Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Every time

In the past few weeks I have noticed an increase in comments around me related to the stereotypes and misconceptions about diabetes. It isn’t necessarily coming from family or people I am close to – I have no problem correcting them. It is more from acquaintances who are close enough to start a conversation but not close enough to actually know what they are talking about regarding life with diabetes.

Here’s the real problem – I don’t always correct them. Sometimes I just let the comment go. I love being a diabetes advocate, but I wish it wasn’t a 24/7 job.

Is there a such thing as advocacy exhaustion? Am I the only one that thinks it is sometimes easier to let a comment go than being the constant educator?



Happy EasterIn a completely unrelated note, I hope everyone had a great (Easter) weekend. This is the first Easter weekend in many years that I am not working in education and enjoying a few extra days off.

After a sunrise church service yesterday, I think I may be going back to work more tired than when I left on Friday.

P.S. Happy April Fools’ Day if you enjoy that type of stuff. I don’t like pranks so I hope to avoid the whole thing.

P.P.S. Wendy has the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs this month and she promises it will be up tonight. Stay tuned!

Category: advocacy
  • Marie Smith says:

    Yes, it is exhausting to be an advocate 24/7/365. I’ve let comments go for the same reasons you gave. Sometimes I have to remember to pick my battles. I have to remind myself I don’t have to teach everyone I encounter, otherwise I’ll burn myself out. So, no, you’re not the only one who experiences this. It’s OK to take a break when you need one.

    April 1, 2013 at 8:00 am
  • k2 says:

    D Advocacy Exhaustion is real – At least I think it is. We live with diabetes 24X7, 365 days a year and we advocate for diabetes almost as much.
    Sometimes we have to take a breath & pick our diabetes battles – And sometimes it’s easier to do that with acquaintances.
    Beautiful Easter table, btw – really pretty!

    April 1, 2013 at 9:10 am
  • katy says:

    On one hand, I am afraid that correcting people I don’t know very well makes me seem like a pedantic jerk. On the other hand, when I assume the person is too dumb to absorb/too stubborn to accept the correct information, that makes me a nihilistic bitch. On the THIRD hand, I think I might say something vague like, “That doesn’t sound right.” I wish I would do option three but I think I usually go for #2.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:15 am
  • Kari says:

    I feel the same with acquaintances or near-strangers.

    April 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  • Scott K. Johnson says:

    There is *TOTALLY* exhaustion around advocacy and education. And I’ll be the first to admit that there is sometimes no logic to how I decide whether to say something or just let it pass. Gut feeling, maybe?

    April 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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