Positive thinking and The Secret are not cures for diabetes.
I was just reading the amazing blog Six Until Me (Kerri did a great piece on coworkers and “Diabetes for a day”) and a reader left a comment suggesting that The Secret and focusing on good health rather than bad health may help and even totally cure the blogger’s diabetes. The person who left the comment probably meant well but perpetuating this sort of idea can be dangerous.
First of all, all the positive thought in the universe isn’t going to cure this disease. All the positive thought put toward understanding the reality- both the physiological and psychological aspects- of the disease may help come up with a plan of action and research that may someday lead to a cure or at least new treatments.
Just adopting a mind over matter, brimming with sunshine, attitude isn’t going to cure this disease.
A positive attitude can make or break a treatment, in some cases, as most of our treatments require a huge amount of effort, and a half-assed attempt rarely gets anyone anywhere. My rule with this disease (I’ve had it for 15 years) is to be mindful… I hope for the best and work my arse off, with a negative attitude I wouldn’t do either.
There is no cure for diabetes. There is only treatment. And it isn’t easy but it is the positive side of reality. We choose to treat our diabetes as best as we are able. If we were not thinking positive we would be dead. So maybe discussing diabetes and the treatment, and our personal experiences, is actually spreading more sunshine then someone who has not been touched by this disease can ever understand.
Every year on Pump Day (my “pumpiversary”, October 31st…This will be my 8th one!) I think about how complete strangers were driven to share information on their experiences…Tips, pointers, and on occasion a shoulder…The type of information that you can only get from experience, or from other people who are driven to educate for the greater good.
To an “outsider” it may look negative or like we are dwelling on this big, horrid beastie called Diabetes, but really, all the smiles and happy thoughts are not jump starting anyone’s pancreas.
What it is doing is making this disease more bearable. It’s sharing the tools that can help lots of folks live longer and better and healthier and yes, happier. It’s also serves to educate those who don’t know what it is like to battle this beast at every turn. Perhaps the folks who haven’t been touched by diabetes and haven’t experienced what it takes to LIVE with the disease will learn to value their health and freedom and work toward bettering their own health so they too can LIVE.