I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Dear Mr. Hanks
I was saddened to hear the news
about your diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.I’m sorry that you have joined our ranks.You see, I am one of the millions of people
who have type 2 diabetes too.I was
diagnosed in 2005 and have spent the last 8 years educating myself about this
disease and the myriad ways to control it.
You impressed me, and lots of
others in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), with your knowledge of the
different types of diabetes. Thank you for that. Too many media outlets and celebrities get it
SO wrong.However, there were a few
things that I read in the articles covering your news that trouble me.
First of all, in your attempt to
assure your audience that you are ok, you downplayed the seriousness of type 2
by emphasizing that type 1 is a really, really serious thing.You’re right; it is.But so is type 2.
Next, you made it sound as if
controlling type 2 is simple.Having
lived with this disease for 8 years I can attest to the fact that it is not
simple.Yes, exercise and a healthy diet
go a long way to helping to control diabetes but dramatically changing one’s
diet is never simple.Millions of
Americans are faced with poor nutritional choices on a daily basis.Fighting against that machine is a battle
that is doable but never easy.
My plea is that you will
continue to educate yourself about this disease and use your celebrity to help
dispel so many of the myths that surround this disease and hurt people every
day.We are not a bunch of fat, lazy
slobs.We do not deserve this
disease.It is a really, really serious
condition.There is a vast online
community of people with diabetes, all types.I hope that you will reach out to us for support and encouragement.No one should go through this