Is it really a fight to the death?

Is it really a fight to the death?

The more I've been looking at ads and such for diabetes, the more I've looked at the words that are used when talking about the disease/disorder. Some people call it an uphill battle. Ok, I'll give you that. Others say that it's a fight? Nah, that one doesn't really apply to me. But my question is, why not call it something that applies to everyone? Like, "learning to live with it"? Or, "learning to control it"? What's wrong with that?

The problem is that there's no fear. I know this is skewed, but bear with me here. There's a fear people have about diabetes. They think, I'm going to die so why try? Or, "I don't want to know" because the more they do know, the more responsibility they have. OR they more they know, the more they understand that it won't kill you. It's very simple.

So in order to make people take care of themselves, the number one effort is scaring them into "fighting" their disease. They turn it into a fight for your life, for your health and although that's true, I don't feel that it's the best method in this maddness. I mean, the oppotunity to educate those around you is far better reaching than scaring people into what they don't understand or know.

People need to learn how to make that leap into educating themselves, opening their minds and asking a series of questions about how their bodies work and what the actual problem is in their body. Ask questions! No question is a dumb question unless you don't ask. And you have every right to know what's going on in your body.

Although it can be a battle and an uphill one at that, especially figuring out what your bumpy road is supposed to eventually lead to, what people with diabetes must understand that it's something to learn to live with. It's a part of you, like allergies. It's the same thing. Maybe it feels like cancer, which in my eyes is worse than diabetes. As chronic and as painful as it might be,  you can't avoid it. It's there and it can kill you.

We take it for granted that our bodies are supposed to work, so when they don't, we expect a doctor to fix it. Not do it ourselves. But now's the time to take control. It's your body and your health and your LIFE!

It took me a while to realize this, but now that I have and I completely understand what I have to do to keep myself healthy, I'm totally willing to do it with all my energy, if I have it or not! You know how they say to "take the bull by the horns"? Yes, do it now and this will be the greatest opportunity you will have to live a long and happy life.

Take it from me, life is not to be taken for granted. There are too many wonderful things that can and will happen to you if you treasure it to the fullest capacity. There's no time like right now. One step at a time and you can do it.


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    As a person with Type 1 diabetes for the last 20 years of her life, Christina or "Kiki" for short, decided to take it upon herself to write about her findings, experiences and struggles with her disease. Her inspiration to educate people about all types of diabetes can be found communicated in this blog.

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