I've read many posts expressing anger and frustration in dealing with diabetes. Diabetic Connect is a good place to vent those feelings and to seek advice on how to deal with the challenges of living the diabetic life…and yes, it most definitely is a challenge. A recent post expressing anger at those persons without diabetes who continue to eat the stuff we diabetics should avoid led me to these thoughts. If we were blind instead of diabetic, would be expect the non-blind people around us to keep their eyes closed and not look at the world around them? If we were deaf, would we expect those with hearing to stop listening to music because we can no longer enjoy it? If we were paraplegic, would we expect the people who can walk to stop doing so because we can't? Just because we have diabetes doesn't mean that we have to impose our dietary restrictions on others. I'm happy to see my husband enjoying those foods and desserts that I now choose to avoid in order to maintain control of my diabetes. I pray he never develops diabetes because it would be a rude awakening but I wouldn't think of depriving him of the pleasure as long as it does him no harm. With the right decisions (not always easy), diabetes is manageable and we have the potential for a good quality of life. No, I'm not happy to have diabetes, but it is MY disease. I own it and the decisions I make in dealing with it. I've learned that anger at it is counterproductive. I just had to get this off my chest…thanks for listening.
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