Diabetes: Why Be Sorry? I'm Not.

Diabetes: Why Be Sorry? I'm Not.

"Ironically, many times the people who give me the pity-party reaction are actually much less healthy than I am."

It's pretty predictable: Any time I tell someone I have type 1 diabetes, they get this really sad look on their face, and say, "I'm so sorry."  Or something along those lines.

It's gotten so that I'm pretty sick of hearing those words.  The way they look at me, you'd think I was at death's door.  But realistically, there is nothing wrong with me -- I'm pretty healthy, except for the one small problem that my body can no longer manufacture its own insulin.

Luckily, I've got drug companies to do that for me.

Ironically, many times the people who give me the pity-party reaction are actually much less healthy than I am.  They smoke; they have heart problems; they are overweight.  It's at these times when I actually think, "Thank heavens all I've got is diabetes!"

In reality, being diagnosed as diabetic has done nothing but GOOD things for me.  It's made me more aware of what I eat, of my weight, of how much I need to exercise, of how certain habits (not getting enough sleep, drinking too much soda, etc.) affect my body.  It's also meant that I have the connections to participate in medical studies, which pay me for my time and participation, and which also help to make me a healthier person.

In fact, I'd venture to say that I am actually healthier being diabetic than most of the non-diabetics who tell me how sorry they are.  So you know what?  YOU may be sorry, but I'M sure not!