Every once and a while I get that one person who just doesn’t understand diabetes. Before now I would just nod my head and stay silent, all the while inner Rachel is boiling with anger and the need to educate.
About six months ago I was at a Christmas party and I wore a fleece jacket that said “Stop Diabetes” with the ADA logo in the corner. A gentleman came up to me and said; “Stop Diabetes? Can’t you just stop eating doughnuts to Stop Diabetes?” Now I know that he didn’t realize I had diabetes but inner Rachel was so angry and I just couldn’t keep her silent this time. I explained to the gentleman that Diabetes isn’t caused by eating doughnuts and began my education session about the difference of Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes and the like. The whole time I tried to filter my inner Rachel thoughts as I was just so angry that this man would try and ruin my time at the party. I was just minding my own business and this guy just had to say something to discredit the fact that I am supporting diabetes awareness. It just made my blood boil that I had to stop what I was doing to educate this man and everyone else who cared to hear. I tried my best to be nice about it but it really ticked me off. Sure I love educating people about diabetes but you gotta cut me some slack here. It’s not like I was embarrassed I was just annoyed that he would call it out like that.
I’ve learned that I just need to keep a cool head when things like this happen. Even though the way the question is asked has a lot to do with my attitude of the education session I keep a smile on my face and try to explain to the best of my ability what diabetes is without allowing inner Rachel to take me into an “ALL CAPS RAGE”.
I guess the moral here is to keep calm when it comes to educating and advocating because the more people who know about the hidden disease of diabetes the less misconceptions we will hear. Oh and not to get between this diabetic and her doughnuts.
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