Managing diabetes is like a claw arcade game. Sometimes you appear to be in control of the machine, and in other instances, it is programmed to function randomly. Sometimes diabetes management is easy, but at other times it's impossible to explain blood glucose levels or fully control diabetes.

Drawing Diabetes

To get a high-level understanding of what managing type 1 diabetes is like I asked teenagers to draw metaphors for self-management. 

 Managing diabetes is like a claw arcade game. Sometimes you appear to be in control of the machine, and in other instances, it is programmed to function randomly. Sometimes diabetes management is easy, but at other times it's impossible to explain blood glucose levels or fully control diabetes.

Managing diabetes is like a claw arcade game. Sometimes you appear to be in control of the machine, and in other instances, it is programmed to function randomly. Sometimes diabetes management is easy, but at other times it's impossible to explain blood glucose levels or fully control diabetes.

 Diabetes is always there like a shadow, but you can't always see it. On difficult days the shadow looms larger, but you are always in the foreground, not defined by diabetes.

Diabetes is always there like a shadow, but you can't always see it. On difficult days the shadow looms larger, but you are always in the foreground, not defined by diabetes.