I saw this list posted in a forum earlier and was about to write this reply when I felt that my point may require a discussion of its own,
I agree with some of this stuff, including the whole stigma thing. I detest people saying to me ‘You’re diabetic but you’re not fat. Have you lost loads of weight or something?’ No. Type one diabetes is not anything to do with lifestyle and type 2 isn’t always anything to do with it either. Dr Michael Mosely, who is a TV doctor that is very slim, has it and his diagnosis was nothing to do with his lifestyle,
But that was not the point I came here to make. One of the points written said that we look normal on the outside but on the inside are far from normal. This seems a tad dramatic to me. I am a diabetic but I am also a violinist, chorister, harpist, guitarist, composer, scientist, artist, procrastinator, sixth former, person with awful eye-sight etc etc. I do not feel inherently different to how I did pre-diagnosis. I do not feel like I once knew normal but since my immune system decided to destroy my insulin producing cells, I am now a whole new person. To me, diabetes is like the history A-Level Ive been doing this year. Its been interesting however its been a lot of hard work and effort that I would rather have not done. While I enjoyed reading about it, the actual having to do it has been tricky and a pain but it does not define who I am.
Everyone has things about them which make them different and which bring hardship on their lives: diabetes, coeliacs disease, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, history A-Level, but I think ultimately it is something that I get on with and that, while it can be disruptive, I still feel normal with it.
I would like to add that I have had my ups and downs with diabetes through my life and there have been a few years where my attendance in school has been rather low due to various problems I have faced having diabetes. It has not been a smooth run, however I feel as if I am normal and that while my blood sugar may fluctuate and while I may feel ill with it occasionally, I feel fine the vast majority of the time and I feel normal.
What are your views on this matter?