What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Were you given diabetes because you ate too much sugar when you were younger?”
(yes, exactly that’s what causes it…)
“How could this happen? You’re so young!”
(have you ever heard about juvenile diabetes..?)
“My grandma has also diabetes”
(yes, probably type two, which is almost totally different from mine)
“Aren’t you sad about that you will never recover?”
“Does it disturb you if I eat sugar in front of you?”
(if I would tell you yes, it disturbs me, would you stop it?)
but my total favourite is:
“How much are you a diabetic?”
Sorry, I know that I’m always too sarcastic when I get these stupid questions, but when people are seriously interested in this topic, I can give them real answers. But this case is rare.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Unfortunately, yes. The hardest affair happened when I was a high school senior. The headmaster wanted me to write the final tests in another room, alone. He said that I should not have taken the exams at the same place with my mates, cause if I have a low, I would disturb the class, and everyone would fail the tests… I have never ever heard such a nonsense! Of course, I did not let this idiocy occur.
How do you inspire others?
I really think that everything is relative. Diabetes is not the worst disease in the world at all. Of course, sometimes we have bad days, lows or highs, difficulties during our daily routine, but these things only make us more tough. Diabetes totally remade my values: I can be pleased about good things much more, and troubles tip me out less.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Maybe it sounds weird, but I am grateful to diabetes (and to my very first doctor) in some respects. When I was diagnosed with this disease I was eleven and I was immediately sent to a summer camp for diabetic children. I kicked against this I was totally mad with my parents why they sent me there. However, after the first few days, I made friends with plenty of children. We discussed our experiences, and I learned from them. This was a huge help for me. As a camper I took part in this camp seven times and since 2011 I work there as a voluntary educator. Every summer I have group of diabetic children. We talk about our disease, we make a lot of playful programs together. Due to this camp I have many diabetic children and adults, and we often meet outside the camp, too. Some of them became really close friends of mine, and we can talk not only about diabetes, but everything. My life would be much less enjoyable if I would not know them.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I always say that my diabetes is a part of who I am, but it does not define me. But I have to confess that it formed my personality in many ways during the twelve years.
Diabetes is why I am a volunteer. I like to tell myself that if I wouldn’t be a diabetic, I would work as a volunteer, also, but to be honest, I am not completely sure about that.
I “work” as a diabetes educator in several children camps every summer. In addition, I have joined a foundation which trains teachers and kindergarten teachers how to care about diabetic children at school.
I really would like to make other diabetic’s lives (especially children’s) easier with my experiences or tips. My other ambition is to change the society’s mind (maybe just a little bit) about diabetes. Many people are afraid of us, or judge us negatively and that’s only because of the lack of information. We could solve this so easily.
That’s why I run (so much). Beside that it’s very important for diabetics to do exercises daily. I am totally afraid of “neuropathy,” that’s why I chose running. My newest plan is taking part in a running competition in October, where we can collect donations with every “run” kilometer.
That’s why I don’t lose my nerve because of everyday problems. I think diab makes people much more tenacious.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
How the hell is it in connection with diabetes? 🙂
I guess I’d choose the one big duck.