D is for Diabetes - and everything that goes along with it~
I is for I - As in: “I'm a PWD (Person With Diabetes) and I don’t resemble Wilfred Brimley in the slightest."
(I also stands for INTELLECT -As in being a person with diabetes requires a certain degree of intellect on my part regarding my diabetes care. I’m acutely aware of that fact.
Medical professionals, drug companies, and John Q. Public, please make note of my intellect and that I am an exert on the subject of living with diabetes and I will do the same for you.
A is for the asinine things people say to me regarding diabetes. Examples include but are not limited too: “Your not allowed to eat cupcakes.” “Your parents fed you too much sugar as a child,” or "You take insulin? You must have the betes really bad!'
Some people are idiots.
B is for Bullsh*t: As in dealing with Bullsh*t on a daily basis. As PWDs, we deal with so much B.S including, but not limited to; dealing with the crazy insurance rules and regulations that no man, woman or child should ever have to encounter, continually being watched by the Diabetes Police, crazy blood sugars for no reason and at usually at the most inopportune off moments, and doorknobs and their magnetic attraction to insulin pumps are just brief glimpses of the continual crap storm we encounter.
E is Extra, as in EXTRA Everything. As PWDs, we must continually carry extras of absolutely everything regarding our diabetes. Test strips, lancets, insulin, infusion sets, pump batteries, and patience. Lots and lots of extra patience.
T is for Type. As in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Type 3, and Gestational.
(T also stands for tough- because all PWDs are tough)
E is for ENERGY. As in diabetes requires and takes a lot of energy. So as PWDs, we are required to have extra- see the E above the T for details
S is for STRONG and being strong requires STRENGTH. Diabetes forces us to be stronger every single day, whether we feel like it or not. And I’m incredibly grateful for the strength that being strong requires.