Apparently there’s a bit of a trend amongst medical bloggers as part of Invisible Illness Week to make a list of 30 things to do with their “illness”. So, with some of the answers copied from Kerri’s list (because they are true), here we go:
- The illness I live with is: type 1 Diabetes.
- I was diagnosed with it in the year: 1997.
- But I had symptoms since: I don’t know. I went into hospital on a Saturday with a blood glucose of ~44mmol/l.
- The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: every little day-to-day, moment-to-moment change.
- Most people assume: that they know everything about Diabetes.
- The hardest part about mornings are: when they start out of range.
- My favorite medical TV show is: I don’t watch TV.
- A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my glucose meter.
- The hardest part about nights are: having low blood sugars in the middle of them.
- Each day I take 2 pills & vitamins: Only insulin, nothing else (touch wood).
- Regarding alternative treatments: Poppycock.
- If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Neither, thank you.
- Regarding working and career: No problems, prejudice or people problems so far.
- People would be surprised to know: that it’s not as easy as we make it look. Sometimes it hurts in every way.
- The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: that I have very little memory of the “old” reality.
- Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Drive. I now know that I can, but the diabetes still scares me too much to learn.
- The commercials about my illness: We don’t have any in the UK.
- Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: I really have no idea.
- It was really hard to have to give up: snacking!
- A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: None.
- If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: be footloose and fancy-free.
- My illness has taught me: That it’s always darkest just before the dawn.
- One thing people say that gets under my skin is: “Are you allowed to eat that?”
- But I love it when people: try to understand, be helpful and supportive.
- My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I don’t have one.
- When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: that they aren’t alone. And they’ll be okay.
- Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: what you take for granted.
- The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: Help me.
- I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I saw this on Six Until Me.
- The fact that you read this list makes me feel: that I’m not alone.
3 thoughts on “30 Things About My Invisible Illness”
You are not alone. We are all behind you man! And just as soon as the shooting is over we will come out.
You’ll never walk alone!
I am a stranger to you but I do feel and understand what you’re talking about which is enough to not be alone.
Take care 🙂
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