With any disease, a lack of understanding can present many misconceptions that are often frustrating to others. In this episode, The ACT 1 Adult Diabetes Group share how they are able to clear the confusion about their disease and educate the public, friends, and family; this is their story.
Tricia: There's not one of us sitting here today that did anything that caused us to have this disease and that frustrates me, because people look at me and go, 'Oh maybe you should, you should do "South Beach" and then the diabetes will go away?
Lindsey: One of my favorites is, when you tell people you have diabetes and they tell you, 'Oh, my uncle had that and he died', or that's my other favorite one or 'Oh my God, I know someone who (had diabetes) and they're dead now.' Thank you, that's great." "There's always someone trying to explain to you, 'Well we're just thinking about you, well why don't you want to take care of yourself, well why aren't you doing it right?' and the guilt thing is the worst part I would say about the diabetes is, if I could do it better, trust me I would but sometimes it's exhausting.
Genevieve: It's not people being mean, I think they just don't know any better, or they want good things for you but they don't know how to say it right.
Lindsey: I remember just absolutely hating my parents for a long time because they didn't get it. My mom came to an event, a research event, and it completely changed her outlook, our relationship has improved a million percent.
David: We're always going to be attacked by this disease, so the best thing you can do is educate others.
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