Diabetes emphasizes the fact that, as human beings, we are all different from one another. We have different types of diabetes, different ways of dealing, treating and controlling diabetes, and different reactions to food and other factors affecting our blood glucose level. There is no one-size-fits-all way of tackling and living with this condition.
But those differences should not be used to divide us. While we are all different, fundamentally we are the same. Despite our differences as diabetics, and despite the fact that we can only live with “my diabetes” and not someone else’s, we are the same in that we cannot process carbohydrates efficiently (if at all), we have similar risks of complications, and we face similar challenges in living with this carb monster.
Diabetes, like any other disease, does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, education, job, wealth, politics or religion. It is a salient reminder that despite our differences, we are more similar than what some quarters may want us to think. Diabetes is but one proof that we are all part of the same circle of humanity.
This November, let’s not just spread diabetes awareness but empathy and understanding as well. As M. Scott Peck (author of The Road Less Traveled) said, “[Let us] share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”