It's easy to FEEL OVERWHELMED
dealing with a vast amount of information sometimes used as
a recipe for building the perfect Diabetic. There is just so much
time, resources and effort a person can commit to a complex condition
before the demands of an unrealistic lifestyle begins to take
its toll leading to BURNOUT.
AND LACK OF SUPPORT I feel, is one of the most difficult
obstacles that comes from struggling with a condition few understand
especially when represented in the media by a few upbeat success
stories. People need to be informed that this disease affects
everyone in different ways. This can result in a LOSS
OF SELF-ESTEEM from battling a condition that too many
people take for granted, or misrepresented by easy treatments,
lifestyle changes, fad diets, or quick cures.
of the least understood aspects of Diabetes is DEPRESSION.
It would seem obvious to assume that individuals with a chronic
condition would not always have a fun time dealing with it. There
is strong evidence however that there is, inherent with this disease,
vastly increased instances of clinical depression. Perhaps this
is a result of the powerful chemical imbalances individuals with
constantly variable blood sugar levels or other unknown factors.
Unfortunately one of the leading causes of death in Diabetics
Solution to these problems I feel,
is to better educate the public so
that they understand how difficult it is
to manage this condition. I believe what is needed is more
support for helping us balance the
aspects of this disease that we can control, without the burden
of insurance discrimination, lack of access
to heath care services, the unaffordability of medications, and
the support of research leading to a cure.
does it feel to have
a itch you can never scratch"? -from the film, Bladerunner
the need to
too many people life with Diabetes is all about taking shots and not
being able to eat sweets.
me Diabetes is living with:
Anger, fear, denial, injustice, loss of sight,
uncertainty, loss of spontaneity , subjugation, discrimination, stupification,
insensitivity, nerve damage,
complications, loss of freedom, poverty, isolation, humiliation, exploitation,
loneliness, hopelessness, misrepresentation, dehumanization, and slavery.