Just a quick post this evening, but I saw something at the Joslin Diabetes Clinic this afternoon that just broke my heart: In the men’s restroom someone had etched “Bad” into the top of the mirror.
You are not bad. Diabetes is hard — and we don’t always get it right — but it is not your fault. You didn’t ask for diabetes; you don’t deserve to have it. We have so many decisions to make, some of which can cause us to feel like we have to choose whether we’re going to live our lives now the way we want to or not. That’s a tough, inhuman kind of choice to make.
You are not bad . . . and it gets better. Hang in there.
Dear readers, what would you say to the young man (I presume) who wrote this? If you were a child with diabetes, what would you say to your younger self?
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