Denial and Disbelief

  • “This isn’t really happening.”
  • “I don’t have to change, diabetes isn’t forever.”
  • “It’s not that serious.”
  • “I don’t have to feel anything about my diabetes.”


  • “What will this mean for my life?”
  • “What’s going to happen?”


  • “Why me?” or “Why my child?”
  • “Why do I have to do all this stuff?”
  • “It isn’t fair!”


  • “What did I do to deserve this?”
  • “If I just hadn’t eaten so much sugar….”
  • “The diabetes must have come from my side of the farnily.” (parent)
  • “I did this to my child.” (parent)


  • “I feel so sad.”
  • “I just don’t feel like doing anything.”
  • “I feel so alone, no one understands.”


  • “I don’t always like watching how much food I eat, but I understand how important it is to me.”
  • “I have diabetes, so I guess I am going to have to make some changes.”