I am normally fairly sympathetic towards other diabetics, that is, I’m fairly sympathetic towards other Type 1 diabetics. Type 2 diabetics, I mostly have no sympathy for, mainly because it’s been my experience that if you have type 2 diabetes you’re a Twinkie eating couch potato that was told you had to get out and exercise and eat healthier and you never did. For you, I have no sympathy. It is because of these types of diabetics (type 2 diabetics) that a certain person (read: fourth grade teacher) when she found out that I had gotten diabetes over the summer between fourth and fifth grade said “it was all that sugar you used to eat”. Mind you that I didn’t eat much sugar in my younger years and I don’t exactly eat much sugar now in my older years either. I was lucky if I could trade my sammich or fruit for a brownie with another student and it didn’t happen often. Sugar was not a normal thing on my diet. It was saved for special occasions. No, I did not get diabetes because of a diet issue and I sure as hell didn’t get it because I was as inactive as a slug lying on the pavement. I got it because my body attacked itself. My beta cells that produced insulin were destroyed by my very own immune system. I have an autoimmune disease, not a disease caused by my horrid eating habits (that I don’t and never had had).
Type 1 diabetes is clearly not caused by bad eating habits or a sedentary lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand is, and it is for the Type 2 diabetics that I have little to no sympathy for. It is (in my opinion) that Type 2 diabetics bring diabetes upon themselves due to their health and unhealthy habits. It is the Type 2 diabetics that bring so much misunderstanding of this disease to the people and let people think that everyone brought it upon themselves. The world (read: me) thinks that diabetics are lazy couch potatoes that sit around eating Twinkies and that we deserve to live the rest of our lives with taking insulin via injections and the side effect of increased health risks because we don’t take care of ourselves. I guess I got on my soapbox; I’m stepping off it now. Actually, I’m not, I’m frustrated by Type 2 diabetics, and the misconceptions caused by them, and it’s a misconception and frustration that all Type 1 diabetics have to live with, and then we have to try to correct it. Just because some people (read: Type 2 diabetics) got diabetes because of their sedentary lifestyle and horrid eating habits doesn’t mean that we all did. And actually, I’m being a little harsh perhaps, because you don’t have to be a Twinkie eating couch potato to get Type 2 diabetes, but some people were/are, others were not.
It really frustrates me that there are people in my family that are pre-diabetic because of of their weight which is an attribute of their poor eating habits and lack of exercise and they don’t care. It frustrates that they’ve known what diabetes has done to me and how I’ve had to fight with it for 15 years and all the things I’ve had to do to stay alive and they know most the things I haven’t done that have almost killed me and yet they don’t correct what they’re doing. It frustrates me that people that are pre-diabetic are told that they need to eat better and get more exercise if they don’t want to be a full fledged insulin dependent diabetic and they don’t heed what the doctors tell them and thus they experience what Type 1 diabetics experience from the moment they’re diagnosed. It frustrates me that they’re already having to check their blood once a day and yet it wouldn’t bother them if they had to check more. IDIOTS is all I ever want to scream, do you not know what you’re doing by not taking care of yourself, that maybe if you ate better and exercised a little you’d be better off than I ever was when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Hell, they’re better off right now than I ever was after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I just don’t understand why, in today’s day and age, people don’t understand what they’re doing to themselves when they don’t take care of themselves. Why they don’t take the second chance that was given to them when the doctors say “you need to eat better, you need to exercise, you can control this” why they feel the need to let it get to the point where they’re taking pills and then after the pills they let it go a little bit further to where they’re taking shots and then all of the sudden they feel the need to proclaim themselves as a Type 1 diabetic. No, you’re not a Type 1 diabetic, you never were, and you never will be. You went from being a Type 2 diabetic to an insulin dependent Type 2 diabetic (all because of your stupidity if I do say so myself.)
My frustration with Type 2 diabetics stems from what I know, couch potatoes and Twinkies, and these are the diabetics I have no sympathy for. There are many of us (Type 1 diabetics) that didn’t bring diabetes upon ourselves, and I just can’t understand why someone would bring it upon their selves, especially when they’re given the chance to control it before it gets so out of control that they’re pushed into the level of care that Type 1 diabetics have to give themselves (i.e. shots, constant blood glucose monitoring)…Type 2 diabetes is preventable, Type 1 is not…there’s no reason that the healthy, non-diabetics (who aren’t pre-disposed for Type 1 diabetes) can’t prevent this disease from entering their lives…
This is excerpt from my NaNoWriMo project: Confessions of a Type 1 Diabetic. For the curious, it’s 1020 words bringing my NaNoWriMo total to 7597 words.