Diabetes Blog Week: Guilt is not better

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about guilt. Diabetes provides countless opportunities for feeling guilty.

The feelings can start the minute that we recognize diabetes has entered the picture – the very minute.

Why didn’t we go to the doctor sooner? Why didn’t we recognize the symptoms? When the doctor dismissed us, why didn’t we press harder? We knew that diagnosis was wrong (or we didn’t know, why didn’t we know?), why didn’t we fight him? What if there’s been damage? What if there are complications? I should have fought harder! I should have known better!

It doesn’t matter if those thoughts come from the parent of a child with diabetes, from someone diagnosed as an adult, or any category in between. No matter where it comes from, it’s wrong. It’s all lies.

We all did the best we could. Now we know better. Now we do better.

It’s as simple as that.*

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*It IS as simple as that. Sometimes it’s a little bit harder to REMEMBER that it is that simple.

Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too?

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