Diabetes Isn’t Even That Bad

WRITTEN BY: Mary Belle Johnson

Let me tell you why the statement above is a load of crap.

1. Our bodies are waging war against themselves

2. It takes us longer to heal when we get hurt and it takes us longer to recover from illnesses because our immune system is jacked

3. We could die at any moment without warning

4. Low blood sugars feel like you’re going through drug withdrawals

5. High blood sugars feel like your body is drying out like a raisin

6. Afraid of needles? Well tough! We need to prick our fingers 3+ times a day, and either pierce yourself every 3 days for a pump site change or take 4+ injections everyday

7. Our organs are slowly failing

8. We have a high chance of going blind

9. We could lose our feet and legs

10. Insulin is crazy expensive

11. Testing strips are crazy expensive

12. The constant highs and lows drain us

13. We can’t just eat food right away. We need need to calculate how many grams of carbohydrates are in our food, test our blood sugar, configure in a correction if need be, dose, and by the time we take our first bite; everyone else have already finished

14. Doctors are super expensive

15. Pumps, Meters and CGMs are really really expensive

16. No one ever takes our illness seriously

17. Having children is VERY risky for lady diabetics

18. The constant fear we have when we go to sleep knowing that we might not ever wake up due to low blood sugars at night

19. The bruises and scars all over our body from YEARS of injections, site changes and finger pricks

20. How our feet and hands are always freezing due to our poor circulation

So tell me again how my suffering “isn’t that bad.” Make another joke about the worst thing that has probably ever happened to us. Laugh again when you say, “All of this food is going to give me di-ah-beet-us.” So just think about that next time you want to say something about diabetes.

Mary Belle Johnson

Mary Belle Johnson has been living with Type 1 diabetes for eight years. She was diagnosed November 20, 2008 when she was 8 years old. She lives in North Carolina by the water and loves it there!