Diabetes in the movies…

A lot of people only know about diabetes from the movies.

A lot of people only know about diabetes from the movies.

Julia Roberts’ character in Steel Magnolia gets mentioned often. The tragic young diabetic bride who dies giving birth.

But it’s Robert De Niro’s portrayal of William Joseph (“Wild Bill”) Donovan in The Good Shepard that sticks with me. Here’s a powerful man, he ran the OSS during World War II, being literally cut down by diabetes. He suffers amputations during the movie and characterizes diabetes as “undignified.”

That this disease not only preys on the weak but can also take down the mighty is truly terrifying.

Stigma…

Stigma, it’s made up of a million microaggressions.

Stigma is a word that comes up time and again when people living with diabetes talk about their lives. Like a glucose meter or glucose tabs, stigma is a constant companion.

Sometimes it gets stated in small, subtle ways. They say things like “Do you have the easy kind of diabetes?”

Sometimes it shows up as false concern or empathy. “Can you eat that?” When what they really mean is “You shouldn’t be eating that.”

Sometimes it’s a flat out judgement. “You shouldn’t have eaten all those donuts for all those years.”

Ultimately all these kind of statements are microaggressions. And honestly most people don’t even realize they are making stigmatizing statements. So what’s the big deal? Why can’t people just shake it off?

Why can’t I just shake it off?

Because the comments add up. It’s constantly being told “I’m wrong.” “I’m broken.” “I’m a failure.” It’s exhausting. It undermines my self-confidence. And it isolates me as someone less worthy.

Stigma, it’s all around me and most people don’t even see it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month AND NaBloPoMO

Diabetes Awareness Month and NaBlogPoMo, November seems like a good time to revive my blog with 30 days of post reflection on life with Type 2 diabetes. Let’s see where this goes…

November 2014.

You see it’s National Diabetes Awareness Month. And it’s National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo.

Seems like a good time to revive my blog with 30 days of post reflection on life with Type 2 diabetes. Let’s see where this goes…

#DBlogWeek 2014 is here

The purpose of #DBlogWeek is to raise awareness, not just about diabetes, but also about the variety of experiences and points-of-views that are represented by the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).

It’s time to show my poor, neglected blog a little love. And it’s always more fun to blog as part of a group. So I’ve decided to participate in this year’s #DBlogWeek or diabetes blog week.

The purpose of #DBlogWeek is to raise awareness, not just about diabetes, but also about the variety of experiences and points-of-views that are represented by the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).

Over a hundred diabetes bloggers from all over the world have registered to participate in this year’s #DBlogWeek. Each day will have its own topic.

I missed Monday’s Change the World post, but I am ready to start with Poetry Tuesday. Here we go!