The one thing that irritates me the most. ..(Ok, one of the things, there are a great many things about Diabetes that irritate me!). I do NOT like being called a Diabetic. I am a person with Diabetes. As an Alaskan, I belong to Alaska. As a Christian, I belong to Christ. As an alumna, I belong to those places I graduated from. As an American, I belong to the United States. I do NOT belong to Diabetes.
I am a person who is short (5'2"), I am a person who wears glasses (most of the time, cuz I always forget where they are), I am a person who loves to read, I am a person with MS, I am a mom, a wife, a friend, and a person with Diabetes. I know, it is just semantics, but it means a great deal to me.
Every day I check my blood, take insulin via syringes (we've looked at pumps, but alas, those puppies are SPENDY!), I have low blood sugars, high blood sugars, am terrified of needles (that is a different post!), and refuse to be owned by this disease. It is a part of me, just as my tattoo is a part of me. However, I chose the tat and I choose how to handle being a person with Diabetes.
As Paula Deen said: "I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life."