Hello DBlog Universe!
Last year I participated in this event and had a wonderful time writing a post each day, meeting new blogger friends, and having a lot of great feedback from the community in general, so this year I’m coming out of my blogging hibernation to contribute. Of course, I’m late starting, but I love that I can post about any of the topics and still add join in the discussions.
So to begin with Day 1 — Change the World
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to post onto this topic because, as you can probably tell from my blog, I’m not a big diabetes activist. However, as soon as I read the “do diabetes misconceptions irk you?” I was hooked. There was something I could sink my teeth into.
Diabetes misconceptions don’t necessarily bother me, it is what people do with their misconceptions. I don’t expect a lay person to understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, or that we (T1Ds) count carbs and don’t care about sugar (see my post/rant on that fun topic), or even that we can’t be “cured” (that’s a big one), but when you insert your well intentioned (or not) advice, “wisdom”, and general no-idea-what-you’re-talking-about arguments and try to tell me how to handle MY diabetes… we gonna have words.
Alright, that ended a little harshly, but the idea rings true.
To be told you have a life-altering disease, to struggle everyday, to experience emotional highs and lows (and blood sugar ones too), and to come to the realization you will never again live without the awareness diabetes brings cannot easily be understood, even by family members. But that is what we deal with everyday. Quietly and without drama we handle the million little things that come with diabetes and the million little things that come with life. I’m not even sure I think about it anymore. So when someone who has not experienced those million different things speaks out of a place of ignorance, my frustration rises.
However, if you seek to know, to understand, I will meet you there in appreciation. I will share my diabetes with you and help you grasp some of what I experience. I recently heard a wonderful acronym for the word LOVE…
L — Listen
O — Observe
V — Validate
E — Encourage
There is no better way to approach an unfamiliar person or situation than with those four actions. We could all use a little LOVE in our interactions.