Surprising – and gratifying – that the NYTimes, of all places, is publishing a high-quality essay series on disability. The writers are experts by experience, exploring the social model in public.
Rivers Solomon’s essay on diabetes is particularly insightful and beautifully written: they write what diabetes means at the intersection of black, fat, & dyke.
Today, when I do manage to control my diabetes, it’s at the cost of almost every other element of my life. Every bite I ingest requires a complex algorithm, calculating ratios of carb to fat to sugar to insulin to the amount of walking I’ve done. Even when my math is perfect, my sugars rebel. I often fall into dangerous lows (a side effect of taking too much insulin, which sends blood sugar plummeting). I eat an apple to bring my sugar up, and suddenly it’s too high again.