It happens to us all sooner or later, no matter how long we’ve been dealing with diabetes. After all it’s a 24/7 – 365 proposition. There’s no vacation from diabetes, and it’s for a lifetime. Having to monitor numbers every day, sticking yourself with a sharp object and drawing blood, taking all prescribed medications on time every day, watching everything you eat, making sure you maintain the “ideal weight”, getting enough exercise but not going too high or too low from exercise, trying to eat “perfectly” while facing temptations at every turn……….it’s easy to understand why sometimes it just seems to be too much!!!!
And then there are the times when no matter what we do the numbers stay high and we can’t figure out why! How about the unexplained lows too, lows can feel very scary. Add to this the fact that many people don’t have a lot of support from family and friends. Diabetes, especially type-2 is very misunderstood by most of the general public. Many of the reports you read and hear suggest that it’s your fault because you gained weight, ate too much junk food, was a couch potato….in other words this is your fault and all you have to do is lose weight and exercise and you’ll be CURED!!! I have a friend that when he told his mother about his diabetes she answered: “well it’s all your fault, I told you that being so fat would make you a diabetic”. <sigh> This is a common attitude with the general public, and the current media and even medical authorities do nothing to help the situation but make it worse with their “blame the victim” information. The truth is that if you don’t have the genetic markers for diabetes you could weigh 500 pounds and never get off the sofa and you still would not develop diabetes. If you want to blame anyone, blame your ancestors (and they can blame their’s). For more on this subject read the post “Don’t Should All Over Yourself“.
As though all of this wasn’t enough there’s also the stress of everyday life, and the current times magnify this situation. Then there are the events in our life that cause even more than normal stress such as the dead of a loved one, a divorce, job loss………..
So living with diabetes is a very real challenge. I will be doing a series of articles outlining the problems and ways of recognizing and coping with both burnout and stress in the next few months. Hopefully they will help give you tools to help with these situations when they come up in your life.
We all need a friend who understands, but don’t forget that first and foremost you have to be your own best friend and look out for you!
© EMO 6/12
Knowledge is Power