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What I Wish People Knew About Type 2 Diabetes
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I wish people knew that just because you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean your life is over. I will admit, when you’re diagnosed, it’s devastating and makes you sad in the beginning, and it can seem unbearable. But I promise you, if you make changes such as portion control, managing your weight, and changing your eating habits, you can live a long healthy life once your diabetes is managed.

I wish people would take diabetes as seriously as they do with other health diseases such as cancer, sickle cell anemia, lupus, and heart disease. Unfortunately, diabetes is not treated the same as those conditions, and it seems as though it’s a “dirty little secret.”

There’s so much negative condemnation from others about diabetes such as, “You got it because you are fat,” “You got it because you eat too much sugar,” “You got it because you are lazy,” or “You got it because you don’t exercise.” While some of these things may be contributing factors, they aren’t always the cause.

You can have diabetes when you are born (type 1 diabetes), a pregnant mom can develop it during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), or you have a strong family history of diabetes in your family (genetics/type 2 diabetes).

I wish people were kind to ALL people. Kindness, compassion, empathy, and love go a long way. You never know how the things you say to people can affect their lives in a negative way.

I wish people would educate themselves about diabetes as there is a wealth of information on the web, in books, in online forums, in support groups, in hospitals, and in schools.

I wish people knew that having type 2 diabetes means you have to take steps to learn how to manage it and sometimes that means it’s going to take time because it doesn’t happen overnight.

I wish people knew that those with diabetes are human, and we will have our good days and our bad days. I wish people wouldn’t judge us from our outside appearance or what they think they know about us, but rather just support us, listen to us, and encourage us.

I wish people knew that people with diabetes have feelings too, and saying insensitive things sometimes hurts our feelings and can make us depressed.

I wish people knew that when we are managing our diabetes. We have chosen to live and are fighting for our lives every day.

I wish people knew that there are resources available to help you manage your diabetes. You’re going to have some bad days but, don’t let that get you down because tomorrow is a new day. 

I wish other people with type 2 diabetes knew that all things are possible, and we can manage our diabetes by taking one step at a time, one day at a time, and one meal at a time.

I wish others knew that we need your love and kindness to help get us through.

Lastly, I want you to know that you’re not in this fight alone. There are over 34 million people fighting to manage their diabetes to the best of their abilities. 

 

 

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Robin Dorsey

Robin Dorsey

Diagnosed since 2006

A native of the Washington, DC, metro area, Robin Dorsey has lived with Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. She's the award-winning host of The Impact with Robin Dorsey, which airs on DCTV public access and will soon be on Fairfax Public Access (FPA) TV. The show profiles nonprofit organizations, community outreach efforts, extraordinary individuals and celebrity red carpet events. She founded her own publishing company, Dorsey Publishing, and is the co-author of A Mother & Daughter Memoirs of Love, Desire, Pain and Inspiration. She wrote the book along with her late mother, Renita T. Mock. Robin is an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, she has her MBA and provides subject matter expertise to the federal government. She has administered federal contracts for over 20 years. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference and to help “Stop Diabetes.” She is a proud mother to a handsome son, Darius, who is her biggest supporter and helps her maintain her diabetes.

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