I agree totally! This is a HUGE aggrevation of mine. When you're young and say you have diabetes people either have no clue what it really is or think it's "no big deal" because LOTS of people have diabetes...like "my Grandpa had that..." This really bugs me....First of all - when you're a little kid and are diagnosed - at least for me , I was not so eager to tell my friends when I was 7 that I was a diabetic because I was afraid they'd think I had a contagious disease or that they would treat me differently.
So many people, when you say that you are a diabetic, don't realize the difference between type 1 and type 2 and certainly do not understand the differences in severity. For example - I work at a physical rehabilitation center. Most of the patients that we have are over 50 and are overweight which led to them needing knee or hip surgery and poor lifestyle choices and obesity also led to their type two diabetes. Most of these patients are able to control it by diet and oral meds. I have had more than one coworker tell me that it was 'no big deal' that I was a diabetic because over half of the patients that we had were a diabetic...Well - I finally got really upset one day and told one particular coworker that yes there are many people that come in here with type two diabetes which can be controlled by a pill and less cookies and sodas....that they often times "asked for it" in a way by poor lifestyle choices for most of their life (although of course that's not always the case) and if they lost weight and changed their way of eating and started excercising a lot of them would no longer be classified as a diabetic at all. Unlike us type one's who were, most of us, diagnosed as a child and had to learn to endure several finger sticks and shots a day and that our bodies had to endure stress on our eyes, kidneys, heart, etc. before we had a chance fully physically and emotionally/mentally develop!
Thanks for listening - sorry for the LONG post...didn't mean to drag it on this long!
Anyone else ever feel this way about it?