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And One Petition to Help Them All

** 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.

We’re people.

People just like you.

No matter the type.

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Please support this effort by signing the petition at Change.org

  • Sue/RFamHere’s Ramblings

    Thank you!!! I signed (as you knew I would).

    • http://strangelydiabetic.com Scott Strange

      Thanks Sue!

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  • Tim Brand

    Good points! Ive been chewing on this mentally and will post my thoughts soon. My dad has T2 and my girls have T1. :/

    • http://strangelydiabetic.com Scott Strange

      Hi Tim, I’m lucky that I get the best of both worlds… A T1 with insulin resistance… Wonder what fancy name we should get?

  • http://pearlsa.com/blog/ Pearlsa (Adjoa Pearlsa)

    Signed! Thank you for setting up the petition

  • Tim Harrison

    I signed

  • Lee Ann Thill

    Beautiful. Signed. Shared.

  • Cara

    Yup. I’m signing this. ;) Simple & beautiful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kellykunik Kelly Kunik

    Beautiful, signed & shared on both facebook pages!
    And thanks so much for doing this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/princessldybg Cheri Pate

    Well said, my friend. We are ALL in this together. No matter the type. :)

  • Erin Gilmer

    While I agree with the ideas in your pledge to have empathy, advocate for all, work to fight stereotypes and misinformation, I signed the pledge to change names.

    There was another blog post about this issue over at Diabetes Mine – http://www.diabetesmine.com/2013/04/the-kerfuffle-over-new-names-for-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes.html and I see the point that perhaps having different names creates increased stigma.

    But here’s the thing. I am beyond frustrated with the confusion in society between type 1 and type 2. Continuing to have them both under the diabetes umbrella only further leads to misunderstanding and misinformation.

    To be honest, I honestly never say I have diabetes – I say I have an autoimmune disease affecting my pancreas. From doctors to laypersons, if I say the d-word I am immediately fat and lazy and told I can’t eat sugar. This is not true for either type – but because type 2 is associated with obesity, the cause of my illness is attributed to the same societal issues.

    Also, to be clear, I advocate for type 2’s endlessly. I talk about the fact that type 2 is more genetically linked, that type 2 arises more in minority communities, that type 2 can happen for many different reasons that have nothing to do with personal responsibility of self care. I was the one whooping in support for @AngryT2Diabetic stood up at Medicine X and put the doctor on stage in his place. (see her post about her experience at the conference her – http://theangrytype2diabetic.blogspot.com/2012/10/finding-my-true-hope-my-adventures-at.html). The room needed her to speak and to speak loudly.

    I think the petition and these ideas listed here are not exclusive. I think in changing the names we will actually reduce stigma, dispel misinformation, fight stigmas. By changing the names we recognize the actual diseases each have which will lead to compassion in understanding their lives and challenges. We are all people with different diseases that need to be recognized to truly change the culture’s perceptions and understanding.