Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December, December

November has come and gone, taking the waves of world diabetes month posts and comments with it.

Yet somehow, I still have diabetes. Funny thing, that.

I have been feeling a little bit like a negative nancy towards diabetes lately, and I think it's battling off a round of burn out. I am trying to stay engaged.

The ignorant comments just don't stop. I feel like they never will. Maybe it's the long dark evenings, short daylight and limited number of sunny days that are influencing how I feel towards my work and advocacy lately.

It's still burning in my brain that as our society moves ahead, we (and I mean..I use the royal we here..) are lacking empathy. People just do not stop to think about what they post on the Internet, or what they say may actually negatively effect someone else. We are quickly losing sight that we should be helping other people feel good instead of revelling in the fact that we feel better than others.

I posted about my strongly worded opinion in response to an article that was at the surface helping people, but when you read between the lines it was shaming people. It seems to be so...accepted to imply that another person doesn't know enough about their bodies or their chronic illness that they need a stranger's advice. The writer of the article I criticised did email me after my letter was run as an opinion column in the newspaper. I will hand it to her, she handled the heat I gave her with great poise. She was very friendly in her clarifications to me, and we have agreed to disagree....I guess. I did send her research from diatribe and the DAWN2 study about the stigmatisation people living with diabetes feel because of articles like hers. I do hope that maybe my strongly worded letter helps her think about her posts. However, I doubt they will change a lot. This particular writer and lots like her make a lot of money of the stigmatization of diabetes-whether they see it like that or not.

I make it my personal goal to try and educate people when they are spreading misconceptions and medical mis-informations about obesity and diabetes. Probably because these things really do hit home for me. Maybe it's a selfish thing that I focus my advocacy efforts like that.

Anyway, I have been feeling a little hopeless towards people caring about the people with diabetes instead of the disease itself. Maybe it's because I work in fundraising and dollars are hard to come by, maybe it's because I hate the winter and I have literally nothing else to complain about?


  1. If not you, who will speak out? If not we, who will speak out? How can the stigmatization hope to end if we don't at least try? You did the right thing, despite the results. Thank you.

  2. I could not agree with you more. I sometimes feel like we've lost the whole support aspect of what we do, online and off. And that's sad.