This year’s topic is: 6 things you want people to know about diabetes.
Here's my list:
- The term "diabetes" encompasses a lot of different people, with different struggles and challenges. A Type I child is fighting a different battle than a Type II adult, but both deserve our respect and support.
- Diabetes doesn't care if you're rushing to catch the bus, in the middle of a math test, or enjoying a big party... it demands immediate attention.
- Diabetics rarely need YOU to tell them what they should or should not be eating. Being a part of the "diabetes police" does not endear you to anyone. Most diabetics, like their non-diabetic friends, can eat anything they want in moderation.
- Not inviting my diabetic child to your house because you are not comfortable being responsible for her care is fine. Having your child to tell mine that she won't ever be invited over for a play date for that reason is NOT ok... it hurts her feelings.
- Store-bought "sugar free" treats often have more carbs than regular versions. Ask the diabetic person (or their parent) which version is better for their particular diabetes regimen.
- Diabetics can find a ton of support online... as a d-parent, this helps keep me sane! :)
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. I'm posting daily in November in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month and the WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month. #NHBPM