by Paige Hammond
“Congratulations on your graduation!” The words everyone looks forward to hearing after they work so hard to complete their degree. But of course graduation pushes that next question, “What are you going to do now?” or “Have you found a job yet?” This next step in life is a stressful time for anyone, but applying for jobs and living with diabetes creates a whole new dimension of stress. Not only have finals completely made my brain feel like mush and have sent my blood sugars on a rollercoaster, the thought of applying for jobs now sounds exhausting!
So many thoughts go through my head when I apply for jobs, like does the job offer a good benefit package, because let’s face it, it costs a lot of money to keep myself healthy! Or when do I tell someone I have diabetes or do I even tell them? What if I disclose my information and that ruins my chances of getting a job? These are things I never had to think about a few years ago and now they are swirling through my head daily. But even with all these concerns I know it will be okay, because I have people to turn to and learn from like the group I’ve met from Students with Diabetes and Young Adults with Diabetes. Many of us are in similar situations, and by hearing and sharing the good and the bad, better prepares me for what to expect as I enter that new chapter in my life.