I was at a party lastnight having a discussion about finding a pre-school for my son with diabetes and the importance of having a nurse and teacher who want to care for him without being forced to (it's important to me, anyway) and blah, blah, blah..... A gentleman there innocently referred to my son as being disabled. I got defensive, but not angry and said "He is not disabled." So the gentleman said "Challenged, then." Again, I felt defensive and said "I wouldn't call him challenged either." So, he asked me what I would call it. I was at a loss for words and that doesn't happen often. My husband came to my rescue and said "He's a kid who needs insulin." My poor husband, he couldn't say much because he is this guy's boss.
Here it is the next day and I still have no idea what I should have said, or if I should have said anything. I don't see my son as disabled at all, but I agree that it is a challenge, yet I don't see him as being challenged. I hope that makes sense. Somebody, anybody, tell me how to better handle future conversations like these.