There are many illnesses, diseases, conditions or syndromes which have many different treatments, cures, no cures, hopeful cures and management. All of these give you a new way of life, a change of life, a shorter life, or a more uneasy or demanding life.
They may come to you at all different stages of life, young or old, mother or father, child or adult. All of these need awareness, attention, funding for research, empathy, and compassion.
What is not needed is stigma, comparison, bias and ridicule! We have had friends and still have friends, who have all kinds of different ‘conditions’. Some have passed on, some have survived and continued with their lives and some who live with it daily.
It is Diabetes Week here in Australia. I urge you all to not compare, not to judge, but to understand that type 1 diabetes is a chronic illness, an auto-immune disease, with no cure. It demands attention no matter the time of day or where you are in your life. It floats by sometimes or makes you sit up and pay attention.
“Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.” Ian MacLaren