A Saturday Reflection. After reading posts on the Forum for 3 years I see many different ‘types’ of poster. It got me thinking this morning after reading yet more ‘conspiracy’ theories on this and other forums so I thought I would post a lateral view. I have always been a ‘fan’ of Elizabeth Kubler Ross. I read her model when I had great need of some form of help in the grief process and I have re-read and used it many times since. It not only pertains to grief but also to any of life’s traumatic processes such as illness....such as Diabetes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model 1.Denial. We all started here. I don’t have it, it’s a mistake, wrong diagnosis etc. Eventually something jogs us into thinking, ‘ It is happening, what am I going to do about it ? 2.Anger. Here is where the conspiracy theorists come in.’ It’s not me so it must be someone else’s fault’. Who can I blame ? The HCP’s ? The Drug Companies ? This takes the onus from themselves to accept their part in the process.( For those with Type 1 then often the anger is directed at something that may have happened that they had no control or knowledge of in the first place such as an illness etc ). 3.Bargaining. This is where they grab onto the ‘magic bullets’ or ‘snake oil ‘cures. Finding something that may ‘cure’ diabetes and thus save the problem of actually getting down to dealing with the problem and doing something pro active about it and accepting that we have Diabetes for life. 4.Depression. A stage, unfortunately that can last a long time and also that can return again. 5. Acceptance. Where we come to terms with our Diabetes and do our best to control it by changing lifestyle and accepting that we have to be the expert in our treatment and that it is our responsibility to look after ourselves. If you read this and think, ‘ What a load of rubbish ‘ then all I ask is for you to sit and think for a minute..... None of us escape the grief process. Some go through the process quickly, some get stuck at one stage or another for a while. Are you one of those ? It’s just another view on life as I have seen it.