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?
Wonderful breakthrough, Kate. True words spoken sometimes have that power. Thank you for sharing.
I was diagnosed at age 5, and in 1960's diabetes care was 1/injection/day, and careful meal planning. So I 'transitioned' gradually to MDI, BG testing, etc, and never really felt like it was a big deal.
The biggest improvement/empowerment I had was after attending a T1/Pump support group, seeing others success, started the pump, and read the Pumping Insulin book. The support group members were definitely a source of empowerment, as I was challenged to achieve the same successes that they had. Before that, I didn't even know that A1C < 8 could be a reality, and my doctor thought 8-9's were good. (late 1980's).
As to a specific comment, on one occasion, I was visiting a friend with a special needs child. I complimented her and acknowledged her struggles and successes. I was surprised when she turned it around and said the same about me and my diabetes. Each of us thought the other one had a tougher challenge !
This made me cry, MegaMinxX. Thanks.
I met with a very dear friend around christmas and we spent some time together, and as we were sitting together over a glass of wine she said that seeing me handle my diabetes, only six months after diagnosis, surprised and amazed her. The fact that I seemed so in charge of my illness and so informed already, tackling all the issues with this kind of discipline and commitment was fascinating to her and actually was inspiring her to rethink her own relationship with her body and her health.
She said she felt huge respect and admiration for people with diabetes, she asked many questions and was very curious to learn and understand more about it.
The way she looked at things as a non-diabetic person left me feeling stronger and more courageous – it made me realise how important the right perspective can be when it comes to diabetes. Of course I m sure there are harder times ahead and I won't feel this positive all the time, but I m also sure I will remember that conversation for a long time and it will help me get through those tricky phases easier.
Years ago when I was expecting my daughter and was "boarder line" for gestational diabetes I was working with a midwife. I was on a restricted diet, but no medication. And at one of my checkups and I noticed that she was wearing a medic alert necklace. When I asked her about it I said that I didn't realize she was diabetic. She responded so proudly and thanked me for the compliment.
It made me wonder why she took a statement as banal as "I didn't realize you were..." as such a compliment. Years later, after living with diabetes and becoming aware of the stigmas, I can only imagine what kind of comments she heard over the years...
I had a chance as an Advocate with the CDA to visit Victoria , BC a few years back for the ASK for insulin pumps .I was introduced by my MLA ( Member of Parliament ) during the visit to the House ,beside my name MLA said " fearless and relentless " ...there is a record of this in the Hansard , parliamentary debates. http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/8-5.htm ...his introduction made me smile a lot !
I ran a "live" diabetes group in town, for well over a decade. What was empowering was when I made a comment related to diabetes, the group listened! Unlike certain doctors!!
From my optometrist: "Your eyes don't have diabetes". Not sure it's empowering, per se, but it sure made me happy :)
I've been told the same thing. It makes me proud :)
My empowering comment came from here, and with a little para-phrasing:
You are not your number.
Whether it is my A1C, or current BG, I have to remind myself every once in a while that I AM more than just that number.
My old endo was sometimes a little critical of my questions on treatment and managment and my knowledge of diabetes. It definitely rubbed me the wrong way but then he showed me that he actually respected me. He once said to a medical student (in front of me): This patient knows more than you will likely ever know about diabetes.
my son, 11 yrs old, has had T1 for almost 5 years now. several times, he's been told by his doc that he's a rock star, and that he's had the best A1c in the clinic that day. i know that really makes him feel empowered, and makes me proud of him, and of myself too!