JDRF's Government Day reinforced my feelings on stopping the spread of diabetes myths & perpetuating diabetes realities. More on the event to follow. For now, I hope this post will make you think~
Here’s what I know: We must speak up & right diabetes wrongs when we see them.
We have to open our mouths and speak up in order for others to get diabetes right.
Collectively we can make a difference simply by speaking up whenever we see a wrong that needs to be righted, diabetes or not.
As an individual, you can GOOGLE the Producer of the 6:30 news contact info when you hear the reporter perpetuate a diabetes myth - right from home. And then you can pick up the phone and bug the shit out of them (nicely of course) until they realize the error of their ways~ ;)
You can write "A letter to The Editor" be it on-line or off, whenever you see diabetes screw-ups in print.
You can pick up the phone and call your Senate/Congress woman or man and tell them that you vote, and that you vote for politicians who support diabetes causes – And remind them that your voice is a loud one.
If you see a diabetes company doing something you don't like, CONTACT THEM and let them know.
And the same rules apply when you see a company, Org, media outlet, politician, etc doing something right!
People don't know what life with diabetes is like, unless we explain it.
Diabetes is definitely one of life’s mysteries to those that don't have it. What they know they know from television - and most of that is wrong.
Instead of shooting the messenger (which is always my first inclination) we have to educate the masses when it comes to diabetes.
You (as in the person reading this blog) have to do something, because if you don't, you (we) have no right to complain.
So.... what are you going to do?