Does the word “diabetic” bother you?
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) over 30 years ago, I was immediately called a "diabetic." This was the norm back then and so I came to know myself as a diabetic. I announced it freely and there was no hesitation about the wording.
But throughout the years, I've learned that some people are not happy with that term. Some people feel that diabetic is a negative label that defines a person as a disease. I suppose on one hand this makes sense, but I have to be honest, sometimes it's a pain to use the words “person with diabetes” when diabetic is simply much easier to say. I am now very conscious about using the word diabetic in case anyone is sensitive to this.
How do you feel? Does the word diabetic bother you? Would you rather be a person with diabetes? Does it matter to you?
Comment below and tell us.
Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.