Disease or Medical Condition/Problem

By JSJB Latest Reply 2012-04-03 09:32:04 -0500
Started 2012-03-18 05:17:41 -0500

I don't know about other people who are diabetic but calling it a disease makes me feel like I should be quarantined or something. I prefer to call it a medical condition or problem. Even thought the definitian of disease describes a problem with a body part that is not functioning. What do you all think?

44 replies

socialworkgeny 2012-03-22 22:33:29 -0500 Report

i call my diagnoses "issues or ailments" i have so many it seems like i can just add diabetes but i have to admit that diabetes is probably the hardest one to deal w/. ive dealt w/chronic and persistent pain since 2002 but all ive been through (death, abuse, etc) none prepared me for what ive dealt w/this diabetes! and its only been just over a year…"constant companion" i like that too.

JSJB 2012-04-03 04:27:42 -0500 Report

I like it to I guess we all have different titles for the problem and it all comes down to DIABETER.

Lakeland 2012-03-22 19:43:33 -0500 Report

I like to call it a disease. it keeps me taking it seriously, I've seen my family members, go on dialysis, lose digits get nasty, foot ulcers. it's a serious disease, it can be managed, but don't put a nice spin on it, it's a nasty one if you don't keep on top of it.

Lizardfan 2012-03-21 20:45:28 -0500 Report

I refer to myself as having a *progressive disease* that happens to be diabetes. I phrase it like that to keep in the forefront that I need to be mindful of how diabetes can progress without my attention. It keeps me on my toes!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-20 21:52:07 -0500 Report

I like to think of myself as an individual that has a condition that I have to live with! I know D is a disease, am not ready to call it that or to be referred to as a disease! I am ME!

roshy 2012-03-20 18:48:23 -0500 Report

when i was on needles i referred to myself as a needle poppin juvey!!!

when i was younger i never liked the term diabetic!! i felt so labelled and overcome with "different" from everyone else syndrome that id give out to anyone who called me diabetic id end up screaming at them "Nooooo , get it right i HAVE diabetes" but when i reached a more maturer age i just accepted it!!! this is the world i live in!! theres no point in getting angry or upset about it!! theres worse things that you can be called then a diabetic!!

dietcherry 2012-03-18 21:04:38 -0500 Report

Ive always called D my constant companion, no more no less.

jigsaw 2012-03-19 15:29:09 -0500 Report

Your absolutely, positively correct ! Look at it this way, when you have the measles, they don't call you a measle, or if you have the mumps, they don't call you a mump ! So why should someone with diabetes be called a diabetic ?
I didn't check it out, but I think a disease would be either bacterial or viral in nature. Diabetes is a condition, high blood pressure is a condition, and so is high cholesterol. that's my story and I'm stickin to it!!!

dietcherry 2012-03-19 18:28:09 -0500 Report

When I had the measles they called me connect-the-dots ;)

JSJB 2012-03-19 17:51:24 -0500 Report

Thank you and I'm sticking to your story. It is bad enough that we have a condition like this but don't make it sound that we are infected with it. We didn't get it from someone. Have a Nice Day

KarynCandy29 2012-03-18 15:06:37 -0500 Report

I, too don't care what term is used.I did have someone ask me if it was a disease, when I said yes..they backed away ,I ask them why they did that ..they said that didn't want to catch it seeing it's a disease.."""what can I say she was One Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl."""

jigsaw 2012-03-20 21:53:27 -0500 Report

Maybe you were lucky that they backed away ! A person like that could have something contageous and not even know it !!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-18 14:47:14 -0500 Report

I think it is how you feel about it. I don't call it a disease or problem, but diabetes. That word to me explaines it all, especially when talking to someone in the medical field:)

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-18 14:28:17 -0500 Report

I'm not too worried about which word is used - although I did stop and think a little while ago and decide on condition instead of illness or disease. Condition doesn't make me feel ill! And I don't want people to think of me as diseased!

But I want the medical community to use whatever language is necessary for people to recognize that it is serious, life-threatening, and overall health-threatening. Though I may feel great today, I will have to work every day of my life to try to keep myself well. (Admittedly, if I were a 95-yr-old recently diagnosed I might not be quite as concerned.)

Young1s 2012-03-18 14:21:06 -0500 Report

I would have to agree with T1Lou that diabetes by any other name is still diabetes. The only difference I see in calling it a disease or condition is the latter merely softens the blow. That being said, I have on many occasions referred to it as the new annoyance in my life. Because it's annoying to not have my levels normal consistently, figuring out foods that won't elevate my levels, exercising on days when I don't want to, going to more doctors appointments within months than in previous years, and all the others things that come with having diabetes. But they're annoyances that I can live with.

QueenJeanne 2012-03-18 13:21:44 -0500 Report

I agree with you and I apologize to everyone. Medical condition is the correct terminolog. Thanks JSJB for your perspective. Hugs and Kisses.

Type1Lou 2012-03-18 12:34:23 -0500 Report

I, personally, don't care what term is used. Like Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."…or to paraphrase him, "Diabetes by any other name would still be a challenge." Rather than fret about nomenclature, I'd rather concentrate my efforts on dealing with it.