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?
In mulling over this topic, I honestly don’t want to swap with anyone. Not because I loooooove diabetes so much or anything, but because I feel like, after close to 2 decades, I’m only now starting to *know* and understand my diabetes. To imagine taking on some new unknown, some new disease I would have to study and learn and learn to manage…..that sounds exhausting to me. Type A control freak that I am – it might just send me over the edge.
Also, I don’t want to belittle anyone else’s disease. I could say celiac disease might be a disease I could swap, but am I saying that because I think staying away from certain foods would be “easier” than doing what I have to do for diabetes? What do I know of the pain and discomfort that celiac’s causes? I honestly can’t say that a person with celiac’s has any less of a struggle on a day to day basis than I do. They also can have many health complications due to that disease – it may not be as immediately life-threatening as diabetes can be, but it’s still pretty serious. My heart goes out to many of my friends and their family members who have celiac’s – it is a craptastic disease as well. The unfortunate reality is, it seems like diabetes and celiac disease often go hand in hand with each other. Now that would be an awful double-whammy, and I know several of my diabetic friends who suffer from that yucky combo.
With regards to this swapping idea….it implies someone else would have to take on my diabetes. MY diabetes. I don’t wish this on anyone, and I wish I could build a diabetes-repelling-fortress around everyone I know and love.
The DOC (Diabetes Online Community, not Department of Corrections) is still a relatively new community to me, but even in my short-lived interactions, I have felt so supported and accepted that it definitely encourages reciprocation of that to others who have chronic illnesses and diseases. We all need support, understanding, and acceptance. Pay it forward, ya’ll.