I wish people knew that diabetes is a full time job. It requires effort 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. There are no ‘holidays’ from the condition, and there are no breaks. Imagine having a full time job, family commitments AND diabetes. Tiring and tedious? Yes.
I wish people knew that diabetes doesn’t look like anything. You break a leg, you have a cast on it to help it heal. You cut your finger, you might put a plaster on it. You have diabetes. It is invisible. The number of times I’ve had comments such as ‘you don’t look fat’ or ‘you don’t look diabetic’. I’d be rich if I had a pound for every time someone commented on what diabetes supposedly looks like.
I wish people knew that diabetes doesn’t define who I am. I can still eat delicious foods. I can still go out and have a good time. I can still do fun things. Sure, I have to take my diabetes supplies to keep me going throughout the day, but having the condition doesn’t stop me being who I am.
I wish people knew that diabetes has brought some wonderful people into my life. Diabetes is a very lonely condition at times. It’s easy to think that you’re the only one to have a stubborn pancreas. However, there is a whole network of people like you, out there. No one should have to go through their diabetes-related experiences alone.
I wish people knew that diabetes doesn’t have a cure, yet. Yet. We can hope that one day there will be. Until then, we are fortunate enough to have the likes of insulin, glucose meters, diabetes care teams, to support us. We shouldn’t forget though, that there are thousands of people around the world who are not fortunate enough to have these provisions.