This week is blog week and we, the DOC Bloggers, have all been given a title for each day of the week and asked to write on this topic.the fourth entry into blog week we are asked to address the following title: FREAKY FRIDAY. If you could switch chronic disease, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes (and has participation in the DOC affected how I treat others with other medical conditions).
I’m not so sure where this question came from but it had me scratching my head. But I agreed to answer the questions all week so I will do as I promised. To actually wish my children had a chronic disease other than diabetes would suggest (to me anyway) that I would think one chronic disease is better, easier, or in some way placing our household in a better position than having diabetes.
I can’t do that. THAT is not the case.
Well maybe I can, there might be one. In the movie Mary Poppins Uncle Albert (Famous character actor Ed Wynn) and Bert (DIck Van Dyke) suffer with uncontrollable, chronic, laughter which makes them levitate. The harder they laugh, the higher they go. The idea is that laughter lightens the mood. That is the ONLY disease I would switch with diabetes. But uncontrollable laughter is not a real chronic disease and I am taking ‘artistic license’ here because there is no real chronic disease we would ever consider.
We do with what we have and go forward.
I have never once compared a disease to diabetes, nor wished we had ‘only that’ to deal with instead of diabetes, as I have heard others do so since our first child was diagnosed and quite frankly we just do not agree with it. Any family dealing with ANYTHING has it tougher than those that do not. Period.
My involvement with the DOC has nothing to do with how we treat others affected with other medical conditions either. It has made me more aware, but we are at this long before the DOC was in place and our compassion comes from ‘life’ dealing with people who we both know and love; and we did not need any help in this area on how we treat others.
Let me ask you a question. What do you think of today’s question; how would you have answered it? Please reply to this blog and let us all know what you think. I thought about it for a long time before I answered, but what do I know? This blog is just me and I will always defer to others, who know so much more than I so please chime in today; how would you have answered?
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