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 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.