I'm sitting here watching the Grey's Anatomy episode from this past week and a scene just came on that I'm not sure I like how they handled. This guy was having surgery to remove a kidney (because of a tumor on it) and the doctors noticed a cyst on his pancreas. When talking to his 'wife', the doctor said that they'd have to remove part of the pancreas, causing the patient to become diabetic. The doctor was asking the 'wife' if the patient had the support system to handle that tricky, complicated disease. That was not what I have a problem with. Diabetes is a tricky, complicated disease. My problem was that they (the doctors and 'wife') acted like death was comparable to living with diabetes. That diabetes was the most horrible way to live that people would rather die. Pssssshhhh... please.
Diabetes is a pain in the neck. It is a lot of work. It can be a lot of heartache. But, in no way, would I choose to die instead of living with diabetes. I just have to live a bit differently than most of you.
*The show did redeem itself a bit. When the patient was told that he would be an insulin dependent diabetic for the rest of his life, he didn't see it as a burden that he would rather die, instead of living with forever.