Hey, It Happens – Diabetes 365, Year 2 – Day 84

By Courtney | No Rookie Marks »

We have to rewind a bit to 2004 when I was a student in the one and only photography class I ever took. Black and White Photography. For our final project we had to have a theme and I think we had to have 10 pictures that went along with that theme. Mine was metaphors and it was entitled "through the looking glass". I think I had 16 pictures in the set because it was so much fun and there was so much to portray. Everything from "time flies" wherein I had watches with butterfly and dragon fly wings hanging and a ken doll watching them, to "fishers of men" where I had the ken doll size GI joes fishing for little miniture GI Joes.

Sweeping it under the rug is the same idea. A phrase used so often, for something ignored, or when hiding something.

It’s almost like a skeleton in a closet, ooooh, that’d make a good photo…i digress.

Often I just want to hide my diabetes, I don’t want it to be seen, I don’t want it to be visible, I want to be Courtney, not Courtney with diabetes. And I often do hide it, and man am I good at hiding it. I can’t tell you the number of people that years after I’ve known them say "i didn’t know you had diabetes, how long have you had it?" and when I say "17 years" they’re like "really?!?"

it’s a shame that after i sweep everything under the rug there’s still evidence of it, the rug doesn’t lay flat, it’s all lumpy. I can hide it, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone.

I used to think about that saying parents would say "if i ignore them will they go away". I tried that one year, it doesn’t work…

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