’ for their family. Our son is a fantastic child that needs his sugars controlled and insulin injections – never a burden.

    – Roslyn Anne Shipton

  2. Miche March 18, 2013 10:52 pm #

    So curious about what help and information I might learn. My husband has been Type I since 14 years old. He never talks about I, doesn’t want anyone to know and has faced bias and different treatment at work. He has dealt with the stigma too as a coworker who did announce his diabetic condition was overlooked for positions in management because Mgmt feared the demands would be too much for that particular employee. My husband was glad he kept his diagnosis quiet. As a spouse and parent, the mood swings are something we endure. Recently I took 3 days to visit family and was stunned how carefree everyone seemingly was. It was this experienced that has cause me to search harder for help for my husband, myself and child.

    • Editor March 19, 2013 10:04 am #

      Hi Michele,
      You’re not alone! So sorry to hear your husband has had a hard time at work because of his diabetes – that’s really quite ridiculous, don’t you think? Mood swings can be a daily part of life for many diabetics, but if there’s something specific you want to ask about or if you think they’re more severe than they should be, please email us at hello @ sweetlifemag.co.za and we’ll post it on this blog. You can ask the community anything, we’re all in this together. You can also join our Facebook page (Diabetic South Africans) to meet other partners of diabetics.


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