8 Terms That Are Harmful to the Diabetes Community
When blood glucose levels become hard to control, the condition is sometimes referred to as “brittle.” Accepting the label of being a “brittle patient” comes with the implication that it’s useless to try to manage your diabetes or that your doctor has given up on you. It’s better to work with your health-care team to manage your condition with improved treatment and support. This is a time when you really need to lean on your doctors and learn all you can about your diabetes.
Everybody goes through bouts of denial. For some people living with diabetes, some behaviors that may be interpreted as denial may in fact be a simple lack of understanding of their disease. If there is something you don’t understand, talk to your health-care team to get the answers and support you need. If you are experiencing denial, try to communicate your frustrations with your doctor. They may be able to help you with your situation. Don’t let denial get in the way of your health care — it only hinders your ability to take care of yourself, and it keeps others from being able to help you.
Being called a failure is depressing, especially if you believe it. Managing diabetes is complex, and it often comes with its share of shortcomings. But you’ll need to be resilient if you’re going to successfully manage it. Anytime you fall short of a goal, try looking at it as a chance for a new opportunity. If your plan and treatments do not work for you, talk to your health-care provider about other options and other medications. Diabetes is not a static condition, and your treatment plans are apt to change over the years. That has less to do with failure and more to do with the dynamic nature of diabetes.
If you have diabetes, you are not your condition; it does not define who you are. Thinking of yourself as a diabetic can restrict how you see yourself and how you let others see you. It can cause you and others to dwell on the things in life that you cannot do and cannot have. By turning it around and seeing yourself as a person who has diabetes, it becomes easier to focus on your ambitions and the things that you can do.
Go ahead and think of yourself as you are: a person who happens to have diabetes. Shrug off the negative labels and reclaim your life, your creativity, and your health, both mental and physical. Help others see you as an individual first.
Managing diabetes can become downright exhausting, as the condition requires a lot of energy and effort to be appropriately handled. It’s not uncommon for people with diabetes to experience burnout while trying to stay on top of their condition. Click the link below to learn more about diabetes burnout and what you can do to combat it.