Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Are You My Type?
Why is this? I was thinking about this yesterday. Is it because there are more Type 1s online? Since they are stereotypically younger, are the Type 2s just old and not tech savvy? Are the Type 1s just more vocal?
Or are the Type 2s in hiding because of society's stereotypes?
That last question hit me hard. Although I don't fit those stereotypes, I'm always looking out for the comments. I'm always afraid of hearing the Type 2 jokes. Calling people who have diabetes fat, lazy, over-eaters hurts.
The cartoon that mimics a math word problem is a good example of misinformation. "Billy had 32 candy bars. He ate 28. What does he have now? Diabetes. Billy has diabetes." No, he does not. Sugar doesn't cause diabetes. What he has is a major stomach ache!
But back to my original thought. Although most of the people I know with diabetes, online or in real life, have Type 1, most of the time that does not matter. We may manage our disease a little differently, but our fears are the same. Our complications are the same. Our hope for a cure is the same!
When I meet someone with diabetes, I might ask them what type they have or what resources they use (diet, exercise, oral meds, injection, insulin pump). However that's just small talk. Once I've met someone with diabetes, there's a little connection there. We're part of the same family. It doesn't matter if we have Type 1, Type 2, LADA, or gestational diabetes. Yes, I would love to meet more Type 2s my age, but that doesn't mean I can't feel supported by someone who doesn't fit that criteria. I can still offer support to someone who wears an insulin pump even though I don't.
I still feel that Type 2s need to have a more visible role in the DOC and world in general. Don't hide! We're all here to support you!