Time for another diabadass post!
As you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2014 (you can read my story here). The past year has been a crazy rollercoaster both physically and emotionally, and one of the things I’ve had to learn how to deal with (well, stil learning how to deal with it actually) is that everybody seems to have an opinion, yet very few people know what they’re actually talking about.
I can’t say I really blame them, as I didn’t really know much about it untiI actually got this illness myself, and I know that a lot of people genuinely mean well… but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite annoying (not to mention sometimes downright rude and offensive). So here’s a list of 10 things all type 1 diabetics are tired of hearing… Next time you meet someone dealing with this, please refrain yourself from any of these comments ;).
Have you tried *…*? It can cure diabetes!
The *…* is usually some type of food (eating babanas. Eating figs. Eating cinnamon. Eating only raw vegetables.) or drink (drinking water with salt) or activity (working out). Honey… there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people looking for a cure for diabetes. There is no cure at the moment, only ways to manage it. Trust me on this one. I mean think about it: I don’t particularly enjoy having this disease, so if there was cure…don’t you think I’d already be doing it?
My grandma had diabetes. She lost her leg and died.
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I feel so warm and fuzzy inside now.
You have to give yourself insulin injections every day? OMG that would SO not be for me, I’d die haha!
Well, I would actually die if I didn’t do it. Again: I’m not doing this because I enjoy it. I don’t particularly like giving myself injections 4-5 times a day. I do it because I have to in order to stay healthy and, you know, alive.
Just stop eating sugar.
I could. But since sugar is carbs, you can (naturally) find it in not only rice and potatoes and beans and things like that, but also in dairy, vegetables and fruit. Unless I’m going to live on eggs and meat for the rest of my life, no I can’t just stop eating sugar.
Should you eat that? (usually when I’m eating something sugar-ish).
First of all, you are not the foodpolice. I am perfectly capable of assessing what I can and can not eat. Technically, I can eat everything, I just have to inject the correct amount of insulin for it. There are moments I absolutely need to have something that is high in sugar because my bloodsugar is getting way too low and the last thing I need in that moment is the foodpolice. And sometimes I just want to have a goddamn piece of cake on a birthday party because I WANT to.
You have to inject insulin? So you have the bad kind of diabetes then?
Well, eat least it’s not that bad as cancer or something. You can live with it right?
Well, yes sure. And I know you mean well, but honestly living with diabetes can be a giant pain in the ass. Sure I could live a long and healthy life… As long as I constantly measure myself by sticking a needle in my finger multiple times a day, inject myself 4-5 times a day, calculate carbs, avoid stress, get regular hospital checkups, and basically never stop thinking about it ever. Easy breezy.
I think you got it from eating too much sugar
Someone call the Nobel Prize commity, you just discovered what causes type 1 diabetes! Not really. Athletes get it. Babies get it. They don’t know what causes this, but it’s not eating too much sugar.
Here’s a cookie! Oh no wait you can’t have that… I still have an apple though, you can have that one!
Just watch your diet and your sugarlevel will stabilize… seriously, how hard can it be?
Here is a brief list of things that can mess with your bloodsugar: Exercise. Sleep. Hormones. Illness. Excitement. The Weather. I honestly work really hard to keep my levels as stable as possible, but being a diabetic means I had to learn to accept that, despite all of that hard work, sometimes I’ll still have elevated bloodsugar for reasons beyond my control. It takes dedication and commitment and hard work and then you still end up being screwed sometimes… that’s just how it is. So yeah, it’s harder than you probably think. Shut up.
Be honest now, how many things on this list have you ever said to a diabetic :p?