Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another. And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like you’re at fault. Or maybe you have a fantastic healthcare team, but have experienced blame and judgement from someone else in your life – friend, loved one, complete stranger. Think about a particularly bad instance, how that person talked to you, the words they used and the conversation you had. Now, the game part. Let’s turn this around. If you could turn that person into a puppet, what would you have them say that would leave you feeling empowered and good about yourself? Let’s help teach people how to support us, rather than blame us.
This is not a blame game post. There is already so much of the blame game concerning diabetes. T1’s blame T2’s for the bad rap that they get. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease, type two diabetes is genetic and lifestyle.
In this world, of rollercoaster highs and lows, we should support one another instead of blaming and tearing one another apart. Neither type of diabetes is better or worse than the other. Both have complications.
So next time you encounter the blame game, maybe you can john the conversation and stand up for another person with diabetes. After all, we are in this thing together. <3