How do you refer to someone that has diabetes? Do you say that he or she is living with diabetes? Perhaps you say "Joe is a diabetic" Whichever one you choose is correct but you need to be careful because people become offended if you use the the phrase that they dislike. I have been at diabetes events and speakers have had to clarify why they are going with living with diabetes or diabetic. To me that is just foolish!! Do we have to apologize for saying "partly cloudy" or "partly sunny" of course we don't, they are the same thing!!!! Personally I have a problem with both, neither one offends me but neither is clear. Living with diabetes, when I hear that I think about myself laying in bed with diabetes, going on dates with diabetes and someone living with diabetes the same way you live with your spouse or a pet. Last time I checked diabetes and I are not romantically involved. We are not living together, I was diagnosed with diabetes and it became a part of my everyday life. I have referred to myself as a diabetic, I like the way it sounds. That is about all it has going for it, if I go up to a person that has little knowledge of diabetes and say that I'm a diabetic I get that blank stare that tells me the person has no clue what I'm talking about.
I have begun using a new phrase that describes me perfectly and tells people that I'm in charge of my diabetes and that I'm not just living with it, like it is a pet. I'm a twenty-four year diabetes conqueror!! Each and every day since I was diagnosed with diabetes I have been conquering diabetes. I conquer diabetes each morning when I wake up and test my blood sugar, I conqueror diabetes each and everyday when I get on my bike or go for a run. I conqueror diabetes each day when I eat my breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I conqueror diabetes when I take insulin to cover my meals and snacks. I conqueror diabetes when I go to sporting events with friends and eat pizza or fried foods. I could go on and on but everything that I do in my life is conquering diabetes!! I'm in charge of my diabetes and everyday I show that I can do anything with diabetes.
Will millions of people all over the world begin saying "I'm a diabetes conqueror!!" I don't know. That would be great but for now I'm alone when I say "I'm conquering diabetes" however I'm not alone. We are all conquering diabetes and we are changing the way people think when they hear the word "diabetes" Saying that I'm a diabetes conqueror is what works for me. That sounds a lot like diabetes, what works for me may not work for anyone else, diabetes is like a snowflake no two people are alike when it comes to conquering diabetes. The way I conquer diabetes is unique to me, the way that you conquer diabetes is your own unique way and that is great!! At the end of the day it doesn't matter how we refer to ourselves when it comes to diabetes, what matters is how we show diabetes that we are in charge!!