The second is a group of close friends that I have been losing contact with more and more as I have become more concerned with training and my diabetes. This is the group of friends that don't get how the endurance training and diabetes work. This group listens and asks questions but doesn't have a true interest. This is the group that will make fun of the cycling kits, shaving my legs and my diet. I'm sorry but that is my life, I tried to fit in and be cool for these guys and that was when I didn't have control of my life and my diabetes. This is odd to say but diabetes is my partner, if you don't get it or pick fun at how I manage my diabetes then don't expect me to divulge information about my life like I would with close friends.
The last group is the true close friend. They don't get me but they care and they believe in me. Over the past few weeks I have had a number of good friends reach out and ask how the training is going. They listen and find it hard to believe that someone can run a 50k. They also ask about my diabetes and are truly concerned about my blood sugars while running.
What does this blog have to do with diabetes? It has everything to do with diabetes, I hope that it shows readers that the people who ask questions and truly care are your real friends. Making fun of something because you don't understand it doesn't help anyone, it hurts and leads to people hiding their diabetes because they don't think it is cool. As I have gotten older I have found that finding people that truly care is tough. Diabetes makes finding true friends a lot easier, many people won't understand how diabetes works but if they are a true friend they will take the time to learn.