"At least you don't have polio." - A.J.
Have you ever had someone list off conditions that they think are worse then diabetes in some half harted attempted to make you "feel better." Someone I was talking to a while back started telling me that I was lucky that I didn't have polio or cerebral palsy or some other conditions.
I really had no responce, I just nodded my head. But it still buggs me, this feeling that I should be content or maybe grateful. But being grateful implyes someone to be greatful to, And I'm not greatful to anyone for diabetes. At this point the logic runs dry and I am back to where I started- feeling confused about how to respond or feel about this succinct parable. [/quote],
"You I feel lucky I don't have polio or cancer or cerbal palsy, but it doesn't mean I feel lucky about having diabetes...
I don't think anyone who makes the comment or one similar to the one above means that you have to feel lucky about having diabetes. I personally feel that I am fortunate to have diabetes rather than hsve cancer, polio, or any of the other diseases. That isn't to say I'm thrilled about having diabetes, but it is the one disease that I am PERSONALLY IN CONTROL of. The other diseases (now think hard about this concept!) the person afflicted has no control over except to live the way they are. With cancer, they are at the mercy of an oncologist and having that poison run through their veins in order to kill the very matter that is killing their body. Whew! Not a thought I want to continue having. Polio, thank goodness, doesn't occur quite as often, but diseases such as cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis and muscular dystropy are all diseases that are not always manageable, but people live with everyday.
I have a very dear friend that I have known since elementary school. She has lived with cerebral palsy her entire life. Her speech is very difficult to understand for most people, she has a very difficult time walking and her body is misshapen. She has lived with people staring at her for always. If I don't want someone looking at me when I'm either testing or taking an injection, I can go the restroom. She can't hide and people are ugly.
I don't feel lucky that I have diabetes -- I actually feel blessed because this is a walk in the park compared to what other people are dealing with. To the other person that had posted: Life is an emotional commitment -- diabetes is just a small part of it. We want to do a job or play an instrument with skill and perfection...our diabetes deserves the same dedication.
What does bug me is poor spelling.