Life with diabetes stinks, but I have to write about it anyway

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:19:41 AM. I don't lobby politicians for diabetes funding. I don't participate in online threads or forums about diabetes. I don't even particularly care about it, except that it affects my ability to live. So, diabetes and I have made 'friends,' in the way that the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner are friends. One is always trying to kill the other.
Today is World Diabetes Day. Frankly, it's hard for me to care, even though I've had Type 1 diabetes for 31 years. I don't lobby politicians for diabetes funding. I don't participate in online threads or forums about diabetes. I don't even particularly care about it, except that it affects my ability to live. So, diabetes and I have made "friends," in the way that the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner are friends. One is always trying to kill the other. I don't talk about it very much. I don't openly let people know I have diabetes unless I am asked. I generally steer away from it because I don't want to be known as "that diabetic girl." I already feel a bit like the Bionic Woman with an insulin pump that I constantly have to wear (and hide). I try, every day, to make diabetes a non-issue as much as possible. I do about as much for people with diabetes as Tom Hanks has since he was diagnosed in 2013. There are more important things than World Diabetes Day - like living with diabetes. Yet. Today the one thing I can do - the small talent I have as a multimedia journalist can be put to use by showing my friends and al.com readers just how much it affects every second of the day for a diabetic. I feel compelled to show this, given that I have a platform to do so. It's literally the least I can do. Take note: This is not a plea for help, or an appeal for anyone to feel sorry for me because of my chronic illness. That is, in fact, the last thing I want. I don't feel sorry for me. I...Read more
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