I Have Diabetes

This video uses a chaos type of narrative, since it is a chronic disease of the body and something that they always have to deal with. It used this narrative to show how the people with this disease are constantly having to deal with the disease but they will be able to deal with it from day to day. They show how much effort it takes to be able to control their blood glucose levels, but in the end they show that you are able to control it and be able to live close to normal lifestyles. People around them tend to baby them because something is “wrong” with them so they would treat them differently. The people around them are being very controlling of their lifestyles to try to help them to stay on track of their glucose levels so that they will stay healthy. People with diabetes are usually thought of separately than anyone else because they are not healthy, even if they are able to maintain their blood glucose levels. Their experiences with doctors are in a way where the doctors are always telling them ways to improve their blood glucose levels; always trying to bring their levels down and trying to help them to maintain healthy lifestyles so that they do not have as many peaks in their blood glucose levels. The sick have to acknowledge that their health is abnormal, that they cannot live the exact same lifestyle as people around them without fear of illness. But they have the right to be able to live more normal lifestyle then people with other diseases because they can treat their disease by themselves without having to visit doctors constantly. The benefit of the illness narrative for the patient is to help them to normalize their disease and make them more comfortable with it while being able to help other people to be able to understand what they go through. The illness narrative is useful for the family because it helps to keep them in the loop of what is going on in the diseased person’s life so that they can help them to stay healthy and comfortable with themselves.

Viacom. “True Life | I Have Diabetes | MTV.” MTV. http://www.mtv.com/shows/truelife/true-life-i-have-diabetes/1677596/playlist/#id=1677596 (accessed July 25, 2014).

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  1. Morgan Barnett says:

    Lindsey was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 25, and her narrative represents a quest: the disease will not go away, but living with it is a journey that she has taken control of. She explains in her blog post: “It is not a diet, it is not a fad, and is by no means temporary. It isn’t just about food, but about total overall health and wellness; hydration, sleep, activity, mental health, etc.” Lindsey adopted a paleo lifestyle in order to regain control of her life. She makes a conscious decision to maintain her health everyday, and sees now that her new diabetic lifestyle is actually healthier than her older one. She originally thought that she would have to starve herself on the paleo diet, but she has learned that she has plenty to eat and never goes hungry. With support from her friends and family, Lindsey can stay a healthy diabetic. In the introduction to her blog post, she says, “Now, I’m thriving with diabetes…” This shows that her control over her experiences has manifested into a powerful lifestyle change. Lindsey’s experiences seem more positive than the experiences of the diabetic in the film, and this difference may be due to attitudes toward the disorder and support/lack of support.
    Joslin Communications. “Guest Blog Post: Paleo and Type I Diabetes.” Joslin Diabetes Center. Posted May 26, 2014. Accessed July 25, 2014. .

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