Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?
I would love to see the perception of diabetes change within the diabetes community. I think it’s too bold to ask that society at large have a better understanding for what this disease is and isn’t while the in-fighting between people impacted by type 1 and type 2 diabetes rages on.
I’ve noticed this back and forth return a bit on My Diabetes Secret. While it pains me to publish those types of submissions, they reflect the perspective of one, if not many of the diabetes community. It’s a shame that we can’t focus our energy outwards, but if that’s where their anger is directed, there’s only so much I or any of us can do.
The change I want to see in the world can only start from within, within the diabetes community. Until we have a better understanding and respect for what it takes to live with the various aspects and permutations of diabetes, it’s premature to seek anything else.