I believe diabetes is hard for everyone, regardless of type. However, I also believe there are some things that are harder for other types than for me, as a Type 1. And that is the focus of the #dsma blog carnival this month. The question is from a September chat that asked “anything easy about living with your type of diabetes that isn’t easy for another type?".
Yes, yes, oh yes!! I believe there are plenty of things that are harder for Type 2s and people with gestational diabetes and LADAs and every other kind of diabetes. Don’t get me wrong, Type 1 is hard too. And some things are equally hard for all types. But some things are harder for one type or another.
Today I’m thinking of my Type 2 friends and the thing that I believe is tougher for them is STIGMA. Yes, I’m yelling it. STIGMA. I hate the stigma that comes with diabetes. Diabetes is not anyone’s fault, no matter what type a person has. And I think sometimes T2s get stigma not only from the general public, but also from people who have other types of diabetes. It’s wrong and it isn’t fair. And I wish I could take the stigma away.
This post is my October entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/10/october-dsma-blog-carnival-4.