Just curious how you view having to cope with diabetes. In simple would you consider it
1. A total nightmare that has turned your world upside down. You'd pay millions (if you had it) to be free
2. An inconvenience that can be a pain in the A. Ehhh things could be worse.
You may be in the middle somewhere but if you have to pick one which best describes your feelings. You know my feelings so I won't bother voting.
Absolutely #2. Living with diabetes since age 5, and it's all I know.
I am closer to #2. With caveats--there are times, especially with painful hypos, that I say, "I hate this f***ing disease." But it is also fascinating to observe my mind/emotional state, and see how I have adjusted (thus why it is #2 for me). I just have accepted that this is my life. I don't ever expect to see a cure for autoimmune diabetes in my lifetime; but I do hope for better technology that will improve my life. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 35, so I vaguely remember life without T1 diabetes.
#2 I won't let it do anything else.
#2 for me also. I got over the resentment many years ago... life is too short. Of course, I have been known to say "I hate this!" over and over when treating a hard, fast low and pouring sugar liquids down my throat. Thankfully that's not often these days.
#2 , I have gotten past the #1 phase, and choose not to let the diabetes win...
For me #1. I've had complications the worst is neuropathy. No feeling in lowers legs and hands. Lost my job and now on disability. I type with one finger.
#2. While I hate this condition some days, it has given me a lot of positive things. I am highly organized (because you have to be when you always have to think ahead to what you'll be doing or will need D-wise in order to stay alive) and I'm definitely a lot stronger (physically and mentally) than others around me. I have coworkers who will take off from work for the tiniest sniffle or ache; I think because w T1D you never know how you're going to feel from minute-to-minute, you have to learn how to work through not feeling "great" and just persevere. I have also always been very athletic and having T1D has made me more in tune with my body and, in my opinion, a better athlete as a result. I have always had to work a bit harder in athletics than other people and, again, having D has made this easier for me.
Having T1D has also made me feel fortunate for the life that I have. Yes, I could say that it's not fair that I have type 1 diabetes and have to deal with all the crap it comes with, but it's also "not fair" that I'm white, well-educated, have a great job, have great health insurance, and never have to worry about where my insulin and pump supplies are coming from.
While I hate the idea of what this disease is doing to my body on a daily basis, I am so thankful that I have access to all the things that I need to stay on top of it. I only wish others living with D were so lucky.
#2, what else can one do, obey the rules as far as one can, accept it & get on with life, but I would give a lot to get rid of it. Way before anything else like Celiac & arthritic fingers,
#1....T2 late in life. Inside out and upside down. I despise everything to do with it. I take care of myself out of a sense of duty to family. Without that, I'd give up......