I had a difficult situation the other night with some friends who are very wary of modern medicine, and way into natural remedies, supplements, etc. Basically, they kept harping on me about why I’m not trying to “go off” insulin, and “why on earth would I want to go on an insulin pump?” Usually in situations like this I do a little education and diabetes myth-busting and things work out. But in this situation, even though I tried to explain that because I’m Type 1 I will always have to take insulin, etc., they seemed like they didn’t believe me! They seemed really skeptical that I had to take insulin for the rest of my life, and I came away feeling really judged, like they thought that maybe I just wasn’t trying hard enough, exercising enough, or eating right or something.
I wrote about it in detail on my diabetes blog if you’re interested in reading it all: http://theinsulincrowd.blogspot.com/2011/01/judgement-skepticism-ignorance.html
Basically, what I want to know is how do you all handle situations like this? Have you ever dealt with this before? When even educating someone doesn’t change how they feel?
Feeling very frustrated . . . . Any thoughts would be helpful.