Part of the social stigma of Diabetes I think comes from misuse of the term Illness. It has recently dawned on me how much I hate the term Illness, diabetes is not the flu, it is not an Illness. I do not see myself as ill, I see myself as having a condition. Does Diabetes make life harder yes but we are not sick.We are healthy people who run marathons, compete in triathlons, play professional sports, work our butts off and LIVE life. We are challenged yes but not sick.
So do you think of yourself as having a Chronic Illness, or just a Condition. It may only be words but words have power.