** A recent petition on Change.org, Revise Names of Type 1 & 2 Diabetes to Reflect the Nature of Each Disease, has stirred up a bit of controversy in the Diabetes Online Community. Personally, I agree with Lee Ann Thill’s assessment and think it is a waste of time and energy. Reading of my friend Bob Pederson’s feelings toward the petition made it painfully clear that this was indeed insulting to the T2 community and would only serve to fracture the vibrant online diabetes community. A community that seems to have finally coalesced into diabetes, no types, no judging, just support. I decided to post a petition in response to the one listed above.
I want diabetes advocates worldwide to pledge
To have empathy, no matter the type.
To advocate for those with this condition, whatever the type. To pledge to educate about diabetes, regardless of the type.
To correct misinformation and stereotypes that are so common in society and the media.
To recognize the hurt that misinformation and stereotypes cause people everyday. Hurt that is both emotional and physical.
People, who for what ever reason are affected by these stereotypes on a daily basis.
People who just happen to live next door, who just happen to come to your family picnics, who happen to be among those you care for.
People you’ve never met, people also with families and loved ones.
People who happen to have diabetes.
People just like you.
No matter the type.
Please support this effort by signing the petition at Change.org