Life is Complicated.
Society is always trying set standards. Even more so when you are unfortunate enough to have a Chronic Illness/Disease. God. Why do they have to call it a Disease? It just makes us easier to target. As if we’re disabled or handicapped or something. Prejudice.
I can’t stand it.
I’m living with a Chronic Condition called diabetes. There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m not incapable of doing anything and everything a non-diabetic can do. The only thing I do differently is that I have to think for my pancreas which is out of commission. I’m not on any medication (Besides insulin; However by medication I mean drugs. Insulin, in my opinion, is NOT a drug. It’s a natural substance secreted from the pancreas to maintain blood glucose, and we as diabetics do our best to simulate that process with our pens, needles, and pumps).
I’m not a perfect pancreas.
I have my days; keeping up, shuffling everything else going on in life. I am a college student, after all. But the point is: if I want to run a marathon, what’s stopping me?
Because I, the pancreas, am prepared to handle the demands of running said marathon. Unfortunately though, I can only speak for myself.
That fact alone isn’t enough to get the Canadian Forces to accept my application for the Air Force–let alone the flight line.
That fact alone isn’t enough to get Transport Canada to re-validate my Category 1 Commercial Aviation Medical.
That fact alone isn’t going to put my life back on the track it was before my diagnosis last February.
I’ve got to make myself stand out. I’ve got to convince the CF, RCAF, TC and EVERYONE else, that I am doing a great job as a pancreas.
So there’s my answer. Cucumbers aren’t going to solve my problems, and neither is stealing @__Kerri’s pancreas on the Chronic Road Trip tour (any suggestions for a name??) (Shout Out to Kerri, @_misscarrielynn, @Inkstain_d, and @Maindog101 about the cucumber cure). My Goal is to change automatic disqualification due to Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus to atleast consideration on a case-to-case basis. (note it’s only ITDMs being discriminated in my situation).
Here’s my plan. It’s gonna take a while, but I refuse to give up.
- First and foremost, get my feet planted firmly on the ground, get myself emotionally stable.
- Keep up with the latest advancement in diabetes management technologies. Keeping with the latest tech gives me my best chance at proving my point. If the technology is available, then there is no real basis for disqualification.
- EDUCATION. I’m technically currently dropping out of my program. I can’t stand this program (aside from the aviation specific part). But today I finished an application for St. Thomas University Bachelor of Arts. If I take that route as opposed to Policing, I’m going to do a History Major, and Minor in International Politics. I’ve also completed an application for Holland College at the Atlantic Police Academy. Also in the policing direction, I’m applying for the RCMP, and Police Foundations at the local Community College (NBCC). I’ll also be applying to Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and it’s french counterpart: Génie Méchanique à l’Université de Moncton. I also plan on getting my recreational permit here in Canada, and a private pilot licence in the United States. Last but not least, I will be applying to the Canadian Forces non-stop until I am given consideration. Persistence is key. I may have found a loop hole, I’ll keep you posted.
- Work=Money. The above list doesn’t leave much time for work, let alone free time, though.
- Strictly maintain diet, exercise, and blood glucose. Becoming a “perfect case” even further enforces my point.
I’m doing so much better now than I was a couple weeks ago. I’m talking to Jess again. I got back up. I’m feeling great. I’m doing great.
Jamie pointed out to Carrie, Kerri, and I last night on Oovoo that we in the DOC and other communities like ours stand out. We are the anomaly, not sitting back, forfeiting to the social and political prejudice towards the lives of people with chronic conditions. We are the ones that stand up and stand out, for change, to bring people together for a cause.
And that’s what I’ll do.