There are no two ways about it, this Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis has changed our lives. Some days for the better and there are some days, that I wish it never entered our world. I am a pretty positive person but some days, Type 1 sucks.
There are days I feel frustrated when people say their Type 1 doesn’t affect them and that they can do anything anyone else can do. This is true to an extent however it is not all what it seems.
I will be the first to stand on a box and shout that ‘my daughter Anna can do anything!’ She can and so can my youngest daughter. I would love nothing more than for my children to do anything they set their minds to. Parenting goal achieved!
Living with Type 1 however does require a great deal of mental stamina, being a worthy opponent at times, instinct and a great many extra steps, every single day. You see, this diagnosis does mean Anna is different to others and since 23rd October 2017, she always will be and that is okay.
I am not sure why I need to put her in a box and say Type 1 doesn’t make her different when it clearly does. Sure, she can eat what anyone else does, she can do what anyone else does, she can achieve what anyone else can but the difference lies in the fact, that she lives with Type 1 Diabetes. No getting around that and for me, it’s better to be upfront with how tough this diagnosis is rather than giving the impression that it’s a walk in the park.
Being different means that you are not the same as another or each other. Being different is not limiting our potential or capabilibites, it is simply that each person is unique. How wonderful!
I think it is more accurate to say, yes living with Type 1 Diabetes does make you different but does it define who you are? Absolutely not.