Dialogue: noun. A literary work in conversational form. Conversation
We talk to our friends about the latest movies, the hottest trends and the juiciest gossip in Hollywood. We share with our families about the day at work, our school projects and the neighbors dog. But do we have open conversations about diabetes in the same way?
Does your spouse know when you are feeling crappy because your glucose levels are not in control? Does your child understand that you have an illness that they cannot see, but is no less serious? Do you share with your closest friends the struggle of their seemingly thoughtless temptations?
I am in no way advocating that we become obsessed with complaining about every little thing. Actually, I am not advocating complaining at all. Just making conversation, and moving on to another subject. Do we openly discuss what our diabetes does to us emotionally, physically and even mentally just as if it were the norm? Why not? It's not all bad…but it is all a part of us.
I know we have a wonderful support system of people here that totally get it when we have to vent or when we had a great doctor visit. I would rather spew a little here and have a good family time at home. Sometimes though, we need to be honest with those we love the most about the seriousness of our illness. Sharing my up's and down's with you all is very helpful, but my family needs to know as well.
From day one, I have always discussed my goals, my hopes and my challenges with diabetes with my husband, mom and even my step-daughter. My best friend knows and we share a lot. When she was diagnosed about 6 moths after me, I was there for her, and I am glad to have been so open then, because it continues now. And she is not afraid to ask those hard questions.
I could not live a day without talking about my diabetes. I don't do it to gain sympathy. Often it gets a challenge from someone if my day is not going well. That is good for me. I am strong and I have grown much in this struggle. But I cannot do it alone. No one should have to.