Recently we learned the identity of the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who, according to a post on www.jdrf.org.uk, is a type 1 diabetic. The post states: “The Home Secretary Theresa May is on course to become the first prime minister who lives with type 1 diabetes as a result of this afternoon’s news that Andrea Leadsom MP has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race.”
First, congrats to Ms. May who has a huge job ahead of her given all the recent events going on across the pond. A job that will surely test not only her patience, but her ability to manage her diabetes through what will be some very stressful times; a job she seems well equipped to handle, as according to the same post: “Theresa, who has been MP for Maidenhead since 1997, spoke to the Mail on Sunday at the time, saying: ‘‘[Type 1 diabetes] doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life… so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it.’ ”
It should also be pointed out that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, another accomplished woman in her own right, is also a type 1 diabetic.What makes these two women amazing beyond their obvious accomplishments is they don’t let diabetes define who they are or what they do. They don’t see themselves as victims or a person with a disability. They are like millions of others who must live their lives with diabetes. They understand that while diabetes is a chronic disease, it is quite manageable even when a person has a demanding stressful job.
One of the more disturbing trends Diabetic Investor has witnessed over the past few years is the emergence of the belief that somehow people with diabetes are victims. That they suffer from a disability that is beyond their control. That these people cannot manage their diabetes effectively with the current crop of drugs and devices available to them.
To Diabetic Investor, this is pure hogwash and not just because of these two very accomplished women. The fact is IF a patient is willing to put in the effort, they can live very productive lives. No, we won’t say they are normal lives, but the fact that a person has diabetes does not mean they are not in control of their lives.
So kudos to Ms. May, Madame Justice Sotomayor and the millions of patients who understand, as Ms. May states so eloquently, “Diabetes doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life…so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it.” Love the stiff upper lip – hear, hear!!!!