There are certain feelings that are fairly universal to anyone who has diabetes, regardless of type. You might share the same hopes and fears, the same frustrations, or even a similar management plan. However, there are a lot of feelings and experiences that are unique to each individual.
Because diabetes is a condition that has to be managed every moment of every day, and because it can affect so many facets of your life, you most likely take it pretty personally. Meaning: you probably have a lot of very strong feelings about your condition. And even if you can relate to a lot of the feelings other people have about the same disease, you most likely have some opinions that are specific to your own experience.
So, let’s take a look at what diabetes means to some people. When you’re done, we’d like to hear from YOU. Let us know in the comments below what diabetes means to you!
Note: Some quotes have been edited for length.
1. Did you poison the birthday cake!?
“Diabetes is having to explain why it is ok for my kid to have a piece of cake at a birthday party.” —Reddit user Luder714
2. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
“Diabetes is grabbing a Coke in the grocery store, chugging it to avoid passing out from a low, and then smiling sheepishly at the cashier as they scan the empty bottle you hand them.” —Reddit user bionic_human
3. If only I could turn this into a cool party trick…
“Diabetes is not feeling that one finger you use to much.” —Reddit user Nerdalert00Whizzco