Is diabetes a disease which has an onslaught of possible complications and is a life sentence of constant management that at any given moment can have a disastrous impact on the person suffering with it?
Is diabetes something that we constantly teach our children that they can ‘do anything’ with and that their only limitations would be their own imaginations. Diabetes should stop them from nothing. In fact it is a better lesson taught to teach our children that they have ‘a condition’ and not a disease.
Do we want impactful announcements screaming that there is a difference between T1 and T2 and to let the public know the very fears we live with every day, and so do people with diabetes?
Do we want commercials with kids on swings and smiling faces and beautiful music and a message that people should get involved to help find a cure for these kids looking like they are having a ton of fun?
Where is the line drawn in the sand?
It seems lately there has been so much discussion on change needed but at the same time we let our voices be heard that we are ‘offended’ at almost every attempt to get a message out to the public.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying you, I’m saying we. I’m as guilty as any parent at some of these thoughts and actions and quite frankly, I do not know what to do about it.
The Smile Train is quite clear on showing little children with disfigured faces saying we need to fix this and need your help; commercials of cancer show bald children suffering with their pains of their disease–rarely sugar-coated at all; and even a damaged dog sitting soaking wet in cage stating it is up to us to save it; are all just small examples of ‘getting the message out’.
But not T1 diabetes.
Is it our fault? We do not want our children to see the facts; we have something to say, quite loudly, if there is death mentioned and yet at the same time we wonder why the public-at-large does not know anything about T1 diabetes; we wonder why there are only “PINK” football helmets and “Pink” baseball bats. We wonder why people do not throw money at all of the various causes surrounding diabetes.
There needs to be a line drawn in the sand………THAT will NEVER happen until we are the ones to do it. Because no one knows like us; no one sees like us; no one fears like us. But if we don’t shine the light, no one will know. WE are the ONLY ONES who can flip that light switch.
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