Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September. The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”. Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes. Have more than one thing you wish people knew? Go ahead and tell us everything.
DIABETES IS HARD!!!!! Diabetes is a constant balancing act and I fall off my tightrope just as often as I stay on, if not more. So far I’ve been lucky and have always landed on a safety net, but I live in fear that my luck is running out.
I really try not to use diabetes as an excuse. I try not to ask for special treatment because of diabetes. I try to handle it gracefully and somewhat invisibly. Most people with diabetes that I know are the same way. We don’t want diabetes to stand in the way of our lives. We refuse to let diabetes hold us back. But maybe there is a downside to that. All those times I don’t let you see me struggle. All those times I smile and put on a brave face. All those times I say I’m fine when I’m anything but. All those times I lead you to believe diabetes is easy. Maybe those are the times I’m doing the most damage. Maybe I’m making the outside world really believe diabetes IS easy. Why would they think any different? Why would they think I bust my ass every single day just to live with diabetes? Why would they think I need a cure?
Diabetes is a big part of the life I’ve been given. I’m not going to wallow, I’m not going to complain. My life is good. But despite what I may lead you to believe, it’s very important for you to know . . . .
DIABETES IS HARD!!!