The most memorable judgment I've ever heard was right after I was diagnosed in 5th grade (10 year olds are so mean). One of my classmates turned to me and said "You got diabetes because you ate too much pie." When I told her that wasn't true, she said, "I know because my grandma has diabetes and that's how she got it." Then she walked away.
I've encountered so many situations like this that I'm numb to it but I will never forget that one because it was the first one.
im 16, and sometimes people joke about how im 'taking drugs' when i do my daily injections, its like seriously, grow up! and when people automatically assume you can't eat chocolate and silly things.
The latest one I got yesterday was "your overweight, how could you have a low blood sugar"? Grrrrr &(*&(*T&^%R&^$%
Tuesday night, I was out with friends after class, and I ordered a slice of pie (yes, I know). When it got there and I was drawing my insulin, one of the girls was like "Teowyn, should you eat that?" I just looked at her straight in the eye and said: "Don't worry, I'm not planning to eat the crust." sigh. My guesstimate of the pie (it was a creamy thing with coconut on the top) must have been accurate because I didn't go high later.
Then about an hour later (when everyone who had been drinking were on their second or third glass) someone offered me some wine, and when I said I didn't drink, they said "But you eat pie." sigh again.
Of course, this comes after the day before when I was in class, explaining why I think diabetes doesn't make good story (there's no arc unless we're dealing with a crisis, just part of life) and someone else piped up "But what about the Babysitter's Club" (which I don't remember reading by the way) where apparently, one of the girls has type 1 which makes her really skinny and wet the bed all the time. I was stunned into silence (although thinking back, that kind of proves my point, the books had a character with diabetes, but the books couldn't be about her struggle--they were about babysitting, with diabetes as a background part of the character) that this is the thing they associate with the disease.
Teowyn....you will NEVER make non diabetics understand fully! It's the way it is. People (no matter how close they are to you) will not fully understand 'till they have to deal with it THEMSELVES. That with ANY chronic condition.
Bet you felt like pushing the pie in her face though ;P
Amen, I am seriously finding that out the hard way. However, in truth, sometimes the same things goes for diabetics too. There just doesn't seem to be an urgent need to read, unless you are forced to by some circumstance.
re. pushing the pie in her face:
Nah, I'd already taken my insulin. On the other hand, I felt like pointing and making rude comments when she got her second beer.
I'm sometimes nervous after injecting in public, especially if there's a cop around, but no one's ever given me grief about it yet (touch wood). I've heard the stories though--but a series of vignettes on the funniest things that ever happened because of diabetes would be fun, but wouldn't make a good novel.
Even a simple "oh you got diabetes... that sucks"... uh YEAH I KNOW....
How dare you?
Tell me, I’m wrong, for what I plan to do?
You don't know, or care what I've been through.
The only time you care is when I might enjoy my life.
How dare you?
Need to tell you, I’ll do what I like.
Sure you'll be there to catch me if I fall?
I know you will, you’d like that, prove you right, once again, laughing as I crawl.
Won't show on your face,oh no.
This time, think I'll forgo all your pity, stand tall, and keep my pride.
Someone else, now stands at my side,stronger,wiser,and no longer in need of you.
Want to know who?
How dare you?