I just had an inspiration while I was trying to draft a blog post about the holidays, and all of the challenges that holidays can present for diabetics, and I wanted to run the idea by all you'all, 'cause I consider you to be the "experts" on T1.
I'm pretty sure that 99.99% of the American population is pretty much burned out on hearing statistics about "diabetes". Paricularly since most of those statistics presented by the news are accompanied by video clips of really fat butts waggling down the sidewalk and lectures about obesity (you all know exactly what I'm talking about, I'm sure). With this type of depiction of "diabetes", with the inference that all diabetics have brought the disease on themselves through poor lifestyle choices, it can be really difficult to 1) draw a distinction between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, 2) humanize the children and young people and adults who have been inflicted with T1, and 3) encourage funding for T1 research. I know that this frustration has been vented by so many members of this forum, including myself, but we've never been able to figure out a way to draw the "collective" attention toward T1, educating the populace, and getting funding to support finding a cure for T1.
But, and idea just came to me. In the face of all of the over-exposure in the media about "diabetes" (meaning, type 2 diabetes), what if we started talking about "the little d". "Little", as in "little people"....kids....living with diabetes. "little d", as in teens and tweens who are navigating those particulary challenging years. "little d", as in adults who have lived with diabetes for decades and are still goin' strong.
So, I know this is just a nugget of an idea, but I wanted so send it out to you all before I sat down and tried to make something of it.
Thoughts? Comments? Ideas?