I was never promised a cure for my diabetes.
When I was originally misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was given medication to take and a meter to use if I got “sick or pregnant”. There was no education so there was no talk about what a life with diabetes would actually look like.
The second diagnosis came in the middle of the night. The next morning came with a breakfast tray and a syringe in my hand. I had to figure out how to give myself a shot if I wanted to eat.
I am not sure if I should blame it on my age or just bad (or good) bedside manner but I was never promised a cure. My endocrinologists always make sure that I am aware of the latest and greatest treatments, but we’ve never spent any time talking about the future.
It was not until I found the diabetes online community that I realized my situation was somewhat unique. That people with diabetes and their loved ones were promised cures from the moment they were diagnosed – 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, even 50 years ago.
I read an interesting thread on a diabetes message board a few years ago. The original post wondered if there had ever been a cure for any chronic disease. That question quickly evolved into wondering about the definition of a cure. For example, has smallpox been cured or is it better to say that because the “vaccination eliminated the chances of the virus spreading among the human population, the disease disappeared“? (source) (a similar conversation here)
I think I know what I would consider a cure for diabetes, but because it hasn’t been a central part of my life with the disease I wonder if my view is different from the rest of the community.
What would you consider a cure for diabetes? (Yes, I made a poll. I like numbers. Feel free to comment if I get the terms wrong or am missing something big. I am no scientist. See disclaimer on right.)
I’m not trying to hype anything (#nohype for you Martin). I’m not trying to cause any additional controversy.
I am genuinely trying to figure out what the heck we are all talking about.