Diabetes is a Blessing? Umm…I Have a Problem with That…

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-09-01 10:01:09 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 15:24:06 -0500

This article really piqued my interest, how could it not? I thought, "How on Earth could someone possibly think that Diabetes is a blessing?" I tend to agree with the author of this article, I don't consider it a blessing. Some of the things, experiences and people I've met along the way, I would consider a blessing, but not the disease itself.

If I did not have diabetes, would I have met these people anyway? Would I have had some of the experiences I've had? Would I not have learned how to eat a healthy, balanced diet? I would like to think I would have, but honestly, I probably would not. I still don't consider the disease a blessing. I consider the "side effects" if you want to call them that, a blessing. I have met some really great people and have had some really terrific experiences, but, I've also met some not so nice people and have had some really horrible experiences. It may not be balanced, but it's my life.

I am sure that if I did not have diabetes, I would have had some experiences and met some people that I would feel blessed to have had/met and that I would not have needed a disease to have done so. I feel that anyone who has a disability or disease, probably, feels the same way, that it is not a blessing but the "side effects" are.

What are your feelings on this issue? Do you feel it is a curse or a blessing? Did you read the comments that followed? What are your opinions on those comments?

The comments I read seemed to me to be saying the same thing I said, but they seemed to feel blessed to have the disease in order to get to those "side effects." With those comments, I'm left SMH (Shaking My Head).

19 replies

Sherelle112 2014-08-31 17:16:48 -0500 Report

Personally I consider it a blessing!! I was on a serious path of destruction and didn't like who I was. I have proven many things to myself on this journey… I've lost weight, gained confidence, & changed my life! Do I get frustrated, YES! Do I have bad days, YES!! But I've been able to help other young diabetics & for that I'm grateful!! I believe in God and know that I'm not doing this on my own!!!

Chopstix 2014-08-24 19:42:16 -0500 Report

Every time I hear someone say this or that is a blessing or 'have a blessed day' I just want to slap the taste out of their mouth. To me, that's forcing your beliefs upon others. Real simple isn't it? Oh, damn! I forgot this is a so-called Christian country that was stolen from the the original inhabitants. By the way, I have ancestors from three(3) different continents and this is one. The other two? Go east on a globe. I've always tried to say what I say without offending others but sometimes I just don't care…

haoleboy 2014-08-24 20:07:59 -0500 Report

The concept of "blessing" is not exclusive to Christianity. Look into Judaism, Hinduism, Islam as well as Buddhism.

The native American people are a deeply spiritual people and have many blessings and prayers associated with their belief system.

I'm sure my closing must irritate you as well.


Chopstix 2014-08-24 20:12:13 -0500 Report

I just knew I had to go in someone's corn flakes!

haoleboy 2014-08-24 20:16:46 -0500 Report

you are not "in my cornflakes"

I just thought it would be fun to point out your obvious ignorance.

peace out brother

TLTanner 2014-08-25 11:32:13 -0500 Report

Sorry Steve, but I had to chuckle at all of your replies to Chopstix. I am not "Christian" in my beliefs. I am a spiritual person, not a religious one. I believe in the "old ways" and that is how I roll. But, even we use the word "blessing" in belief system and Namaste is another one we use. So…

Merry Meet and Merry Part until we Merry Meet again,


ReaderReader12 2014-08-23 06:39:40 -0500 Report

Not a blessing to have diabetes, but a powerful motivator for sure. A call to action. I think I would have found the low-carb way of eating because that is the path a family member was on. However I am not sure I would have embraced this life style change this fast and with my positive mind set that I have with the diabetes in the mix. Maybe I would have dabbled at it and half assed it like I did with other ways of trying to loss weight. This time it is not so much about the numbers (side effect) as it is about caring enough about myself to think about what I am going take in before I eat it. So I am making changes that I can live rather well with.

One example is I make pizza on my 4g carb wraps. Last night I looked up where we used to order pizza from and at our favorite pie we used to order. In one slice there were 35g of carbs. So 4 slices later we had eaten 140g of carbs. I have made many, many very easy changes in my life.

So for me I would call diabetes not a blessing, but a very powerful motivator.

TLTanner 2014-08-23 16:17:07 -0500 Report

Very well put, ReaderReader! I like that word, motivator. You are so right on that too. It does seem to motivate people a lot more than just the need to lose weight.

Thank you for your comments!


GabbyPA 2014-08-21 05:53:36 -0500 Report

I never thought about it as side effects and I guess that is a good way to put it. I do owe a lot of my health to diabetes though. Without that diagnosis, I too would be on that path Nick so eloquently describes.

It got my attention. I suppose I could sit and wonder "what if" I didn't have it, would I be on the same path? Most likely not. Maybe a better one? Possibly. But this is the one I am on and if I only see diabetes as a curse (which depending on what the meter tells me that day, it might be) then I would just be depressed all the time.

Wishing for things I don't have doesn't get me anything but frustration. Working up goals for what I want gives me direction. Diabetes did that for me.

TLTanner 2014-08-21 13:48:18 -0500 Report

Very well put too, Gabby!

Since I was 4 when I was diagnosed, my mother had gestational diabetes with all 3 kids and it didn't go away after the 3rd (I was 2nd) and became insulin dependent along the way, and then my brother was diagnosed around the age of 10; we all grew up eating pretty healthy and not having a lot of sugar in our diets. My mother, however, did believe in the concept that you can have what you want, but only in moderation. I think she was/is a great teacher.

Although it's a shame so many people needed a "wake-up call" to start on a path of healthy eating and all, it's also a shame that it has to be something like diabetes that comes "calling."

Honestly, Gabby, I didn't know what else to call all the different things and complications of diabetes that would cover them all and "side effects" is what came to mind. Glad you like it! :-)


Nick1962 2014-08-20 18:43:27 -0500 Report

I am spiritual, but not religious, so “blessing” is a word I tend not to use. I do however consider myself lucky to have had this minor fender-bender called diabetes to make me straighten up and drive safe and healthy and avoid the debilitating wreck I was on a crash course to.

IamBubbely 2014-08-20 17:32:11 -0500 Report

Different strokes for different folks. I truly don't feel that is a blessing. Although had I not been diagnosed with it, I would still be eating unhealthy.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:51:23 -0500 Report

So, the "side effect" of the disease is a blessing in your case too. Funny how life works out, isn't it?

Thank you for sharing, IamBubbely!


Type1Lou 2014-08-20 16:57:24 -0500 Report

Before I was diagnosed in 1976, my diet was terrible. I would often eat donuts or leftover pie for breakfast. Diabetes has certainly made me eat healthier, now, more than ever. Diabetes a "blessing"???…hardly. But there are worse diseases to have and I'm grateful that diabetes, with the right decisions about food and exercise, along with the appropriate medical treatment, is one chronic condition that can generally be controlled.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:18:32 -0500 Report

Yes, Louise, there are worse conditions than diabetes and I, like you, am thankful that I have something that is treatable, even if it is not curable.



jayabee52 2014-08-20 16:23:57 -0500 Report

Howdy TL
One of the things I like to do when reading an article like that is read the comment section if one is available. This comment quoted below made the most sense to me of them all, so rather than try to convey the gist of what he said I will just quote the comment:

"Michael C. Mack
We're simply talking semantics here. Tom is using the word "blessing" in one way, which, of course, impacts his opinion on the matter. Others are using the word differently. Did God create diabetes and zap me with it when I was 11? Of course not. That's not a blessing; that would be a curse. Can he bless me despite the bad circumstances in my life (that result from his giving humans freewill)? Yes. He does this all the time. The more I trust him in the midst of it, the more blessings I receive. With 42+ years of t1d behind me, I'm healthier than most other 53 year old men—that's a blessing resulting from living with diabetes. But as soon as a cure is avaialble, I'll take it!"

Also another response which resonated with me:

"Elizabeth White
For myself having had T1 for 48 years with no complications is a True blessing. Life itself is such a blessing and my life just happens to include diabetes. Every person alive has to deal with physical, emotional and mental issues, some less, some more, it's all just a part of being human. We all feel blessed at times and cursed at other times. Good and bad is what life is all about, diabetes is just part of my very blessed life. Blessings come from what we make of our challenges in life."

Sounds like both commenters have their heads on right

God's best to you


TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:17:09 -0500 Report

I agree James and that's why I like to read the comments too. Sometimes, I don't have to comment on something if someone else has already said it! Thank you for sharing those comments with us.

I hope you are doing well.

Blessings to you,