I am a nurse, but that still didn't prepare me enough for loving a diabetic!!! As my boyfriend's (Type 2) diabetes progressed, he accepted it enough to take the pills he was supposed to. He was encouraged when he lost alot of weight. He even had the courage to go to the accept all the Dr's that were now involved in his care - endocrinologist, urologist, dentist, podiatrist, etc. For the first 6 months, he even included me in all aspects of his new life. He still talks about his future, but has gradually stopped caring about alot of things that used to be important in his life. And now he has shut me out, and is now in denial about the importance of controlling his diet. He is convinced that his diabetes will kill him prematurely, and he does not think he is whole enough to be in a relationship. I have been loving and supportive, and even given him space when he needs it. We are fianlly communicating and coping better, but I was wondering if there are support groups for the adult loved ones of diabetics? Also, wondering how to deal with them when they are in (partial) denial ? Has anyone lived thru this, and be willing to share their experiences?
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