That’s a tricky question.
I want to be all empowering and say NO it is not because I can do everything that everyone else can do
But at the end of the day yes I do think it is because with out me perfectly in control everyday I am slowed down by my diabetes. I can’t always participate in things because my body doesn’t function with out me physically putting work into my health.
I think that it is a disability that can be monitored and controlled and certainly doesn’t disable me as much as other diseases and disabilities.. But PERSONALLY yes I do believe it is.
If you have another opinion feel free to message it to me and I can share it with everyone.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this too, and whether or not I consider it a disability. The other day I was filling out an application for something, and there was a disabilities notification section with a list of examples of disabilities and a drop down box for me to select Yes or No to whether or not I had a disability. Diabetes was on that list, so I had to select Yes.
Also, diabetes is recognized as a disability under the ADA.
Aside from these technicalities, do I personally believe diabetes is a disability? Well, on one hand, I’m still able to do things that other people do—like you said. However, on the other hand, I have to take extra measures to be able to do these things, and I have to know my limits which tend to set the bar a bit lower than most other people.
Sometimes I look at diabetes in its basic terms—a condition in which a part of our body doesn’t do its job, so we require pumps and pens and sometimes service animals to help us survive. This I think shows similarity to a lot of more visibly disabled folk, like amputees who require artificial legs for example, because they no longer have a leg to do the job for them. Like us, they also require extra steps to be able to accomplish tasks that regular people do.
So I guess overall I would definitely consider it to be a disability; a more invisible one, which gives us a bit more privilege socially (though I could argue that insulin pumps make it much more visible), but a disability nonetheless.
A very tricky question which will definitely get many mixed responses from various diabetics. But an important topic to discuss, I think.