Today’s prompt really got me thinking.
Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?
I think I am going to take a pass on the first part of this post, in a sense. Would I want to trade my illness for one that someone else has? Not really no. Maybe it’s because of my line of work or maybe just because I am a difficult person and hate to follow the rules of any post completely. I’m gonna say no. I don’t need to get into the shoes of someone else fighting cancer, aids, gingivitis, or any other chronic condition. I’m content enough with my own illness.
I have seen the suffering that a family goes through when their child is born unable to breathe on their own, the parents whose daughter has needed two surgeries to remove tumors in the brain, I have talked with mothers who have lost their children due to miscarriage, or because they were diagnosed with cancer and needed treatment ASAP. I have listened to those suffering from dementia, Alzheimers, I have seen so much and know of the pain and stress that these people are suffering. My empathy and sympathy knows no bounds for all of these people.
Why would I want to trade with someone else? I’ve more or less gotten what I have under control. I am not saying I have this perfect, but why would I really want to experience what others are now facing? Why would I want them to go through the struggles I faced. I am
content dealing with my diabetes quite nicely. I don’t need to have to change my actions just for a pass for a few days on not having to bolus or test. That’s just crazy. So I’ll pass on this one.
Am I more compassionate? Meh, I don’t think things have changed me so much that I would say yes or no. I am who I am. I don’t think that has changed. With or without diabetes, I have a feeling I would still be the same person. I hear from others the stupidity that they face from people who might not know or say the wrong things. Maybe I try to be more informed, but more compassionate?? I am full of compassion and love damn it!!!