I Wish People Knew That Diabetes

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Last year, I Wish People Knew That Diabetes showed me the great sense of community that exists within the Diabetes Online Community. Today is the second annual I Wish People Knew That Diabetes day, and I’m sharing a few of mine right here. Jump onto social media and share yours today using #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes. Creator Kelly Kunik has written about it here and be sure to check out the official I Wish People Knew That Diabetes website at iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes.org.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes education, healthcare, supplies and insulin are not equally accessible in all parts of the world.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes has given me a voice, and a passion that I feel so strongly about in life.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes has not stopped me from living a relatively normal life.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes means that I can eat anything. I just need to count carbs and give insulin shots.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes means I know so much more about being healthy than I ever did in my life before.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes makes me feel guilty and judge myself.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is more than scare tactics, threats and complications. There are real people living with it.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes campaigns are not always representative of people who are actually living with diabetes.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes has a lot of stigma and misinformation attached to it.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is not something that ANYONE asked for.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is not necessarily caused by being overweight or not exercising.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes does not make me a “diabetic.” I am a person with diabetes.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes wreaks havoc on my emotions. At any given moment.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes interrupts my sleep. Every. Single. Night.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes affects those who love me, just as much as it affects me.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes makes me feel isolated and alone at times.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is so much better with the support of the Diabetes Online Community.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes means I get to chat with the wonderful Oz Diabetes Online Community on Twitter every Tuesday night at 8.30pm AEST.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes has given me connections all over the world, some of whom I call friends.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is something that fits into my life. Not the other way around.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is not something to be ashamed of.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes has made me a stronger person.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes is never easy.

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes doesn’t mean that I see myself differently to anyone else (even if I am…)

I Wish People Knew That Diabetes means that I can still do amazing things.

 

(Today I’m dreaming of the amazing Coffee and Cannoli at Rossinis on Sydney harbour…)

5 thoughts on “I Wish People Knew That Diabetes

  1. Great list, Frank, and I will have a hard time thinking of new ones tomorrow in the US. With Diabetes Blog Week coming up soon, it will be a year since I “met” you online. You and your blog have grown exponentially in the last year! I Wish People Knew that Diabetes has introduced me to wonderful people all around the world.

  2. I love the list Frank. It is an amazing potential tweet list. I bet some folks (ok me) will be using this for their effort .

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of April 18, 2016.

  3. I wish more people knew that they can deal with diabetes for much of their lives. May 10 will mark 55 years since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Back then my doctor gave me a large glass syringe, a large needle and a whetrock to sharpen the needle with, and slow-acting insulin. I am thankful that so much progress in treating diabetes has been made since then. Your blog reflects much of that progress.

  4. Yes Lynnard, I agree. In October I celebrate my 68th anniversary as a Type 1. Two of my siblings were Type 1 also, but they both died from diabetic complications. I had it the longest, and I have done the best. I have written a book about what I do to get and stay healthy everyday. It is in Kindle, “Designing your Diabetes Wellness Plan, 10 Proven Principles to a Healthier Lifestyle”. Mary

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