This is my Day 16 Health Activist Writers Month Challenge. > Tell us 3 things that are true about you, your condition, or your health activism. Tell us 1 lie. Will we be able to tell the difference?
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
I’ve known a few people in my recent years that find it easy to lie when asking for favors. An example – ‘friend’ that asks me to care for her cats and her mother for some reason – I honestly don’t care about the actual reason – I would do it regardless. Still she shares some story that she believes will make me more empathetic – yet the truth comes out and then I feel used.
Why people believe they have to make up an excuse to ask for help is beyond me. It’s insulting really – trust me to be kind and supportive without a made up back story. Give me that courtesy if you ask for my help. Does one think I’d be less inclined to help if I knew you just wanted a weekend get away? How often does a person have to be ignored or accused of being selfish before they start making up stories to get help?
Another example – a ‘friend’ shares her extreme financial difficulties but then goes on a shopping spree and shows me all her ‘deals’ – the receipt is on the counter I can see what she spent which is 4 times what she tells me she spent. Does she think I will judge her for therapeutic shopping – yes its stupid when you are behind on your mortgage – but I would understand. I was once a therapeutic shopper. Why lie to me? I’m not the credit company and she doesn’t owe me money.
Anyway – the above is totally off topic but was bothering me. I don’t like being lied to. I feel better having vented.
As far as my truths and a lie about me:
- It doesn’t bother me that I will soon be entering the last year of my 30’s
- I have a difficult time asking anyone for help
- I would rather speak in front of a thousand strangers than get on an airplane
- I am scared to leave my kids with anyone overnight
Truths and a lie about diabetes:
- Everyone is at risk of developing some form of diabetes in their lifetime
- Type 1 diabetes can be prevented by breast-feeding ones children and by avoiding vaccinations
- People with diabetes can not join the US military or pilot a commercial airline in the US
- Type 1 diabetes in children is increasing by 3% each year
I will choose one random reader that answers both questions correctly to receive their very own Stick With It Sugar mug. Not the one pictured – that one has my Sumatra in it – you will get an unused one.