Yesterday we wrote about something diabetes-related that we do well. Today we’re fessing up with one thing we could improve on.
There are many things I could write about, but one that immediately comes to mind is my struggle with talking about diabetes with non-diabetes people. It’s really difficult for me to tell people (especially people I’ve just met or don’t know very well) that I have diabetes – even when I want to.
I don’t totally know why. It might be because diabetes is still pretty new to me, or maybe because I feel like I have an odd case of the disease. (It’s hard enough to explain type 1 and 2 to people, let alone type 1.5!) It doesn’t help that I’m a private person to begin with and tend to feel vulnerable when I share something so personal. I fear the assumptions and judgements that might come along with people knowing my secret.
Regardless, I’d really like to find a way to talk more openly about my experience with diabetes. It is a part of who I am and what drives me. Plus, the need for diabetes advocacy and education is great – and I’d like to contribute to both in any way I can.