Besides mentoring with younger, newly-diagnosed diabetics, I don't really hang out or associate with other diabetics. That is why I joined this website... to get to know more people in my situation. I was kind of thirsty for a change of perspective. However, as I read posts and blogs and talk to other people on here, I can't help but notice how melancholy a lot of you guys are. And I really just don't understand it.
Maybe it is my attitude or personal situation but I just do not understand why everyone is so upset about having this disease. I remember being 12 and waking up in the PICU after being unconscious for a day and scared to death. I had no idea what was wrong. After my mom told me I was diabetic, I was honestly relieved and, ultimately, thankful.
Here's why. I thought I had cancer and I don't. Millions of people have AIDS and cancer and leukemia and extremely debilitating diseases-- but we don't. Some people cannot walk or talk or see or hear-- but we can. They cannot have children or maybe if they do, they won't see them grow up-- but we can. Some people do not even survive after their first breath...
But we do.
I am not saying diabetes is easy, it takes a lot of work and it can be frustrating and there are some possible complications. But, in the grand scheme of things, I just don't see how it is something worth crying over. Next time you get frustrated and sick of being a diabetic, remember how much worse your life could be. I guarantee you diabetes is not going to be as bad when you realize that.
Just a little bit of perspective.