People have different ways of communicating and receiving love. The concept of love languages was developed by Gary Chapman, Ph.D., in his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. The five love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
So - we created the 5 T1D love languages. Which one is yours?!
- Safety net supporter
This is your primary love language if you just appreciate the people in your life being prepared for T1D mishaps. If you're out and get low and they brought something along just in case or if your tech malfunctions and they help you figure out what to do. They have your back.
- Diabetes empath
This is your primary love language if you feel most loved when the people around you understand the connection between your diabetes and your mood.
- No hate for what's on my plate
This is your primary love language if you appreciate that your partner, family, and friends don't judge what you're eating and instead just trust that you know what's best for your body.
- Respectful inquirer
This is your primary love language if you love an opportunity to educate people, but you just want them to approach you in a respectful way... no catcalls from the street saying "is that a nicotine patch?!"
- Educated ally
This is your primary love language if you love and appreciate when people know the difference between T1D and T2D, when your blood sugar is high they don't ask if you need sugar, and they know cinnamon won't cure us.