1: Diabetes is not a character flaw. It’s a disease.
2: People tell me: “shouldn’t you have some more potatoes and corn, instead of that piece of birthday cake” - I say: "I have been trained to know what a carbohydrate is and how to match the amount of insulin to the number of carbs/protien/fiber that I am going to eat, can you?"
3: I was home sick from work for one day last week and when I returned the next day - one of my co-workers asks me (without knowing or asking why I was away) “are you looking after your diabetes properly, you know you should be”. I simply answered “yes, I am”, but I wanted to say “maybe you should be telling me how to look after myself, as it seems you’re an expert”.
4: Here’s another comment: “your blood sugars would be perfect if you ate better”. Guess what: none of the tools we have can do as good a job as a healthy pancreas. I can eat the exact same healthy breakfast every day, with the same amount of insulin, and one day I may be over my target, and another day I may be under - there are so many variables.
5: Some people say: “People with diabetes should eat “sugar free” foods” - many “sugar free” foods have as much or more carbs than regular food - and they usually cost more - I say “thanks, but I like real food, not all that artificial stuff”.
6: I don’t need any special diet, and you don’t need to make me a different meal.
7. Being diabetic means I eat healthy (I try to stick close to the food guide - which EVERYONE should do) and I exercise regularly.
8. I’m the same as you (the non-diabetic), except that I wear my pancreas on the outside of my body.
9. Myth: being fat means you eat way too much. There are many body types in the world (just like greyhounds vs. St. Bernards in the dog world - losing weight won’t turn a St. Bernard into a greyhound - it would just make him into a grumpy, too-thin St. Bernard) - Know your body type, accept it, and have realistic goals.
10: The most important thing I would like to say to a non-D is: "I would love to sit down with you sometime to explain to you everything that I need to do to “look after myself” so that you can be better informed, and then maybe you wouldn’t be so quick to judge me…but yes…I know, maybe later…
(points #1, #4 & #9 above were paraphrased from “Diabetes Myths, Misconceptions, and Big Fat Lies!” by Kris Swenson and Betty Brackenridge, which were points that I totally related to)