On a good day, diabetes isn't a bad disease to have - I say this all the time. On a bad day, when I'm so crazy, infuriated and angry about the slightest, next-to-nothing, when I'm 'exploitative' hating myself for finding a normal day so difficult and I just can't get my sugar to come down; when I'm so scared my eye bleeds again and a world of opportunity threatening to be taken away from me; well then I'll seriously consider swapping you my diabetes for something else, you take your pick.

We sit around these closed groups, shuttered off from prying, probably numbed and uninterested eyes, ebbing closer on folding wooden chairs, and it strikes me, that to read into a diabetes blog on a personal level, to commit to comment whilst disguising our truer self from scrutiny; we are more-or-less embedding ourselves into the world of Alcoholic's Anonymous, with all inherent shame and inaccurate social conclusion.

Diabetes Awareness Week then, is that the solution? Depends on what the awareness is I suppose. Because when Diabetes Awareness stands for diagnosis, balloons popped, smiles and cheers; well that's not my diabetes, and in turn that diabetes awareness inherits me shame. But then again, as I always say, 'diabetes isn't a bad disease to have - on a good day.'

*On a good day definition

We live in a time when I won't have to wrestle a Tiger to the ground to feed my wife. I could probably even hobble to the shops for some fish sticks on an amputated foot. Also, with level sugar for a couple of day, I feel awesome.

Paul Cathcart

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Comment by shoshana27 on July 18, 2014 at 7:22am
Great
Me too
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Comment by Diabetic Dad on July 19, 2014 at 4:10am

Diabetes is a bad disease to have, no doubt. But with technology and information now, we have the opportunity to make it less bad, unlike other things like MS or Parkinson's. The one thing about diabetes is we have seen a lot of progress tying management to outcomes in ways that many with other diagnoses may only dream of. But it's still tough.

Comment by shoshana27 on July 19, 2014 at 7:55am
You are so right
I've lived with t1for over 77 years
So many improvements
Wow
Comment by Paul Cathcart on July 19, 2014 at 8:12am

What you said Diabetic Dad, about managing outcomes in ways that others may only dream of; that's beautiful and has brought a tear to my eye. Thank you. P

Comment by Diabetic Dad on July 20, 2014 at 3:47am

Thank you. I enjoy and am informed always by your posts.

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