Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Curious with Questions

I was told before going into college that there would be people with different reactions about diabetes. Some people would act curious with questions and remarks while others may say nothing at all as if you never told them you had a disease.

I understand that most people are not comfortable with diseases. The definition of disease is, a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment. (dictionary.com) So wouldn't a person automatically assume that you are not o.k or that you are simply not normal.

I know that there are thousands of diseases out there, some unheard of and some that people think of instantly such as cancer and diabetes. But when do we really think about the people that are living with these diseases and what makes people so scared of these people?

I guess that always crosses my mind. Recently more than ever because being in college I am faced with so many different people that I have to eventually explain to them that I am diabetic. I really find it interesting when I explain that I have diabetes and people don't say anything at all, as if I never said a word. I just don't understand how humans can not be curious. I realize that sometimes curiosity comes off rude but don't you think if someone is telling you about their disease that they are comfortable with questions?

I must not forget about the people that truly do take the time to learn and listen. If I am telling you about my diabetes I am telling you about my passion. Your passion may be hockey or maybe art, but my passion is based around my diabetes.

I love explaining diabetes and listening to what people think about the disease and hopefully one day, not too far down the road people will become o.k with the fact that people with diseases aren't a hazard to society and even though our goals and values may be different from the average healthy person we all are trying to live our dreams and conquer our battles. We all just need to listen.


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