I searched through to see if anyone else had mentioned this and I don't see it out there. I'm having more and more friends and family email me, text me, call me, PM me on Facebook or even post directly to my wall telling me that I can just cure my type 2 diabetes if I go Vegan, or start ingesting "living essential oils" or take this vitamin or that herb.
Does anyone ever get sick of this, like I am?
How do you deal with these people nicely?
I've written a couple of posts lately to state to them that there is no cure, but that there is management until a cure can be found. Sure, a type 2 can get back into the good blood sugar realm with diet and exercise, but its not Reversing Diabetes or Curing Diabetes... once you have it, you have it. Yeah, I can manage it better and maybe be off medicine for awhile, but I am still a Diabetic. I've posted the facts from several sites; foremost, the ADA. But still, they do not read all they do is tell me I'm close-minded. I read and read and read and research some more on this, because I am a Diabetic. Anyway. I'm just curious how others handle this. I'm trying to be as positive as possible and be courteous and say thanks, but at the same time, I feel the need to educate them a little more so that they understand.
Any advice would be great. :) I appreciate it very much. Even if you just want to share your stories and frustrations about this here, that would be cool too. We all might be able to learn something.
Also, if there is a post out here somewhere that I'm not aware of, and anyone wants to point me to it, that would be great too! :)
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Ask them to give you a big hug...it's not a cure but everyone needs a big hug especially a PWD...
Love it John!
Oh, I just loooove the cure crap. "Did you know snake venom cures diabetes?" "Did you know fruit juice cures diabetes?" "Did you know that exercise and a paleo lifestyle cures diabetes?" "Did you know that using a certain kind of exercise machine cures diabetes?" "Did you know that acupuncture cures diabetes?"
For god's sake, people, NOTHING CURES DIABETES!!! If you want to do something useful, you can donate money to the JDRF or other research fund, instead of giving the fake cures publicity.
(They annoy me, too.)
This is great. :) I love the "do something useful" instead of wasting their money on fake promises, put that money into JDRF or ADA. :)
You can always say something like, "I appreciate people trying to offer cures, but I'll be getting all my proper medical advice from people who actually understand the complexities of diabetes. The medication I take and how I choose to deal with this complex disease is between my doctor and me, and I'd appreciate it even more, instead of offering snake oil, people would respect this fact. Because you know what they say: alternative medicine that works is called medicine."
A "thanks but no thanks" and "here are some boundaries that you need to follow" kinda post. You need to set up boundaries (and enforce them) for your own sanity.
Sorry people are being jerks.
I think they all mean well, in their own way, but it just frustrates me sometimes and I want to bang my head on my keyboard and yell "Why?!" LOL I love the way you put this above, it's perfect. :) Thank you!
I just laugh, but I have to admit that when my niece went onto the Gerson therapy to cure her cancer I cried. She died early this year. Incidentally, in case you didn't know, Gerson cures diabetes as well, so we'd better get going with the coffee enemas, the caster oil enemas and buy the very expensive juicer from them so we can drink carrot juice until we turn orange LOL
Hugs to you,
:( I am so sorry to hear that Maureen. That is sad. I've heard so many bad things about that therapy. I have a cousin who is buying into the "living essential oils" that she is swearing is curing my Aunt right now, she sent some to me and I sent them back with a "thanks, no thanks", because I know she spent a good deal of money on them. Snake oil is still around, it's just called "living essential oils" now. Hugs to you as well. (and there's no way I'm turning into an Ompa Loompa)
I don't publish my health issues anywhere but here and on another forum. I don't try to educate my friends and family, it is a lost cause in my opinion. You could give your friends this link: http://www.diabetesdaily.com/voices/2012/06/non-diabetics-guide-to-...
This is awesome Karen. Thank you VERY much! :) you rock!
Awe, thanks back at ya. You rock too - it takes one to know one. I surround myself with rock stars :)
It doesn't bug me that much, I'll try to help people where I can, sell my "vision" of diabetes of all types being about balance, rather than "high" or "low" and vus other theories, depending on what the questions are. I try to let people know that kicking ass is important and that I kick ass but I think a lot of people may stop listening when I say doctors are idiots and that the goals propounded by medical societies in general are as much of the problem as solutions. I probably get as much conversation out of being "a guy who exercises" as I do about being a "guy who has diabetes" but I'm pretty "out", freaky D tattoo, etc.