What's in a name?
A name...have you ever really thought about it? How important a name really is! It defines us, without a name you are a mystery, no reference, no definition, no relation. We all have names, you may not like your name or you may want to change your name but that is what defines you. Everyone and every document knows you as that name. It took me 2 long weeks to name Cara after she was born but she finally got a name. Actually Cara has 3 names because a single name is not good enough, she has a first, middle and last which helps to distinguish her from all the other Cara's.
Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes have names, actually just like Cara they have 3 names, a first, a middle and a last. Each part as important as the next. 3 names all helping to define and distinguish them from each other. However somewhere along the way people seemed to have gotten lazy or just stupid and have started to name type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes as DIABETES... they named dropped.
Can you imagine if we as a society decided to name drop and only used our last names? Could you see the chaos?
Chaos is the word to explain what has happened in this name drop of diabetes...pure chaos and with chaos comes confusion and with confusion people form misconceptions. And it is that, peoples misconceptions of this disease that is the biggest deterrent in spreading awareness and facts about this disease and therefor giving type 1 diabetes the respect and support (support for our children in schools, support in cooperation, support in knowledge) it should demand.
and it all comes down to a misused NAME...A NAME DROP!
The media is the biggest offender of the name drop, with misleading print and audio adds, t.v. commercials, uninformed talk show hosts (YES that means you Oprah and you Dr. Oz) all share a part in increasing this CHAOS .
We and everything around us has names for a reason, FULL and complete names...
SO LETS START USING THEM!!
HERE is an add explaining the pro's for breast feeding from the State of Michigan. Recently this add has been driving me nuts. Every time I hear it I want to throw something out the window. Not only does it name drop, type 2 diabetes to just diabetes, it leads people to think that "diabetes" is preventable by breast feeding a huge misconception in the type 1 diabetes community.
So have you heard anyone name dropping recently??