Last night I was in a really good mood. Today, I’m sad. It’s amazing how quickly a mood can change. There is more than one reason for my change in mood but the main reason lies at the feet of
uninformed. Just this morning I read
about two things in the mainstream media that poke fun at diabetes; two things
that make light of diabetes, its causes and complications. I’m not even going to tell you what those
things were (you probably already know) because I see no reason to give those
people even more time in the spotlight for their inability to show caring and
compassion for people who are dealing with a very serious disease.
I’ve already written, multiple times, about how upsetting it is that people in general have no idea what diabetes is really like. The stigma and misinformation that is perpetuated in the media is alarming and depressing. It feels like such a losing battle and that makes me sad.
Today I am writing to say I’m sorry. I apologize to all my T1 friends who have to hear all the crap about overeating and sugar consumption when that has absolutely nothing to do with your disease. I apologize to all the T1 kids out there who have to endure teasing or be ostracized for something that they (or their parents) didn’t cause. I know a lot of you would like “us” to just go away or have our conditions renamed.
I, most of all, apologize to my fellow T2s. Whether we are overweight or thin, active or couch potatoes, tightly control our bg or ignore it, we don’t deserve to be treated this way. I’m sorry. Yes, I know it’s not my fault but this is my way of sending a huge hug out to all of you.
So what now? Should we just roll over, cry some tears and rant and rave against the injustice? No. Complaining to our fellow PWD is like preaching to the choir. I don’t know about you, but I feel another letter to my Congressmen forming in my brain. A letter to the editor is called for. I feel the need to reach out and educate further. My desire to squash the insanity is stronger than ever. Will you join me, please?