I saw a post on Instagram recently that infuriated me (I hope you can get a sense of the vitriol I’m about to spew out).
An Instagram user (who shall remain nameless because it’s not cool to put people on blast) was exploring the reasons why they thought they developed diabetes in a series of Insta stories. Several questions were asked:
Was it because of an sedentary lifestyle?
Did it have something to do with being breastfed versus bottle-fed?
Does it have to do with diet?
Was it because of exposure to a certain set of germs?
Did it have something to do with a family history of diabetes?
And the list goes on…and on.
Why did it make me angry?
It’s because, well, personally, I don’t care WHY I have diabetes. I don’t think that exploring the reason(s) why I have it is a healthy way to spend my time.
All I know is that my pancreas doesn’t produce insulin – rather than trying to narrow down the reason why that is, I’d much rather put that energy into taking the best possible care of my diabetes.
Am I crazy? Doesn’t that make sense? It’s just that wondering about the why won’t do a damn thing to change the fact that I have diabetes.
I don’t want to make anyone feel badly if they’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the “why” – I’m sure that when I was younger, I asked myself that question a lot – but I’m merely just trying to change the direction and the focus of the conversation.
Let’s not talk about why – let’s talk about how.
How we can live incredible, full lives with diabetes.
How fortunate we are to have access to tools and technology that help us manage it.
How, despite diabetes sucking a lot of the time, it’s actually brought about a lot of positive change and influence in many peoples’ lives.
Now that’s the kind of productive discussions I’d like to see on social media…not the ones that are all doom, gloom, and pure speculation.