D-Blog Week 2013 – Day 5: Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?
This is a tough one. If I had the choice, I would prefer to have NO chronic condition. Mostly because the word chronic means it’s a pain in the butt you have to live with every single day and most likely has no cure. I thought about it, and the first thing that came to mind was hypothyroidism… but I already have that, got diagnosed when I was 17 and taking that little hormone pill in the morning doesn’t take much of an effort. But there’s not switching; instead I got lucky and got both. So no, I wouldn’t switch, nor I wish diabetes or a thyroid disease on anyone.
That being said, when you deal with a chronic condition and have the chance to share your experience and communicate with people who are going through something similar, I’m completely convinced that it makes you more compassionate. Being part of the DOC and interacting with other people who are dealing with diabetes has definitely made me more open, less judgmental, and more prone to walk in other people’s shoes. I’m less quick to anger when someone disagrees with me, and I understand we all have pain at different levels.
I’m the person who likes to help, I’m the person who wants to be there for a newly diagnosed patient, I’m the person who will never give anyone the pity look because I hate pity looks. I’m the person who will try to empower others and give them the tools they need, at least when it comes to sharing their story.
We all struggle daily but when we know exactly what that struggle is like, I believe it changes us in a positive way.