****Before I start I just wanted to say that we made it through the border crossing with no problems!! I didn't think we would, but you never know. The questions they ask seem so personal!! One of them my hubby wanted to say "That's none of your business.", but figured he shouldn't. Next time if it's possible I'll be sure to take a doc's note.****
I really want to vent a little about the name of this disease. It's so confusing when you talk to people. Most people....including me before J.J. was diagnosed....have no clue there is a difference between type 1 and type 2. But what torqued me tonight was when I opened my mail.
I opened a letter from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and across the top in bold letters it said:
"There's already one cure for diabetes. Now help us find another."
Here I am thinking...."WHAT?? A CURE???"
I figured it was bait to get me to read the letter and ask for money. So I took the bait. I was interested. But as I read I just got angry. The ADA of all organizations should do their best to educate people about the differences in these two diseases....but the letter disgusted me.
This is the beginning of the letter:
Dear Friend of the American Diabetes Association,
One of the cures for diabetes is closer than you might think.
It's not in a research laboratory......not published in a prestigious medical journal.....and it hasn't been transplanted into the pancreas of a lab mouse.
No, one of the easiest and most effective cures for diabetes is right in front of you--it's your own two feet.
Research has shown that the best way to prevent diabetes is to make sure you never get it.
O.k.....by this time I didn't even want to read on!!! I am just staring at the word "prevent".....WHAT??? PREVENT??? I just hate seeing the dreaded "P" word when used in the same sentence with diabetes.....especially type 1. Just makes me want to spit.....and then cry.....if I could've prevented this disease from coming into our family and changing us all forever don't you think I would have???
Then my eyes hung on "MAKE SURE YOU NEVER GET IT." NEVER GET IT!! MAKE SURE!!!??
Now... I understand....and hopefully the people that read my blog understand that there is a difference between type 1 and type 2. BUT most people don't!!! And for the ADA to lump all diabetes patients with the one word "diabetes" just stinks!! There is only one mention that the letter may be written about type 2 diabetes and it just says "Even if you already have type 2 diabetes..."...blah, blah, blah. The rest of the letter has facts about how "diabetes" is on the rise...."every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed".....DIAGNOSED WITH WHAT? Type 1 or Type 2.
I know I've vented about this before and honestly this isn't a battle between type 1'ers and type 2'ers.....I don't know much about type 2, but I can sympathize....what I'm so frustrated about is the confusion that is brought about by having these two related, yet different diseases lumped under the term "diabetes"......and to have ADA not even distinguish.....now that is just sad (and maddening) to me!!
So please.....someone, somewhere come up with another NAME for this disease.....maybe we should hold a contest.......NAME THIS DISEASE PLEASE contest!!