I don’t blame my family or anyone for not ‘getting it.’ Hell, there are plenty of people WITH diabetes who don’t ‘get it.’ The disease is not visible and it doesn’t hurt. If it resulted in a giant blotches and daily pain, lots more people would ‘get it.’
My view is that it’s our job - my job - to give them a clue. I have no issues with my immediate family (my wife is my pharmacist, by bil and sil are Type II) but my brothers and sisters don’t know. Of course, they live far away. I had a low when one of my brothers was visiting and he said “Oh. I thought you were over that.” I wish. That was a moment to educate him.
On another occassion my mother called to say “I didn’t know you were Type 1. I thought only kids got that.” Another education moment. I mailed her a bunch of material.
I find it hard to blame them for not ‘getting it.’ Before I was diagnosed I didn’t ‘get it’ either.
Add to that the fact the most people are very, very, very uncomfortable around disease and the subject of disease in general and complicate it more by the fact that diabetes isn’t visible and doesn’t hurt. AND they have their own lives. As much as I’d like them too, they don’t spend as much time thinking about ME as I do.
Finally, add to the mix the fact that many of us are always throwing up the example of Gary Hall and Team Diabetes and Nick Jonas to say “See? Diabetics can do anything YOU can do!” and of course they’re not going to ‘get it.’ We can’t have it both ways and say ‘we’re just like you’ and at the same time say 'but we’re SPECIAL, so watch out for our feelings."
Part of taking control of your diabetes (my diabetes) is helping people understand the disease and what it means on a day-to-day basis. We have to give them a reason to understand
So, maybe you can lighten up on your sister a bit if you can AND try the tennis. You might enjoy it again.