NCDFREE have recently launched their global campaign called #TheFace of NCDs. NCDs or Non-Communicable Diseases are health conditions that are non-infectious and cannot be passed from one person to another. They include chronic diseases such as diabetes, mental illness, heart disease. Sadly, there are a lot of negative connotations and stereotypes associated with these health conditions. #TheFace aims to dispel the myths, ignorance and misinformation about these NCDs but also urging people to share their story. Coinciding with mental health week, I would like to share the message that no matter what you are going through and what you are feeling right now, you are not alone. Your feelings and experiences may be unique, but rest assured that there are many others who are willing to give you a helping hand or even just a cuddle along the way.
My baby sister is currently going through the motions of choosing what to do after she finishes high school. She’s the third one in my family to have this privilege that my parents never had. Lucky for her, she also has two sisters who have been through the process to guide her along the way. With my third graduation looming ahead next week, I do what I do best when procrastinating – reflect. How did I end up where I am now? Would I have chosen something different if I had to go through this whole process again? More importantly, what do I want to achieve from here on in?
Outwardly, people with diabetes make living with diabetes seem like nothing. We totally got this. Many people who are unfamiliar with diabetes think that all we have to do is occasionally test our blood sugars and have our injections or tablets. These people don’t get it, nor will they ever come close to understanding what it’s like to live with diabetes; a chronic condition that we face with every day, 24 hours, seven days a week, for the rest of our lives. We may not always show or talk about it but diabetes does have a huge impact on our daily lives. Here’s just what one of my days is like when it comes to diabetes with a very brief insight into the emotional aspects of it.