A while back I received an invitation from a medical professional to participate in a project involving “successful diabetics” who had an “inspirational and uplifting story”. I asked if they had ever actually read my blog, they hadn’t and after doing so, we quickly agreed that I probably wouldn’t be a good candidate on the “inspirational and uplifting” part, LOL. But I digress.
In this project, success was defined as having no (or few) complications while having a life of family, career, etc… You know, just like those non-pancreatically challenged folks do.
But that definition of success seemed to center on how many complications a person had, seeming to further perpetuate the stereotype of a person being defined only by his or her medical condition.
I’m sure the end result of this project will be valuable to many people. I’m all for that, but how do you define “success” in your lives? Where does diabetes or whatever condition you may have fall into that equation for success? Does your definition of success change over time? Change because of events in your life?
I’d like to hear what you all think about this
** This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/december-dsma-blog-carnival/
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