Diabetes Blog Week: Freaky Friday

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Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?

A chance to swap chronic diseases? Sounds like a fantastic idea when you first think about it. Diabetes is hard work. I mean, all those needles, sites, blood testing, carb counting, doctors appointments, blood tests, expensive medical equipment, hypos, hypers……

Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t…right? I wouldn’t swap my condition. T1 diabetes is manageable, and by that I mean deal-able. In general, I’m not in any physical pain, I do have to watch what I eat, but I don’t need to restrict anything, I don’t take copious amounts of medication to deal with my condition and all going well I only need to see a doctor twice a year. If I have to have something, it’s not that bad right?

The second part of the question is, ‘and while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions’?. After a quick google search, I learned that DOC stands for Diabetic Online Communities. When I was first diagnosed, I spent a bit of time on a forum for diabetes. But over time I have slowly stopped reading and participating. I’m not entirely sure why, I think that I’ve always liked to keep my diabetes to myself. I don’t like reminding myself of it, so I stopped immersing myself in it.

I am more open about my diabetes at the moment than I ever have been. Today, I met one of my first type one diabetics ever. Yup, that’s right, he was about the third person I’ve met that I’ve known was T1. I’m sure I’ve met plenty of people that were diabetic and I didn’t know it. I’ve always wanted to find some sort of T1 meet up or something to attend because I think it would be good for me to meet other T1ers.

To answer the question, I don’t necessarily think that participation in DOCs has affected how I treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions. I think the fact that I have an autoimmune disease has though. Diabetes has definitely made me understand the pain and frustration that other people can go through, at the very least on a superficial level, like never before.

 

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