OK people of the site, im asking a question what do you call your diabetes??
Ive had type one for nearly eight years and i remember when i was newly diagnosed i hates the teram 'diabetic' I felt like eh no, im a person with diabetes not a diabetes labelled person!!! then over time i didnt mind what people said whether it was the doctors in the hospital or my friends referring to my diabetes!! sure its only a term at the end of the day!!!
Ive talked to others on the site and they referr to it as a disability! i can agree to some level. I believe disability occurs pyhsicaly but emotionally and socially and extremely psychologicaly ! I think we have all had our moments when we felt isolated or discriminated in some form! However diabetes is a discredited disability because our impairment is not immeditaly recognised byt the rest of society!! therefore we deal with the isolation and prejudices alone!!
Ok then theres the big D word!!! DISEASE!!! i think if i was to confirm that i wam living with a disease i would get pretty pesimistic farely fast!!! And lets not forget chronic illnes. !! Degenerative terminal illness!! auto immune defficincy !! ouch!! they sting a little bit more dont they???
And being a type one theres the whole needle poppin, finger pricking aspect!! what am i ? a human pin cushion, a slave to the needle and meter!! a liberal self harmer!! forever dependant on clear juice!! ive recently start pumping so now i referr to myself as half human half machine!!!!!
So when your asked to describe your condition what do you say??
I suppose diabetic needle popper is a simple way of putting it! but does reality set in when you are described with a chronic disease??
Shine a little light on this topic and share some experiences!!
Thanks for reading!!!
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