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October 15, 2013--Diabetes is Not Funny

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I had to close my office door today because the office workers out front were cracking jokes about Diabetes. Being diagnosed border-line diabetic and having friends and family member who are diabetic, I did not find jokes about feet turning black and being cut off funny. I let them know when I closed my door that I am diabetic and did not appreciate their jokes about the disease.

Which brings me around to obesity. I am also considered obese and realize that it is a disease that I am learning to control. I wish other people would come around to this way of thinking. I remember my father calling my aunt (his sister) Fat Kat because her name is Katherine and she was rather large. My own father was large himself as was my mother. I also remember my brothers calling me Fatty Patty when I was a kid and teenager even though I wasn't fat. Is this where my low self-esteem and poor body image come from?

I am learning on this journey to love myself no matter what size I am or what I look like. I have the power to change my body size and my health for myself, not because it will please others. I know my husband and children love me for who I am, not what I look like or what size I am. Hope others see the light some day.
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    I was thinking today... wouldn't it be great to be a thin & fit person and have people say "how do you stay in such great shape?"
    Compliments should not be saved for only those at goal. All words should be kind and sweet. In a perfect world. We can do our part though.
    "You are a beautiful and lovable woman. Strong and confident."
    1590 days ago
    emoticon Nothing funny about our health.
    1593 days ago
    People and their comments sometimes do not take into consideration people who are around them. No, diabetes is no laughing matter. It can affect the body in so many ways. Education is key for people like that.

    Keep up the positive outlook on who you are. Yes, we have to remember we are on this weight loss journey for ourselves which in turn affects our families. Keep those positive thoughts flowing.
    1593 days ago
    People can be so insensitive. I guess everyone has to make themselves feel better by dumping on someone else. I'm glad you spoke up! Maybe they'll think twice before making fun of someone else.
    1593 days ago
    Many years ago I worked for a Pathology lab, and drove specimens from the hospitals to the lab. Invariably there would be a very large bag with a limb in it from the latest amputation due to diabetes. I will never forget that aspect of the job and it is NOT FUNNY in any way. People can be heartless. God forgive them.
    1593 days ago
  • NHES220
    Yeah, really nothing funny about Diabetes and its complications. Good for you for letting them know. People can be very insensitive.

    1593 days ago
    People can be so hurtful.

    We can't change people, only how we react to them. Don't let them get to you. Their comments most likely come from a place of ignorance. Take care of yourself emoticon
    1593 days ago
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