Thursday, December 30, 2010

Diabetes What??

 What is DIABETES?...anyone...can you please tell me?  
Please explain to me what that singular term DIABETES means?


 How would you describe it? 
Can you describe it? 
Just think about it for a few minutes...can you explain, define the term DIABETES?

What causes DIABETES? What is the treatment of DIABETES?What are the signs and symptoms of  DIABETES? 
Trick Question? HMMM

ANYONE?

My point is that the word diabetes, by itself, without the use and specifics of the types in front of it makes NO SENSE!!

I can tell you what Type 1 diabetes is, the causes, the treatments, the signs and symptoms.
I can tell you what Type 2 diabetes is, the causes, the treatments, the signs and symptoms.
I can tell you what Gestational diabetes is, the causes, the treatments, the signs and symptoms.

BUT

without making any sort of distinction I can NOT tell you what DIABETES is, I can not tell you the causes, the treatments, the signs and symptoms because the term DIABETES by itself has no meaning.  What it does have is confusion, stigmas, judgments and untruths... and because of this it is NO longer in my vocabulary. 

When people speak to me about "DIABETES" I will seem confused and I will ask for some clarification. 
I will ask them to widen their vocabulary, 
I will ask them to condense their definition, 
I will ask them to be more specific, 

and hopefully in turn I will be asking them to educate and  
stop spreading misconceptions 
about any and all TYPES of DIABETES.


more thoughts on the term "DIABETES"
WHAT'S UP WITH ALL THE NAME DROPPING






5 comments:

Laura said...

I hear ya!! So true!!!
Great post!!

Wendy said...

Rockin' the EDUCATION train into 2011. Keep up the great work!!! I know you're going to do amazing things with all your advocacy efforts up there. I HAVE FAITH IN YOU, my friend!

Reyna said...

Great post Nicole. I too have to ask for clarification when people just use "diabetes" when asking me a question. There is no right answer to the questions unless the type is identified.

Happy New Year!

Hallie said...

You are so right, Nic! If only the world understood this... And it can start with us! Awesome post, my friend! Here's to a Diabetes Free 2011!

Amy said...

Only WE can be the change we want to see in the world! So, onward with correcting people on the TYPE and once we get that settled, we can move on to what Type 1 kids can eat ;)

Happy New Years, Nicole!