World Diabetes Day 2016 #WDD16

Today is World Diabetes Day. My initial plan was just to share around my post from last year that I am still so proud of. World Diabetes Day – The Faces of Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Then I went online clicked the hashtag on Twitter for World Diabetes Day and I ended up in floods of tears. A ridiculous over reaction I am sure many … including myself will think.

 

On days like today everything that my son has to cope with due to his Type 1 Diabetes hits me hard. Starting the day with him having a stubborn hypo (low blood glucose level) didn’t really help the emotional side of the day.

 

The tears though were from reading that hashtag and seeing tweets that people had written as jokes about Diabetes. When you write a joke and you use a hashtag like that, well then you mean to hurt people, to be cruel or you are just an ignoramus who only thinks about being seen all over the place by others.

 

The jokes though normally would have just made me roll my eyes and cross my fingers hoping for karma to bite the people in the bum in the future. Let’s face it if you spend your time being mean to others on social media, then your life probably isn’t that happy anyway.

 

There were also lots of tweets from people saying how to cure Diabetes … sometimes mentioning no type, sometimes mentioning Type 1 Diabetes. By the way, there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes … I don’t just inject my son for the hell of it. There were also tweets about how to prevent Diabetes, again often mentioning Type 1. This made me sad and angry as currently there is no prevention for Type 1 Diabetes.

 

I would also like to point out that there are several kinds of Diabetes in the world. Also Type 2 Diabetes which carries the biggest stigma usually is not always caused by lifestyle choices. Plenty of Type 2’s are fit otherwise healthy people. There are lots of causes that aren’t to do with weight or lifestyle. I concentrate on Type 1 on my blog as that’s the type my son lives with. I am definitely no Type 2 basher though, no one deserves any type of Diabetes.

 

Anyway all of the above had me in floods of tears and generally wanting to rip a few people’s heads off. I think sometimes I would be less angry if it wasn’t my son that has Type 1 and it was me. My Mother bear instincts kick in and I want to defend him.

 

Finally calming down I changed screens and went to do something with a Google search and this is what greeted me.

 

Google search

Image courtesy of a screen shot of the wonderful Google.

Google giving me a little bit of a reality check. That wonderful outline of a man you see above is meant to represent Sir Frederick Banting. The man that discovered that insulin could treat Diabetes. Without him, my son and countless others wouldn’t be here right now and would have had a very painful death.

 

World Diabetes Day is held on the 14th November every year, the 14th November was Sir Frederick Banting’s birthday.  (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941).

 

The reality check that I had was that today is not about arguing with people online, it isn’t about being upset by the haters and the general internet trolls. It isn’t about being sad.

 

To me this day is about spreading the word, getting some Diabetes awareness of all types out there. Uniting as a Diabetes community against the trolls not in a confrontational way, but in a spreading so many truths way that their lies and misconceptions get buried amongst all the positive truthful posts online.

 

It should be about celebrating the birthday of a man that I and so many others owe so much to. Happy Birthday Sir Frederick Banting, you may not still be here but what an absolutely amazing legacy you have left behind.

 

Stevie x

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12 Comments

  1. 14 November 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Still so little understanding of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It’s thanks to people like you, Stevie, who talk about it, highlight the difference, share the difficulties and so on, that those of us not personally affected can learn more. You are strong, and so is your son. Keep fighting!

  2. 14 November 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I am thankful for the invention of insulin. It helped me and my daughter during my gestational diabetes. Thank you again for raising awareness of diabetes, which is becoming much more common. People need to be educated, there’s too much inaccurate information out there.

    • 14 November 2016 / 2:06 pm

      I don’t even want to think of the alternative. Just goes to show there is always something to be thankful for really :)

      Stevie x

  3. 14 November 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Your son is lucky to have you fighting his corner! You are amazing and are treating at promoting awareness of Type 1 diabetes, which I knew little about before reading your posts. Ignore the trolls and idiots on twitter, they are clearly ignorant to spout rubbish when they don’t know the facts. Big hugs to you and your son! Which makes me think I’m leaving your other boy out, so hugs to him too! Xx

    • 14 November 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Ha he’s the biggest hugger too ;) Thanks lovely, really does mean a lot

      Stevie xx

  4. 14 November 2016 / 1:53 pm

    You have done so much to raise awareness of Type 1 which is the only way to put people straight and get rid of all the lies and misconceptions that circulate. So well done and keep doing what you’re doing.
    Nat.x

  5. Gill Frood
    14 November 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Great blog – don’t let the jokers on social get to you. I’ve spent the morning getting emotional about the injustice of it all ( my son, now 19 is also T1) – and it’s on days like today that you realise the enormity of what they have to cope with. The piece about Banting cheered me up – as did your blog. Thank you!

    • 14 November 2016 / 2:21 pm

      My pleasure and thank you Gill for taking the time to comment, it really is appreciated and you’ve made me smile. I think we spend so much of our lives just getting on with it, that days like today really do hit us hard and bring it all home. We have amazingly strong sons though.

      Stevie x

  6. 15 November 2016 / 6:28 am

    You do a great job of raising awareness, I know so much more because of you. It definitely should be a day to celebrate this wonderful man, he truly has changed the life’s of so many people. Keep doing what you are doing X