As of late I’ve encountered new people in my life, which for the most part, is a pretty wonderful thing.
BUT, (and damn if there isn’t almost always a but) I’ve heard similar phrasing from several new folks and....the terminology pisses me off.
Almost ever time a new person (s) finds out about my and D, I inevitably hear the following phrase:
NO, REALLY? I mean you look good, ESPECIALLY for a being a diabetic.
Look, I’m no Super Model, I’ve never claimed to be and I’ve never been mistaken for one, not even it the person was REALLY inebriated. I’m not writing this post so you’ll ‘wax poetic about my looks,” I don’t care if you think I’m a 1 or a 10. I’m just really annoyed about the statement as a whole.
SERIOUSLY, what the F^ck do you mean I look good for being a diabetic?
How would you like it if I said:
Your pretty smart for being such a f-ing Dumb Ass?
Or what if I told you:
But you seem so normal....Who knew that you were a complete and utter IDIOT!?
Your OK looking for someone whose butt ugly?
You have High Cholesterol? BUT you look SO normal….
DAMN, you have Colitis? WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME? Had you not told me, I never would have guessed! No wonder you passed on the bean dip!
YOU’RE ALLERGIC TO TOMATOES? My God..., you look so healthy!
I mean who the hell carved in stone that diabetics (type 1 or 2) must be tragic 24X7?
Like most people,we strive to live good lives and occasionally have moments of fabulousness.
We D folk are an impressive bunch damn it!! We are a strong, tenacious group with imperfect pancreases and the likes there of.
We are people that pull ourselves up from by our bootstraps daily because we must.
Granted, some days (weeks) are harder than others, but we hang in there like it or not, Diabetes has made us tougher individuals as a whole
We educate ourselves and others regarding our diabetes because we own our disease - and thanks to the media’s constantly bombarding the airwaves with false diabetes imaging (did you see The Panic Room?) it’s up to use to clear up all inaccuracies regarding diabetes and diabetics
We have big hearts, love laughter, and we live our lives, just like everyone else.
Why be shocked if we clean up well on occasion and continue on life’s course every single day regardless how rocky the road gets sometimes?
We are the few, we are the proud, and we - every single one of us in dblogville and beyond, are the face of Diabetes.
GET USED TO US.