You can’t lose weight for your wedding? But you don’t look sick?

Being recently engaged, I’ve been fighting the same battle every bride-to-be does: weight loss.

Apparently, having a ring on your left hand gives people the permission to inquire as to your weight.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that I have a blood sugar disorder called reactive hypoglycemia.

Basically, I have lower blood sugar than the normal person. When my blood sugar drops, it drops drastically causing a headache, hot flashes, mood swings and dizziness.

To prevent these symptoms, I am on a strict diet. My diet is similar to that of a diabetic, I can’t eat super sugary foods or drink non-diet soft drinks. I eat a snack every two hours to keep my blood sugar level constant.

As with most things in my life, my eating schedule is always subject to change due to random farm happenings.

When my eating does get off schedule and the symptoms hit, my family, fiance and best friends don’t think much about it. Usually, they just back off and let either my mom or Aaron handle it.

Every now and then, however, someone will offer their advice.

I learned pretty quickly that some people are convinced that they’re experts and you just have to laugh them off. If you know anyone with a chronic condition, you know they go through the same thing.

Sometimes though, it gets to be too much.

If I only had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “Well my friend was diabetic and she had no problem losing weight for her wedding.”

First of all, I’m not diabetic. Secondly, I doubt your friend just dropped 20 lbs over night. Finally, I can’t just skip meals or drastically alter my diet like a normal person does. Trust me, you don’t want to see me when I don’t eat!

Its comments like this that sent me googling weight loss tips for hypoglycemics this afternoon when I came across this great website called But You Don’t Look Sick.

This site is awesome because it connects people with chronic conditions that aren’t obvious and gives them somewhere to vent. While browsing the site, I found this post that was too good not to share:

Top 10 WORST suggestions commonly given to someone with a chronic illness:

1)Have you tried holistic options? (many. I’ll bring it back up with my doctor on my next visit, thanks.)

2) Could it be your stress? (My opinion is, it is my illness. I’ll bring it up with my doctor though, thanks.)

3) Could it have to do with the altitude? (I’ll bring it up with my doctor…thanks.)

4) I read in {insert any generic magazine here} about a new medication. Have you heard about it? (I was on it when it came out 17 years ago. but I’ll bring it up with my doctor. thank you.)

5) Have you thought about being in a trial study? (I’ll ask my doctor. thanks?)

6) WOW. If I were you, I don’t know what I would do. I might just kill myself. (Thanks?)

7) Have they found what is causing the problem? (no. my doctor is an idiot. I’ll remind him, thanks!)

8 ) Have you tried hypnosis? (I’m still sick, but when the phone rings I bark like a dog.)

9) Have you googled your illness? (….no! thanks!)

10) Have you ever thought you were getting sick because you haven’t wrapped your house in aluminum foil because, you know, the aliens have been bugging our houses for the past 30 years and in some cases, making people really sick. I read on…..gee I lost the web site. but it’s true! I heard it from Sally’s cousin’s sister-in- law. And then every time you use deodorant you would think you would be warding off these bugging rays, but it still makes it worse, so you are not being pro-active to your health by wearing that deodorant. I can’t believe you! If you wanted to get better you would stop wearing deodorant..(voice gets fainter and fainter the further you just walk away.) THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

I encourage you to share this with your friends who are living with a chronic illness. It might just be the laugh they need.

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.


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