I wanted to share a link to this month’s diaTribe column, because it touches upon a topic I feel strongly about: discussions about diabetes-related complications. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes twenty-seven years ago, but with macular edema more recently, and am learning every day about the influence of stigma and fear on my own diabetes management.
“Complications happen, and discussions about them shouldn’t be relegated to whispered fears in the bedroom after the lights are turned out. The language around complications needs to change from one of fault and guilt to that of perseverance and renewed hope. We, as a patient community, have the right to disclose our diabetes complications without being blanketed – and suffocated – by judgment. If a complication becomes part of our personal healthcare spectrum, we need to feel empowered to face this new health issue with confidence that there is life after this diagnosis, too. We should be met, by health care professionals and fellow patients alike, with the support and encouragement we need to not lose the reins on good health habits, and to be inspired to make new ones part of our regimen.”
Thanks for popping over to diaTribe to give the column a read, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on diabetes complications and the language they are surrounded by.