I was inspired to write this post by the super cute Haley over at Naturally Sweet. I have had it ready thinking I would have something else to add, but that has not happened and if I don't post soon... I never will.
In Haley's post; she talked about the documentary "Super Size Me"... you can click on the link above to see what all she has to say about it.
In a nutshell she talks about how D is viewed. This is a HUGE topic around the DOC... and for good reason.
The point is... at the end she asks this question... "If someone went to Times Square and gave them this little quiz what do you think the results would be?"
How does someone get type 1 diabetes?
a) From being fat
b) Hereditary or other unknown causes that have nothing to do with life style choices
c) I don’t know
Here was my response: Their answer would be A for sure. It sucks, but that's just the reality of it all.
I wish that I could say I was not one of those people that would have answered "A" a few years ago, but I can't.
Times are changing though... I can feel it
In defense of my ignorance... no one really talked about D when I was Haley's age. I went to high school with two T1's(that I know of)... One I cheered with(and roomed with at camp) and one I talked to in history my whole junior year. I didn't even know he was diabetic until recently when my husband went hunting with him and made the connection that we knew each other.
I am SO guilty of thinking the same things that I try and educate against today. So I understand. I get it. I get BOTH sides of it.
HOWEVER, as I told Haley... "I think that times are changing".
-I believe they are changing because we are no longer afraid to stand up and talk about the monster that haunts us.
-I believe they are changing because we are now realizing that it is okay to stand up and educate for ourselves and for our children.
-I believe they are changing because we know that education is the ONLY chance we have of finding a cure.
-I believe they are changing because WE REFUSE TO HIDE from the stereotype the media and ancient belief has put upon us.
I believe they are changing because WE ARE STRONGER THAN DIABETES.
I believe they are changing because there is a force of D Mamas and PWD's determined to make it happen. I stand beside Haley, Laura and Nicole and everyone else who's taking a stand and trying to make a difference.
There will always be stereotypes, but we will overcome them. One stereotype at a time. Everyday. Until the day we don't have a reason to fight anymore. On that day... there will be a cure.