I have chosen to discuss type one diabetes because at the moment I am working at a camp for kids and there are two campers with Type one Diabetes. I work in the clinic so I am very active in these campers experience, making sure they are healthy and safe while also giving them the normal camp experience. One of the most misunderstood elements about Diabetes is not everyone who has it is over weight. Some kids are just born with it and have to learn to live with diabetes. Having this illness is something they have to deal with everyday and every time they eat or drink anything they need to be aware of what it contains. Having diabetes does not limit what you are able to eat, the patient just has to adjust their insulin to the correct amount depending on what they eat. Observing these kids at camp has given me a new perspective and taking this class has also been able to teach me more what it is like to live each day with diabetes. I think that the misunderstandings of having diabetes could make some people embarrassed or shy about their illness. Maybe not wanting to eat things because then they will need to check the ingredients or change their amount of insulin.
Healing and believing are seen to be so intertwined in the knee surgery and with mental orders such as depression. However, I think with diabetes this might not be the case. I do not think that because a patient believes they have been cured from diabetes would make them actually cured. It could be very dangerous for a diabetic patient to stop using their medication properly. Having diabetes is a culture in its self because it is such a demanding illness that changes the every day lives of these patients.