As a mindful adult with an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring, my diabetes control is relatively good, but never perfect because of all the variables and the interaction of the variables that exist in our environment, in our bodies, in the foods we eat, and in our levels of activity. Control of my diabetes is omnipresent in almost every waking thought and in so many of the decisions I make each day. Because of my diabetes, I have learned to be less of a perfectionist, to have compassion for myself and others, and to find grace in a world that presents challenges. Type 1 diabetes is not the only invisible difference that creates diversity in our world. Dyslexia, ADHD, Celiac Disease, depression, and anxiety, and so many other challenging differences are invisible. So, when it comes to diversity, to truly be inclusive of difference, we all need to strive to widen our vision.
Barbie Fink, CCXP, Immediate Past Chair, CXPA Board of Directors and Diversity Advancement Committee Member