Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)
I started writing about how I wanted to change people’s perceptions and how everyone has their own opinion of diabetes: ‘you shouldn’t eat that’, ‘I’m going to go into a diabetic coma if I eat that much sugar’, or my personal favourite ‘you must haven eaten a lot of sugar as a child’.
As I start typing, I realised that I would change the name. Diabetes. Not only am I sick to death of hearing that word, more importantly I think that identifying diabetes as either Type One Diabetes or a Type Two Diabetes gives everyone the idea that they are related. Sure, in a way they are, but in a lot of ways they aren’t even the same condition. No wonder the general public have a negative perception of ‘diabetes’. Most people don’t even know the difference between T1 and T2. And with both regularly referred to as just ‘diabetes’ its no wonder!
I can’t help that I have T1, but it would be nice for it to be called something else, something not already well known so that when someone asks me ‘what’s that?’ when referring to my insulin pump I could say ‘it’s for my ______’. Then perhaps, people might be interested and listen instead of jumping in with whatever their sisters’ friends’ boyfriends’ uncle knew about his daughters’ friends’ mother’ diabetes. You get my drift.
(I’m being a bit negative, there are some fantastic people out there that are genuinely interested).