DBlog Week: Topic 2….I know I’m late :/

DBlog Week, Topic 2: 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?

So I’m a little late in starting the blog week that I was so looking forward to…but, as you all know, life is hectic at times! I decided to start today but am going to do a little recap and start off with Topic 2, so here goes!

If I could write a petition concerning Diabetes I would most definitely choose to write one about the differences in diabetes types and the need for education to the general public concerning both.

With the recent increase in Type 2 diabetes over the past few years I have noticed a very serious issue unfolding for society. Growing up as a type 1 diabetic I like to think of myself as a self-proclaimed ‘expert’ of sorts on the matter…and I love to discuss my findings/experiences with all the people I can, be they diabetic or not! Years ago when I told people I was a diabetic they usually had no idea what it was and I had to do a quick education session on the type, cause, and ways to care for it. Over the years that has changed significantly. I no longer have to explain what diabetes is, I now have to explain the differences in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When I mention that I am a diabetic I often hear responses such as…

“Oh, you better not eat that then!”

“So do you take pills or insulin yet?”

“Awww…so is my Grandma, and she had to have her leg amputated. So you better take care of it!”

“Eww…you have to do shots? So sorry it has gotten that bad for you honey! Didn’t you try to fix it before it got to that?’

Or (one of my favorites)…

“Try some cinnamon pills! They worked for my Uncle and now he doesn’t have to use shots anymore!”

Haha 🙂 My, my how things have changed. Now when I mention that I am a diabetic it is immediately assumed that I am a Type 2. Which is understandable, considering Type 2 is primarily the one that is talked about in the media on a wide-scale basis. It is the one that more families can relate to. It is the one that more people hear commercials about. It is the one that more people read articles about. This is not the case for Type 1 diabetes. But, Type 2 is equal to Type 1 diabetes in the fact that it is not educated upon to all the people that ‘know and hear so much about it’….and that is a serious tragedy for not only Type 1s and Type 2s, but also for our world in general!

My petition would be focused on not only discussing treatment options for Type 2 patients in society, but also developing thorough education to all patients with it. I would like to also extend it and include education to the general public which focuses on stressing the differences in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and how they affect patients with it, in their own unique ways. I would ask that in all of the media coverage concerning Type 2 diabetes, there be some general information statement stressing that this is NOT the only type of diabetes and how important it is to learn the differences between them.

I have thought of this before many times and came to the conclusion that society tends to like mysteries…so, if a statement could be made that portrays an aire of mystery and presented to the public on a mainstream basis I feel that more people would want to find out the differences in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes!

My example of a ‘logo’ concerning the petition to educate more people on the differences would be:

“Take the Time to Learn the Types…it just might end up Saving Your Life!”