Stressful life events in childhood such as death or illness in the family, divorce or separation can triple the risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes, research has suggested.
Divorce is a very painful process, for all involved, especially if there are children. If diabetes is the cause of the divorce, then that is very sad. Having diabetes can be difficult to cope with for some spouses. The irrational mood swings that some diabetics experience, the feelings of “why me?”, helplessness, anger are sometimes very hard on the partner. People with diabetes start to have low self-esteem, start feeling unattractive. They feel that they have become a burden on their partners (emotionally, and monetarily).
Sometimes the healthy partner feels that the load on them is too much, or that this is not what they signed up for. All this leads to a breakdown of the institution of marriage, eventually leading to a divorce. Often the healthy partner may also experience low self-worth, for feeling that they are not a good enough partner, or not doing enough.
Each member of a couple may start disliking the other one. Marital members may also have a fear about the future. They don’t know where the relationship is heading. This uncertainty and fear of the unknown could be a precursor to marital breakup.
It’s imperative to talk about these issues with each other and come to some understanding of how to go forward and resolve it. Communication lines have to be open and discussions encouraged without any fear of judgment. It might be beneficial to get some professional help too.
Just remember that divorce is not the end of the road. Sometimes it is better to be alone than to be in a relationship where one is not respected and accepted.