There is a huge debate/petition going around the internet to change the name of diabetes. You can read that here: The petition that started it all.
There have also been many blogs written about it as well, which you can read here: Let’s come out of the D-cave together and here: D-Association.
This is OUR response:
Educate, educate, educate! It’s not the name. The name isn’t going to change the way people/the media look at this disease.
Educate and advocate for YOUR diabetes! Be proud of who you are, what you’ve done, how far you’ve made it in this life with YOUR diabetes. If we stop comparing – t1, t2, gestational, etc – our diabetes, we would be so much happier!
My 11 yr old daughter, a type 1, says that no matter what it’s called-it will always be DIABETES. So get out there, and do something! Don’t sit around thinking that a name change is going to change the world! So be like her, get out there and educate others. Advocate for yourself, for YOUR D!
We have signed this petition and hope that you will as well: One Petition to Help them All!
It is up to each and every one of us (as caregivers, parents or a person with diabetes) to educate others in this world. Without the ACCURATE education that only WE can provide, the world will continue on the path of ignorance that it headed down right now. We need to educate and advocate for ourselves and our loved ones!
When I first heard of this petition to change the name, to prevent others from stereotyping and to get rid of the stigma that goes along with this disease; I thought “OH HELL YEAH!” However, the more I thought about it, the more I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter what it is called because there will ALWAYS be ignorant people who stereotype. That’s just the way it is. Instead we need to get out there and do something about the way WE think, and how WE educate and how WE raise our children. It is something that only WE can do! Love yourself, Love your Diabetes, love others and their Diabetes!
We need to stick together, like family! After all, we are one huge D-Family! We might have disagreements, but we are still family.