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Here.  Read a book up close, if that's your thing."One diet doesn’t rule us.  One meter doesn’t rule us.  One doctor doesn’t rule us.  The diversity in treatment options and methodologies is amazing.  And with so many variables, there’s still the common thread that with even the same arsenal of diabetes management tools and strategies, two people can have entirely different results from the same therapies.   In the diabetes community, there isn’t one voice, or one perspective, or one way of doing things that dictates the actions of a community. 

Diabetes is as diverse as the people who have it.  There are so many voices because there need to be so many voices."

New column up at Animas today, and it's about Scrutiny


YES! This is so true and wish more people understood this!

I think that this is a really a reply to your Scrutiny column in addition to today's post. As a long-time reader, I want to thank you again for sharing your life with us. I consider you my friend and I sometimes forget that I've never met you.

As someone who has been guilty once (okay twice) of giving unsolicited advice, I have learned from you not to be quick to judge others.

You are right that there are many voices of diabetes. If diabetes weren't such a rotten disease, I'd be thankful that it has given me the daily privilege of listening to so many of those voices.

It's a fairly recent revelation for me that just because we all have the same diagnosis doesn't mean we all have the same disease. The better we all are at understanding that and showing compassion to each other, the closer we'll get to communicating that message to the islet-privileged of the world. :-)

"Just because we all have the same diagnosis doesn't mean we all have the same disease." Wow, Jasmine, that's powerful and true. Thank you for helping me see things in a different way.

Responding to your scrutiny column--An excellent reminder, especially for those of us who are "islet-privileged" but married to (or the parent of) a T1D. There is a fine line between nagging/scrutinizing and supporting and I am constantly learning where it is.

The thing that really makes me laugh is when I mention in passing that I have type 1 diabetes to people (people= grocery store clerk, bank teller, cabdriver, florist, WHOever...) who hardly know me, my daily challenges, and/or very little about type 1 say "Well, you look like you do pretty well with it"
how am I supposed to look, like a zombie ?

People tend to not notice the fine line between friendly advisers and diabetes police. I'm still (after 12+ years) looking for a polite reminder to frequent line crossers like my own father, (I'm 36, not a child, DAD!) without having to worry about hurting their feelings while tending to extreme glucose levels. I think I may have to print this post so I can point to it while stuffing my face with GlucoLift (or setting massive amounts of Novolog on my FlexPen) to correct for my body's desire to 'have a little fun' at my expense. Thanks again Kerri!

Thank you Kerri.

I love this.

I will confess that when I am with other people with diabetes in person, I sometimes sneak a peek at CGM graphs. Not for comparison, but because I worry about you guys (and myself) and knowing a number makes me feel a little better.

.. so I can I still judge you as brilliant?


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