18 augusti 2019 |  Diabetes

Did he/she really said that? #DBW2019

Sipping on our favorite drink – Campari Soda when suddenly, a man beside me asked me..

I think everyone who has diabetes has got and will receive comments about why they were diagnosed with diabetes, how it should be treated in the best way, what type of food is best suited, etc. The list goes on. These comments are often due to misunderstanding and ignorance.

It is not clear what causes diabetes, but it occurs when the immune system incorrectly attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This causes damage and prevents the pancreas from producing insulin properly. Type 1 diabetes also has a genetic component.

That being said, I want to tell you about a comment / question I received when I sat at a super-nice restaurant in the old town of Ibiza this summer with my dad. We talked about life while sipping on our favorite drink, campari soda. Beside us sat two elderly men and seemed to enjoy exactly the same environment, drink and company as we.

All of a sudden one man turns around and asks in a shaky English dialect:

“What you have on your arm there, is it a GPS? If so, I’m in need of one for my wife, thou she has an incredibly lousy local sense and I would desperately want a GPS on her so she does not get lost.”

I burst out in laughter and couldn’t help but tell him what it actually was – a cgm which through Bluetooth on my phone shows my blood sugar. I have type 1 diabetes.

Both men became fascinated and wanted to hear more about diabetes. I know after many questions and comments about my diabetes that it does not help to sound angry or be saucy. The best thing is to explain in simple words what diabetes is, and that life is not as simple as eating more cinnamon, stopping eating sweets and just eating salad.

In retrospect, I can’t stop thinking about how good it would be to have a GPS. Like his wife, I have an incredibly miserable local sense and despite smartphones, there is a risk that I will still end up in the wrong location.

Old town in Ibiza! Love this place!

Jag tror att alla som har diabetes någon gång har fått och kommer att få kommentarer kring varför man fått diagnosen diabetes, hur den ska behandlas på bästa sätt, vilken typ av mat passar bäst osv. Listan kan göras lång. Dessa kommentarer beror ofta på  missförstånd och okunskap. 

Det är inte helt klart vad som orsakar diabetes, men det sker när immunsystemet felaktigt attackerar de insulinproducerande cellerna i bukspottkörteln. Detta orsakar skador och gör att bukspottkörteln inte kan producera insulin ordentligt. Typ 1 diabetes har också en genetisk komponent.

Nu när det är sagt vill jag berätta om en kommentar/fråga som jag fick när jag satt på en super-trevlig restaurang i gamla stan på Ibiza i somras med min pappa. Vi pratade om livet samtidigt som vi sippade på vår favoritdrink campari soda. Bredvid oss satt det två äldre män och såg ut att njuta av precis samma miljö, drink och sällskap som vi. 

Helt plötsligt vänder sig ena mannen om och frågar på en knackig engelsk dialekt:

Det du har på armen där, är det en GPS? Det är så att min fru har otroligt uselt lokalsinne och jag skulle desperat vilja ha en gps på henne så hon inte går vilse. 

Jag brast ut i skratt och kunde inte annat än berätta vad det faktiskt var – en cgm som via Blåtand på telefonen visar mitt blodsocker. Jag har typ 1 diabetes. 

Båda männen blev fascinerade och ville höra mer om diabetes. Jag vet efter många frågor och kommentarer kring min diabetes att det inte hjälper att låta sur eller näsvis. Det bästa är att förklara med enkla ord vad diabetes är och att livet är inte så enkelt som att äta mer kanel, sluta äta godis och bara äta sallad. 

Jag kan så här i efterhand inte sluta tänka på hur bra det skulle vara att ha en GPS. Jag har liksom hans fru ett otroligt uselt lokalsinne och trots smartphones är det risk att jag ändå hamnar fel. 

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For me it is important to eat a balanced diet and for me it means that I eat a little of everything. There is no "no" food and there is nothing that I remove from my diet if it is something I actually like. I am not a lover of pasta, but when we had settled down at this restaurant the other day, the only thing that was available that was gluten free (yes, I have celiac as well) was pasta. I think it is important that I can feel that there is no danger around food or bloodsugar, even though it is carbs, and that pasta wasn’t in my mind during the day, but it was delicious!!!

We all make our choices. I encourage you to make choices that are good for YOU, and YOUR body. I sometimes eat low carb food, sometimes salad, sometimes I eat pizza. A balanced diet. I choose the food I crave and I have learned that my diabetes doesn’t have to be an obstacle. We will all make mistakes, and that's normal.

To eat out can be a challenge, but it doesn’t means it will stop you from trying it enjoying the company 🌸

After recovering from my eating disorder, it is important that I fuel my body with energy and nutrition. But also to make sure to eat delicious chocolate/bread or whatever it is I’m craving that day 💕

I am so happy and grateful that this is only a temporary moment. I know many people are worse off than I am, but sometimes it is difficult to find strength in what belongs to my everyday life. And these are feelings that I am aware of are normal.

Life goes up and down and it can be tough that emotions you never felt before shows up. I think it's part of experiencing life and learning new things about myself.

The most important thing I feel at the moment, is that I am surrounded by people who encourage and loves me! There are many fun things I have planned and I know I have a very fun summer to look forward to 💕

I have had a very good weekend 💕 The pain becomes less painful and it becomes easier to live a more “normal” life (what that means). But there is a lot to work on. During the weekend I have occasionally cried, laughed and felt incredibly weak. But the positive thing is I haven’t been alone.

The mental part is still something I need to work on. I take one thing at a time. Because I know I am stronger that I think I am, and it’s okey to not be okey ❤️

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