“I could never be diabetic! I’m afraid of needles!”

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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.



  1. Avatar March 4, 2015 / 3:14 am

    Word. The choice between doing something with needles or dying really sharpens the mind about you will or won’t do.

    • Sarah V. March 4, 2015 / 8:02 am

      It’s true! My usual response is, “You’d be surprised by the things you’ll do when you life depends on it.”

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    March 4, 2015 / 6:09 am

    This is so perfect. <3

  3. Avatar March 4, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Great quote. I’ve really got to start writing these things down.

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:52 am

      Thanks! I think it really sums up the whole situation quite well.

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    March 10, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    Such a positive and mature way to reply. My natural response would be sooo very much less polite. But I’ve been on this planet long enough to know that I have a whole bucketful of things I wish I had never said! Keep on keepin on! You’re awesome!

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:52 am

      Haha! Thank you, Brenda!

  5. Avatar March 10, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Right there with you on this one! I usually respond to that by saying, “You have no idea what you can do when your life depends on it.”

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:53 am

      That’s exactly what I usually say! And I doubt I could ever eloquently respond as Charlotte Bronte did in this quote (which, to be fair, was written in the 1890s) but I like to pretend this is exactly what I would say 🙂

  6. Avatar March 10, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    So true! My dad is terrified of needles. Good thing he got over that with his two diabetic daughters!

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Haha! We’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do.

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    Trip Stoner
    March 10, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    My responds usually is “If your life depended on it, you would find the courage.”

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Mine too!

  8. Avatar March 10, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    My fear of starving to death from inability to metabolise the food I eat is definitely greater than my fear of needles. 🙂

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:57 am


    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks Mike!

  9. Avatar March 11, 2015 / 1:01 am

    I’m saving that quote for the next person who gives me a similar statement. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 10:02 am


  10. Avatar March 11, 2015 / 1:50 am

    Spot on with that quote — nice use of Jane Eyre! It’s a comment that does tend to frustrate, even though anyone saying it would probably have to see the issue with it, if they just thought about it for a moment. But it’s said usually in the heat of the moment and in emotion, and so there’s no surprise. They’d simply do what they have to, if need be. Great post!

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Yeah I know. I think actually a lot of time people *mean* to kind of compliment our bravery, but the wording is just not quite right! Thanks, Mike!

  11. Avatar March 11, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Charlotte Bronte could be cheerleader for the rockin’ on with diabetes cause! I for one am on your band wagon…let’s roll!

    • Sarah V. March 11, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Haha yes!!! Thanks Kerry!


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