Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can be difficult. Learning that you have to change several things about your day-to-day life can be daunting. Let’s talk about understanding and copping with a diabetes diagnosis and how embracing this challenge can lead to longevity and increased happiness. It’s important to understand that diabetes is not uncommon and you are not alone. More than 30 million Americans are currently living with it. What’s the first step you ask? Take time to understand your diabetes diagnosis. Learn what type you have, what it means and how it is typically managed. Next, ask for help. Your clinician is a great resource but also seeking guidance from a certified diabetes educator is invaluable. They are very well trained professionals who know all the inner workings of diabetes. They are equipped with tools that make living with diabetes easier. In addition, they will meet you at whatever point you are at in your journey and offer palatable solutions to your specific problems. What comes after that? Seek advice from family members and friends who may share a similar diagnosis and may have knowledge that will help you along in your path to success. Lastly, do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask away!! Seriously, we are waiting for you to ask questions!! This is how we ALL learn.