Do you ever feel that when you tell people that you are a diabetic, it is like telling them that you are a recovering alcoholic or drug addict? Every time I go to my parent's home my mom is sure to diabetes-proof the home, removing all sugar based foods and drinks within her home and all family member's and friend's homes as well. In fact, when my mom and sister felt that I should eat raisins and orange juice instead of coke or candy bars to bring my blood sugar up on those rare low occasions, they called my doctor to request an "intervention" with them and my family and friends. When people "catch" me dialing-in some insulin on my pump they always ask what is is, and when I tell them what the pump is for and that I am diabetic- they never quite know how to act. First is always an "ooooo, I'm sorry", followed by some questions about it, ending with a kind of congratulations on being alive because they could "never prick my own finger or give myself a shot". I feel that I should be telling them that I've been sober for 6 years, but instead of being off the sauce - I'm on the insulin. It's hard enough for me to deal with my own disease and mortality and all mental issues that go along with diabetes, but having to deal with everyone else's issues with my disease and mortality and mental issues that go along with my diabetes is very difficult and I am really tired of it. I know, I know, they are just concerned about me; they care about me; I am educating the general public about diabetes; they are not used to being faced with such issues; blah, blah, blah. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of them getting uncomfortable when I tell them than I almost died the first time I was in DKA, that I have had to decide where I want to be buried if I die, how every time my sugar gets too high and I get that really sick feeling I can't help but think about life & death. It's not like I bring this up out of the blue, I tell them these things because they ask me...I guess that is the meaning of "be careful what you ask for". At least if I were at a meeting of "diabetics anonymous" people would ask, tell, discuss, and more importantly...understand without getting weirded out.