I tried to write a letter but…
I should have followed Justice’s example and just written a letter to a friend.
I do find it annoying to be standing in line at the pharmacy, looking at the small magazines that proclaim you can cure your diabetes. I also find it annoying to see the ads that show up on my facebook page claiming to have the perfect diabetes cure/diet/whatever. We don’t watch enough TV for me to be familiar with the misleading ads.
I try not to assume anything and probably stupidly, I assume everyone else is the same. A favorite evening out shortly after my diagnosis had an aquaintance look at me and say, “So, educate me about the types of diabetes.”
Another friend, with Type 2, came to my office to let me know about her newest, lowest A1c. She was so, so excited and she didn’t know anyone else who would do a loud, “Allright!” if she told them the number. She’s worked very hard for that number and I was so pleased for her. And it’s lower than mine!
BUT – I am not a mom of a child with diabetes, nor did I have Type 1 as a child. And so, I’m probably not as defensive about Type 1/Type 2. And I probably would be a fiercely, defensive mom of a child with diabetes if someone was ever silly enough to ask if I’d fed him too much sugar. Go watch this from Joanne, if you haven’t seen it.
We live in a predominantly “retirement area” and there are lots of people with Type 2. Sadly, they don’t know that. When they tell me, “I have diabetes, too.” I ask, “Oh, what type?” And they don’t know that they have Type 2. They tell me their doctor just told them they have diabetes and they need to lose weight. That drives me nuttier than the media stuff!
I do agree that media – tv, newspapers, magazines, etc… frequently get it wrong. And I applaud those who take the time to correct them when needed. And yes, I love eating ice cream and will continue to do so, hopefully, for years to come.
And today, November 11th, I remember and thank all veterans. I’m the daughter of one.