I’m on my high horse about Diabetes again for this blog. Yes, someone I love has diabetes and next Monday 14 November is World Diabetes Day.
Imagine having to give yourself multiple needles per day – could you do it?
Imagine being told you have to do this for the rest of your life – this is not a temporary arrangement.
Take a minute to consider there are no ‘days off’ or ‘holidays’ from diabetes.
Imagine someone questioning why you need to worry so much about your blood glucose levels – I’m guilty of this, but the other way around – I have been more worried with the lack of concern for the blood sugar than the person with the diabetes! I promise though it has been out of genuine concern! I can imagine my loved one’s inside face was just like Elmo’s (in the picture) though?!
FACT: Diabetes is a Chronic Disease – it is persistent and relentless.
Each day there is so much to think of as a person with diabetes – so much so that it is or can be ‘hard work’ just to keep it under control.
Do you know a person with diabetes? Have you ever respectfully asked them what their condition means to them and how it affects their everyday? By having a greater level of understanding about the condition, it allows us to increase our awareness of why their self-care is so important.
So this World Diabetes Day – Monday 14 November – take some time to:
- recognise that diabetes management can be exhausting (as with any chronic disease) and
- acknowledge those with this condition and maybe even, if appropriate, praise them for dealing with diabetes, every, single day.
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