Ben Lockwood needed to take his medicine when a complete stranger confronted him.
There’s thought to be over half a million people in the UK with diabetes who have yet to be diagnosed.
This would make the total number of people living with health condition an estimated four million.
It’s not an insignificant number.
Despite that, however, there are frequent instances when those living with diabetes are forced to explain their condition to complete strangers, having been mistaken for someone abusing drugs – and confronted aggressively.
This is what happened to Ben Lockwood recently on his commute home from work, and it comes with an important lesson to us all.
“I’m sitting at the bus stop waiting to go home from work, tested my blood sugar level and it was a little high,” Ben explained on Facebook.
“So I sat down and pulled out my Novorapid to give myself an injection.
“Halfway through some bloke walks past and asks ‘What do you think you are doing? You can’t do that in a public place you druggie scum bag!'”
Despite being made to feel incredibly uncomfortable while in a vulnerable position, Ben adds, “But no, I didn’t bite his head off.
“I finished my injection, unscrewed the needle and proceeded to explain, in every detail imaginable, that I have type 1 diabetes and what that involves on a daily basis.
“Five minutes later, the guy has given me a hug and couldn’t apologise enough. Rant over.”
That’s where this particular confrontation ended. But not only is it NOT an isolated incident, it’s also unlikely to be the last time a diabetic is forced to defend themselves.
To this end, Ben wants to “use this experience in the most positive way possible.
“I’m gonna start spreading more awareness about type 1 diabetes! The picture [above] is of my Novorapid, it’s in a bright orange cartridge, as you can see.
“If you or anyone ever has any doubts or concerns over someone injecting or testing in a public place;
- “please realise it takes a lot of courage to do that kinda thing in public trust me;
- “just bloody ask once they’ve finished, a little privacy is just common courtesy;
- “And we don’t need any pity, just understanding!
“I’m sure most diabetics would agree with me and be pleased to talk about anything you have worries over! If only one person learns from this then I’ve still done what I set out to do!”
Originally published by Zahra Mulroy at Mirror.co.uk
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