Although I know people don’t mean harm by saying this, I hate hearing this.
I hate the illogic of it–that I might have a choice in the matter. That somehow I’ve chosen the needles, the blood, the stupid Diet Coke. That somehow fear could conquer the factors that lead to an autoimmune disease.
My darlings, fear doesn’t conquer anything.
I’m reading Jane Eyre right now, and this quote struck me as the most perfect response to someone saying they “could never bear” the treatment required for type 1 diabetes:
Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.
-Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
So, friends. Here we are.
I’m bearing something. You’re most likely bearing something. Instead of words that remind us of how incredibly heavy what we’re bearing can be, let’s just high five. Let’s just keep on keeping on.