“Because I have type 1 diabetes, I have to be conscious of what I am eating. Because I am a vegan, I am “picky” about what I am consciously eating.”
From few times I have been asked to elaborate upon the overlap between my medical condition and my lifestyle decision, I have found that this statement is a simplified way to cover everything — while usually, and perhaps more importantly, being met with a chuckle.
Having type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 11 years means that I have involuntarily been committed to a relationship for half of my life. Needless to say, a bond that long is bound to imply a level of insight, even if just an entirely subjective one due to personal experience. It can therefore be difficult not to feel compelled to want to answer to every misunderstanding articulated around you about diabetes all at once.
A simple answer sometimes says the most.
Of course, if you’re interested in my simple answer being explained further, allow me to do so. (I mean, c’mon, you’d be hard-pressed to find a situation I wouldn’t end up complicating. Ask anyone close to me.)