Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teaching others about diabetes

Tuesday, November 16: FAQ – What question do you get asked the most when you tell someone you have diabetes? Do you use any of these opportunities to help teach about diabetes, or do they get annoying? Or both?

Most people ask me if I'm Type 1 or 2 because of my age and weight.  I'm not stereotypical Type 2 as I've mentioned before.  Of course next comes out the diabetes police.  "Can you eat that?"  It's frustrating.  I've been working up to gently educating people without biting their heads off. At a church luncheon, someone mentioned the desserts my kids were eyeballing.  "But you probably can't have any of that," she innocently said.  I know she meant well, so I didn't feel defensive.  Ok, maybe a little bit, but I didn't want to act on that.  Instead I decided to educate.  "Yes, I can."  I then proceeded to explain that they were serving cold cults with rolls I decided to just take meat and cheese, no bread.  I made that choice so I can save up my carbs for dessert.  It was good to educate her and the others at our table that people with diabetes can have sweets.  Moderation not deprivation!

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