No matter what type of diabetes we have, none of us want to be part of this “club”. This is a frightening disease because it’s so unpredictable. What will it attack next? According to a recent study published online in JAMA, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and have so far managed alright. My hemoglobin A1c is not at goal yet, but I’m working on it. Diabetics can only manage symptoms now. There is no cure for diabetes type 1, and if people like me with type 2 can lose weight, it’s possible to maintain a healthy blood sugar – but a type 2 diabetic will always be a type 2 diabetic regardless.
I asked the folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they had anything in particular to add to my post today. Here’s the one response I received:
I think every day should be Diabetes Awareness Day. It is a work in progress for many of us. You have it on your mind all the time, and if you ignore it, it can cause so many complications. – John Manganiello
Some of us express our thoughts and feelings through the designs we make. I guess I’m in that category. Here are a few I’ve come up with that say what I need to say:
It hurts to be judged – especially when it is something as intensely personal as your body and your weight where your health is concerned. I had a chiropractor ask me in a very flip and off-hand manner, “Why don’t you just lose the weight and get rid of the diabetes?” I never went back to him. I wonder why???
Judging doesn’t help! People think they can shame a type 2 into compliance and obedience. It works the opposite way for me. I’ll speak for myself – but if someone belittles me all the time – nags me about my eating habits and crushes my spirit – I’m going to eat more. No, I can’t explain it – but it’s true. I suppose I just think “Well, I can’t do anything right, so why try?”
Now… encourage me and I’ll go the distance and I will reach a goal. It doesn’t have to be much of a compliment – just a little one will set me in motion heading in a positive direction! It’s how I’m wired – how God made me! If I do good and I’m told it’s good – I’ll keep it up!
I’m thankful for the support I get online and on facebook in the diabetic community. They seem to understand and that really helps when I feel like I’m the only one struggling. 🙂