Just Diagnosed With Diabetes? Here's Everything You Need to Know

by Mighty Well


Diagnosed With Diabetes… Now What?

Getting a new diagnosis can bring on complicated emotions. There may be relief at finally getting answers, fear of what your future may now look like, and overwhelming information in your search to learn as much as you can.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, the good news is that plenty of research and resources are available to guide your journey! To get started, check out this Resource Guide we’ve put together to get you connected and answer your questions.  

Looking for more? Here are some tips we’ve gathered from chatting with our diabetic Friends in the Fight.

Diabetes Resource Guide

Diabetes and its myriad impacts on daily life are complicated to navigate. Thankfully, there are ample resources available to help guide you through life with diabetes. So wherever you are on your journey — newly diagnosed and overwhelmed, an old-timer looking for fresh tips, or just someone trying to learn in order to better support a diagnosed Friend in the Fight — we’ve put together some resources to get you started!

Dealing With Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease refers to a number of diseases that may occur if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. When you think of diabetes, eye problems are likely not the first thing that comes to mind. However, when blood sugar levels in the body rise to a level above normal, the tiny blood vessels within the eye tend to endure serious damage.

Finding Purpose Despite the Challenges of Chronic Illness

Emily Levy was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease during my sophomore year of college. She needed a long-term IV PICC line that a lot of people get either for antibiotic use, chemotherapy, or nutritional support. Emily was just told to wear a cut sock on my arm, and thought, “This is crazy!”

Her dad, who is in the surfing industry, told her she should put a rashguard over it. So that’s how they got the idea to apply athletic fabric to the medical industry. That’s how Mighty Well started. It was an answer to her needs as a patient.

COVID-19: 5 Tips for Navigating an Outbreak with Chronic Illness

As COVID-19 and fears around coronavirus spread around the world, many members of our community are at the highest risk for infection. Being immunocompromised during cold and flu season is already stressful enough, and the global spread of a highly infectious virus adds significant anxiety for our Friends in the Fight, as well as the need for further precaution.

If you are feeling additional stress during this uncertain time, Mighty Well and your Friends in the Fight are here to support you as you make decisions about how to best manage your health and wellbeing. If you are looking for support or more tips from our Friends in the Fight community, join our Facebook Group!

6 Ways to Build Confidence Despite Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness can significantly impact your confidence levels and change how you look at yourself. It’s common to feel as though your body has ‘let you down’ or ‘is broken’. These beliefs understandably make you feel less confident within yourself.

Diabetes Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Diabetes Patients

More than 29 million people live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Managing diabetes can feel like a full time job, and many of our Friends in the Fight are taking time every day to care for their bodies and turn sickness into strength while living with this chronic condition.

If you know someone living with diabetes and are searching for a gift that shows you care, check out this list of the best gifts for diabetes patients

Celebrating the Heart of Your Relationships: Four Tips to Finding Joy Through Illness

Some days, my relationships seem like a string of transactions and scheduling. Chronic illness ramps up these less-than-sexy aspects of relationships. Being sick requires more planning, more appointments, and often less doing. So how can we maintain and celebrate the truth of our relationships (whether friendships, romantic, family, etc.) without letting illness dominate the routine and conversation?

Reaching Out to Immunocompromised Loved Ones: The Questions We WANT to Hear

Right now, we all have someone we feel worried about. At least one person in our lives who is at higher risk from COVID-19. Yet worrying doesn’t necessarily lead to reaching out. We may feel awkward or unsure of how to ask how things are going. Being raised in a society that teaches us to avoid talking about differences, disability, age, health status… Bridging that discomfort doesn’t suddenly go away because of a pandemic.

Even when there’s not a health crisis, reaching out to loved ones who are sick or struggling is not easy. On page 38 of Ilana Jacqueline’s book, Surviving and Thriving With an Invisible Chronic Illness, therapist Dawn Wiggins shares this insight:

5 Ways to Give Support to Someone You Love

The type of support needed will differ from person to person. For those of us with chronic illness (or simply too much on our plate), we may need someone to help with meal prep or safely buying ingredients and holiday decorations. For our Friends struggling to maintain mental health, a genuine “how are you doing?” check-in and time to actually share the answer could make all the difference. For those who cannot be with loved ones during the holidays, thoughtful interactions over video chat or snail mail could bring comfort and community to a lonely time.

How to be a True Friend in the Fight: Supporting Friends & Family with Chronic Illness

Suffering the Silence’s new docu-series, Trust Me, I’m Sick, has a lot to tell us about being an ally to spoonie friends. One of the contributors, Cassandra Rush, hit the nail on the head when she shared what it’s like to be invited out by friends:

Meet Isabelle Edwards: Type 2 Diabetes & Gastroparesis Warrior

Isabelle Edwards is known across the internet as the Diabetes Diva, and if you ever have the privilege of meeting her, you will understand why! Isabelle lives with Type 2 Diabetes, but her enthusiasm for life, her kindness, and her glamour are what you remember after spending time with her. She is a fierce advocate for those living with Type 2 Diabetes and is committed to raising awareness about the disease and about life as a patient.

Meet Mighty Model, Erika Young: Runner, Model, and Diabetes Patient

Erika Young: a 30-year old young professional with Type 1 Diabetes. Her illness didn’t stop her from pushing the boundaries of her physical limits. She has ran marathons around the world, including a 150-mile trek through Turks and Caicos.

Halle Berry Opens Up About Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is no stranger to stigma, due to fat shaming and misinformation. Yet Halle Berry has proudly and gracefully shared her story with this common disease. She has shown that having diabetes is not something to be ashamed of — it hasn’t stopped her from having a successful career in modeling and acting! As many of our Friends have experienced, having a chronic condition helped her become the incredible woman she is:

need a case for your diabetes supplies?

Store all of your diabetes supplies in the patient approved MedPlanner Carrying Case

Best Medical Organizer!

Exactly what I needed!

PICCPerfect Antimicrobial PICC Line Cover By Mighty Well

  • Easy organization: Holds all of your pills, vitamins, and medical devices, including diabetic supplies.
  • Travel friendly: Compact and offers versatility in use.
  • Seven daily pill pages: Easily removable and great for organization.
  • Medical ID card: Keep important medical information with your medication

Each Mighty MedPlanner includes:  

  • A binder ring system that holds MedPlanner Pouches 
    • You can use a Washable Marker to write on your MedPlanner Pouches based on your schedule and preferences
  • Reinforced elastic grid to hold diabetic supplies, EpiPen, inhaler, and other medical supplies
  • Back expandable pocket for additional storage
  • TPU easy open-loop designed especially for people with hand mobility difficulties
  • Exterior hard nylon shell disguises your medical organizer as tech/cosmetics
  • Can hold an ice pack for your medication that needs to be kept cold

This product is HSA & FSA eligible!


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