I have a wonderful friend at work who doesn't have diabetes. She is a very kind and sensitive person and has felt like someone I could be open with about diabetes when it naturally came up. Like when we are traveling together for instance. Or when I told her about the battery failure in my presentation last week. Or when I was dealing with having surgery. She's been a kind and good listener.
This morning she told me about how she and her husband were at her preschoolers orientation this weekend and that the young woman who was showing them around the school had a pump. She wanted to tell the woman that she knew about insulin pumps because of me. But in the end she decided not to because the focus was on her son and his new school.
Regardless, it made me feel good that she noticed the young woman's pump and that she wanted to say something. It made me feel good for the young woman that someone who didn't have diabetes noticed that she did. I'm glad that I've been open with my friend about my diabetes and that in turn, she understood what it means for someone else. In my mind, it's better when being diabetic is noticed, considered and normalized. And openess begets normalcy.