Editor’s note: This poem was written in the last few months during a particularly rough patch of diabetes management that I was experiencing. Diabetes can become unruly and difficult to control when anything else in life comes up – stress, an infection, etc. As we celebrate November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, I chose this poem to share because I think it is important we look at the many ways living with a challenging condition like diabetes can make us feel and be honest about the emotions we sometimes experience. If you are a friend or family member, you can rest well knowing I do not struggle like this daily. And if you know someone that has diabetes, show your support by checking in with that person once in a while. Let them know you care. Thank you.
What others don’t see
You don’t see how much I struggle
How scared I really am
How much this condition affects me
And how I’m really looking for people to understand
Why is it so hard
To have a little empathy for me?
Have you ever stopped to consider
What it’s really like?
10-15 needle pokes a day
Up to 100 a week
Blood sugars that make me tired, irritable and weak
I do the best I can
But it can be really rough
I just wish you’d sometimes notice
How very hard I’m working
To balance my sugars and stay healthy
just to stay alive!
Next time you see me
Will you do me a favor and ask
How I’m really doing
Don’t just ignore and brush my feelings past
Here are links to a few other poems I have written. To see more poems, scroll to bottom of page and look under category, “Poems.”
Goodnight diabetes (A poem for Tuesday)
I am listening.. (A poem for Tuesday)
Just for you diabetes… (A poem for Tuesday)
Cheek to Cheek (A poem for Tuesday)
Blessings, light and love,