I’m definitely a sensitive person but extra sensitive when it comes to the way diabetes is talked about. Several times in the past I have attended a lecture about diabetes and the presenter speaks as if no one living with diabetes is in their audience. Unfortunately, I’ve heard type 1 diabetes described in so many dreadful ways and it breaks my heart.
This invites negative self-talk and defeat coming from within and we don’t deserve that. It is never appropriate for a healthcare practitioner to give the impression that diabetes is too hard, sad, or unfortunate. We must be the strong who stand up and remind ourselves that perception and positive self talk is everything.