Diabetes is never far from my thoughts.
I write a blog about it. I vent to family about it. I almost always casually mention it to new people that I meet.
I have multiple social media profiles dedicated to it. I own several t-shirts that identify me as a person with diabetes.
It’s the first thing I think about in the morning when I wake up, and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep at night.
And yet, sometimes people complain – jokingly and seriously – that I talk about it too much.
Of course I do! I totally own up to that fact. But think about it…
Doesn’t it make sense that I talk about it so much?
It affects the most mundane decisions that I make on a daily basis. It affects my mood. It affects my body. It affects the foods I consume. It affects what I carry in my purse each day and what I pack in my luggage on vacations. It affects my finances and my gym routine and the doctors I have to see.
If someone thinks I talk too much about my diabetes, then I’d like them to understand this:
Talking about diabetes spreads awareness and saves lives.
Bold, italicized, and underlined so the message and its significance is clear. Too many people in this world just don’t understand type 1 diabetes. They don’t realize how dangerous it can be, or how it is managed. In my personal experience, being open with others, answering their questions, and dispelling diabetes myths has resulted in nothing but positive outcomes.
It’s even helped people I know save a life, because they knew what to do when a T1D close to them was experiencing a hypoglycemic event.
All because I “talked too much” about diabetes.
With that in mind…you can bet that I won’t be shutting up about it any time soon.