Today is D-Blog Day and the theme is “6 things you want people to know about diabetes.”
I could go on and rant and rant some more about the things I want people to know. I’ll stick to what’s been poking me in a harsh way lately.
1) Yes, I’m fit. Yes, I eat decently healthy. Yes, I have diabetes. That’s because I have an autoimmune disease. I didn’t get diabetes because I was over weight. I didn’t get diabetes because I’m inactive. I got diabetes because my body attacked itself; not because I made poor choices. I have Type 1 diabetes, not Type 2 diabetes. No, we don’t know why.
2) I can eat anything I want. Just because I have diabetes doesn’t mean that I can’t eat stuff because it has sugar in it. If you can eat it, I can eat it too. I just have to moderate my intake of items people usually question. Questioning “can you eat that” or saying “what are you doing” will only get you the moderation talk. By the way, everyone should be moderating their intake of everything regardless of having diabetes or not.
3) Yes, I know that a day may come when something gets amputated because of my choices. You don’t get to lay that fact into me though. I’m human and I make choices, and they may not always be the best choices. But I’m also willing to lay in the bed I make. Get that, the bed I make. So while you’re worried about what I may lose, my eyesight, a limb, a kidney…how about worrying about what you may lose because of your choices…I know the effects of what I’m doing…do you know the effects of what you’re doing? You don’t get to use the complications of diabetes as an impetus to try and get me to be a “perfect” diabetic. They just don’t exist.
4) Women with diabetes can have babies. We’re not living in the age of Steel Magnolias. Just because there was a movie that showed one scenario of what could happen under the most wrong circumstances doesn’t mean that all of us women should have to live with that on our shoulders. That we should have to hear about how we should adopt instead of being selfish and risking our health and the health of our babies…It’s time that instead of watching a movie and forming opinions that blogs be read. There are more cases of successful pregnancies among women with diabetes than there are sad cases where someone dies…get up to date with your knowledge (I guess that’s why we’re sharing what you should know). In fact, there’s a book you can read that may ease some of your concerns. It’s called “When You’re a Parent With Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family”
5) I AM living large and I am living well and I can do anything and everything that a person without diabetes can do (minus serving in our military but that’s another story) it just takes a little more work than the average person. Diabetes is not an excuse to not do something. It’s important that people know that diabetes doesn’t have to stop the track that our lives are on. We just have to make adjustments to include diabetes in the things we want to do. Yes, it’s hard sometimes. Yes, it’s miserable sometimes. But we can either let get us down, or we can get up and take it with us.
6) I’m allowed to get frustrated and pissed off. Diabetes is not a walk in the park. You look at food and think, “hrmm…will that hit the spot?”. I look at food and start doing math. You may want to get up from the couch and go for a jog or a bike ride. I want to go for a jog or a bike ride and the planning starts hours in advance to ensure that I can have an enjoyable run or ride. Sometimes, diabetes just sucks, you can do everything “right” and something will still go wrong. It’s not pleasurable, but saying “it could be worse” doesn’t help. Your life could be worse too, does that keep you from getting pissed off or frustrated?