You Should Know

Day 5 of Diabetes Blog Week. The topic: What is one thing you would tell someone who doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?


This is a hard one for me. But it shouldn’t be. If you’ve followed my writing at all, you know with what vigor, emotion and honesty I’ve sought to unearth and define for myself—and for others—so many of the deep, troubling aspects of living with diabetes. I’m talking beyond the mechanics of blood sugar checks and carb counting, beyond IVs and Christmases spent in the hospital. Beyond shots and bruises and tender, hurt feelings.

These are things I never understood about myself or about life or creed or my family and the people I love. Tiny outlooks. Perceptions. Conclusions. Sentiments both large and small that arrived not at the end of some long and incredible journey as perhaps I once eluded, but which sank in slowly, over time, in the face of a mountain of resistance and struggles against them, turning them away, begging them leave us—leave her—alone. At some point there is nothing left to do but embrace them because they are all there is in this world and all there ever will be until such time as things change. And they will, one day.

Life is a revolving door. Attitudes come, attitudes go. We, too, change. We learn. We grow. We rise to the call. And I suppose if there is but one thing I would say to someone about what it is like to life with diabetes it would be that. It is a vocation, a duty, an occupation that knows no end, no weekend, no holidays, no worry-free golden years. From others it beseeches consideration, understanding, and for some: devotion, loyalty and a faithfulness that anything in life is possible with love.


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5 Responses to You Should Know

  1. Heather June 27, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I found this today: it resonates deeply with me. Thank you.

  2. MIke Hoskins May 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Incredibly insightful and well-written blog post, Steve. I very much lime how you describe the emotional and mental evolution that happens as a result of diabetes, something that isn’t known or portrayed to the non-d world. And it’s amazing how we ourselves change, and evolve, in ways we might never have expected ourselves even after living with diabetes for so long. Such significant evolutions not only specific to our lives with diabetes, but to the larger human experience and mystery. Thanks for writing this, my friend.

  3. Penny May 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    This is so very beautiful Steve. I wrote about acceptance today for what I want people to know. I love yours though, so very true.

  4. Pearlsa May 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Great! just great…

    “It is a vocation, a duty, an occupation that knows no end, no weekend, no holidays, no worry-free golden years.”

  5. shannon May 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful

    thank you

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