"There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on"

Is fear a prerequisite to manage a chronic disease well? Over the years I've read many posts in response to questions I've posed regarding closely held attitudes and beliefs about their or their child's diabetes. One theme overshadows all others. Fear, confusion, anxiety and even guilt often rules following a diabetes diagnosis. For some, this is eventually replaced with acceptance, confidence and a firm resolve to succeed. In most cases, quality education (initial and ongoing) about diabetes usually played a role in this evolution.

But there seems to be a significant percentage of those in the online community who, even after years of living with diabetes, still seem very fearful of th