The opposite discussion - What´s the most annoying comment you've ever gotten about diabetes? - have got 196 comments as I write this. It made me think about the other comments, the ones that make us empowered.
My boyfriend once silently observed me doing my math and my diabetes things wondering what on earth had happende this time. Then he suddenly said with warmth an honest admiration in his voice "You just never give up". It had never occured to me before that I actually don´t. I never give up on me handeling my diabetes. I had never thought of this before and it made me proud of who I am.
So what´s your story?
I gotta say I can see why you call that an empowering comment because it speaks to how well you are doing at managing your D. On the other hand, I'm not sure I would feel I had a "great doctor" if he couldn't remember I was Type 1! So many aspects of our health can relate to our status that it would concern me that he wasn't always keeping it in the back of his head.
I think srfitzger has a great story. Made me smile and think that somehow it´s a correct remark from the doctor. Srfitzger really has no signs of being diabetic when taking good care of himself. That must be really empowering to hear. And as he writes, he doesn´t need a doctor for other than paper work and some tests.
Thank you, Ross.
This wasn't exactly a compliment...but my doctor in Phoenix told me this and it was very empowering. When we were talking about diabetes burn-out I mentioned that I sometimes think that enjoying life right now may cut my life short, but I might consider trading a few years at the end for a more enjoyable life now.
She looked at me and said, "I truly believe that there will be a cure in your lifetime, but it will do you no good if you have developed all kinds of complications."
Kicked my butt and I think of this every time that I accidentally get into bed without injecting my Lantus. Or when I am tempted by a bad choice.
Good thread. Thanks for helping us focus on positive. :)
The food was terrible....and the portions were so small.
I didn´t get this, Shawnmarie. Could be the language since english is not my native tongue. Do you care to explain?
Just a little joke. If the food is so terrible, why do you care that you didn't get very much? It was in the movie Annie Hall. Here's the transcribed excerpt from the film for your reading enjoyment, but you should really watch the movie. :-)
Alvy Singer: [addressing the camera] There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious," and it goes like this - I'm paraphrasing - um, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member." That's the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.
As it relates to Mike's comment, it means, if obsessing about your diabetes will make you live longer, but you're miserable because you're obsessing about your diabetes, then why do you want to obsess just to live longer in a miserable life? Of course, that's not to say that Mike was talking about obsessing, but..... Clearly, explanation kills comedy. ;-)
It went right over my head as well, Shawnmarie..lol
Maybe if you'd heard it in Woody Allen's voice....
Woody Allen is great. I liked his last movie as well, "To Rome with Love". One om my favorites is "Zelig".
The whole diabetes online community is a blessing I think, so is you sharing your story, Mike. Thank you.
I love this thread and its focus on the positive! What a great way to start a new year. Thank you, Siri.
The most empowering and encouraging comment that I've received was from one of my co-workers. She told me "I'm always amazed at everything you do to take care of yourself. You're probably healthier than most people without diabetes". :)
Great when people speak their heart and not their mind. Thank you, smileandnod.